Two men protected by Rahab because of her faith in their God Yaweh, gave her scarlet cord to identify herself in the presence of danger at the time of Israeli attack on Jericho, her city. Rahab tied the scarlet cord on the window she had let them escape. It was the sign of her alliance with invading Israeli forces!
What could we observe about Rahab’s heart from the way she tied the scarlet cord to the window? See also Josh 24:15 But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your forefathers served beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.”
What significance could we observe about the covenant/promise? Gen 17:10-11 This is my covenant with you and your descendants after you, the covenant you are to keep: Every male among you shall be circumcised. You are to undergo circumcision, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and you.
What could we observe the way those Hebrew people embraced Rahab regardless of her background? See also Ruth 3:10-11 “The LORD bless you, my daughter,” he replied. “This kindness is greater than that which you showed earlier: You have not run after the younger men, whether rich or poor. And now, my daughter, don’t be afraid. I will do for you all you ask. All my fellow townsmen know that you are a woman of noble character.
What is the Lord saying to you about your confession/testimony for the Lord Jesus in life?
How do you want to follow Rahab’s example?
Rahab decided to join the people of Israel the people of God of heaven and earth at the cost of her life. The Hebrew spies saw her confession of faith in their God and promise her that they sure will treat her as well as her father’s household kindly and faithfully. Who has been put on our path by the Lord that we should treat him/her kindly and faithfully for the glory of God?
What could we observe faith of Rahab in the way she treated those men with kindness? See also Heb 11:31 By faith the prostitute Rahab, because she welcomed the spies, was not killed with those who were disobedient.
What could we observe God’s way to reward those who saws seeds of faith and kindness? See also Gal 6:7 Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.
What could we observe the way those Hebrews accepted Rahab into their community from the way she became one of king David’s ancestors? See also Rom 15:7 Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God.
Whom do you see around you that God led that you need to practice acceptance and unity with?
How do you want to be a community with them?
Rahab was different from her king as well as the people of Jericho who heard what God has done to protect the Israelites as they came out of Egypt that the Israelites walked across the Red sea on dry land. She determined to embrace God of the Israelites as her God while others including her king determined to fight against the God and His people;
What could we observe the way the works of the Israelite God impacted Rahab? See also Heb 4:1-2 Therefore, since the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us be careful that none of you be found to have fallen short of it. For we also have had the gospel preached to us, just as they did; but the message they heard was of no value to them, because those who heard did not combine it with faith.
What could we observe the way her people could not get blessed from such an awesome God they heard about? See also Jn 6:14-15 After the people saw the miraculous sign that Jesus did, they began to say, “Surely this is the Prophet who is to come into the world.” Jesus, knowing that they intended to come and make him king by force, withdrew again to a mountain by himself.
What should apostle Paul have done that he could life such a great life? See also Act 26:19-20 So then, King Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the vision from heaven. First to those in Damascus, then to those in Jerusalem and in all Judea, and to the Gentiles also, I preached that they should repent and turn to God and prove their repentance by their deeds.
What is God saying to you about your attitude about what God has revealed to you?
How do you want to respond to God that you might experience heavenly vision?
Two men sent into the land of Jericho by Joshua to spy out the land ran into the house of Rahab who know that the Lord has given the land to the Israelites. She knew who God is and determined to surrender to the God of Israel even it meant to go against her king and her people. God has guided those two men into her without knowing it!
- What could we observe the way those spies guided and protected by someone they have never met? See also Pr 3:5-6 Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.
- What could we observe the way Rahab embraced the God of Israel at the news unlike other people? See also 2 Cor 5:7 We live by faith, not by sight.
- What could we observe the way God has rewarded Rahab’s commitment of faith? See also Mt 1:5-6 Salmon the father of Boaz, whose mother was Rahab, Boaz the father of Obed, whose mother was Ruth, Obed the father of Jesse, and Jesse the father of King David. David was the father of Solomon, whose mother had been Uriah’s wife,
- What is the Lord saying to you about how you should follow Rahab’s example in your life?
- How do you want to respond to His voice?
God has equipped Joshua to be the leader of the millions of Israelites, as he observed and served with Moses for a long time. Though God asked him to lead the people, it was with the same covenant of God for the same task of leading people into the land. Read your journal over the week/ Joshua 1 and see ‘What God has spoken to you’ and ‘How you’ve responded to His voice;
• What could we observe the way God picked up Joshua to replace Moses?
• What could help us to meditate on the law/word of the Lord day and night?
• What would empower Joshua that he might keep himself from fear?
• What must have they have seen that they committed themselves to follow Joshua’s example?
• What is the Lord saying about your attitude toward the leader set before yourself?
• How do you want to respond to His voice?
The new leader Joshua
passes on God’s command to the officers of the people who have heard the same
command from Moses a long time ago. They are pledging their alliance with
Joshua and encourage Joshua as their leader, just as Moses has been. They are
encouraging Joshua to be strong and courageous!
- What could we observe the confidence they had on
Joshua as their God-given leader? See also Deut 31:7 Then Moses
summoned Joshua and said to him in the presence of all Israel, “Be strong
and courageous, for you must go with this people into the land that the LORD swore to their forefathers to give
them, and you must divide it among them as their inheritance. The LORD himself goes before you and will be
with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be
- What could we observe the way Joshua has won their
respect as their leader? 1 Thess 1:5-6 because our gospel came to
you not simply with words, but also with power, with the Holy Spirit and with
deep conviction. You know how we lived among you for your sake. You became
imitators of us and of the Lord; in spite of severe suffering, you welcomed the
message with the joy given by the Holy Spirit.
could we observe the unity of the people in the process of transition of
leadership? Rom 15:5-7 May the God who gives endurance and encouragement
give you a spirit of unity among yourselves as you follow Christ Jesus, so
that with one heart and mouth you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord
Jesus Christ. Accept one another, then, just as Christ
accepted you, in order to bring praise to God.
- What is the Lord saying to you about your alliance
with God-given leader?
- How do you want to respond to His voice?
Though the Reubenites, the Gadites and the
half-tribe of Manasseh have received their inheritance on the East side of the
Jordan through Moses the man of God, Joshua is commanding their fighting men to
leave their families at their places along with their flock, but to cross over
the Jordan ahead of their other tribes to help them to occupy their land;
- What could we observe the way those two and a half
tribes received their land on the east of Jordan? See also Deut 3:18 I
commanded you at that time: “The LORD
your God has given you this land to take possession of it. But all your
able-bodied men, armed for battle, must cross over ahead of your brother
- What could we observe the spirit of the community God
is asking them to practice? See also Phil 2:3-4 Do nothing out of
selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than
yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but
also to the interests of others.
- What could we learn about the task of God for His people
in the process of fulfilling the law of the Lord? See also Gal 6:2 Carry each other’s burdens, and in this
way you will fulfill the law of Christ.
- What is one thing He asks you to do for the sake of
the community around yourself?
- How do you want to carry it our that you might lift the
burden of your brothers?
It was a command of God almighty
of the Israelites to go over the Jordan to possess the land that has been
promised/reserved as their inheritance by God’s covenant. And God is assuring
them of His presence wherever they go. God is commanding them not to get
discouraged nor be afraid of their enemy;
- What could we observe the way God is granting them the
land as their inheritance? See also Gen 12:6-7 Abram traveled
through the land as far as the site of the great tree of Moreh at Shechem. At
that time the Canaanites were in the land. The LORD appeared to Abram and said, “To your offspring, I
will give this land.” So he built an altar there to the LORD, who had appeared to him.
- What could we observe the way God is reminding them of His covenant? See
also Num 23:19 God is not a man, that he should lie, nor a son of man, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does
he promise and not fulfill?
could we observe the command of God they need to obey first before they face
their enemy? See also Pr 4:23 Above
all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of
- What is God reminding you of His covenant/promise He
has granted for you?
- How do you want to guard your heart about the promise?
God is telling Joshua, the new leader He has appointed over people who replaces the legendary leader, Moses, to get overwhelmed by the grace of God rather than the task before him. For he will be prosperous and successful not by doing his best, but by carrying out what has been written in the book of the law as he meditates on the book of the law day and night;
• What could we observe the way God asks Joshua to lead His people? See also 2 Cor 5:7 We live by faith, not by sight.
• What could we observe the principle of leadership as described for Joshua? See also Pr 3:5-6 Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.
• What is God’s way to have His people experience prosperity & success in their task pass down by the Lord? See also Jer 33:2-3 “This is what the LORD says, he who made the earth, the LORD who formed it and established it–the LORD is his name: ‘Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.’
• What is the Lord saying to you about your walk with the Lord to overwhelm you and empower you for your role for His kingdom?
• How do you want to respond to His voice that you might be prosperous and successful?
Though Moses was an ordinary man who has lost youthful passion for the Lord, God picked hip up from shepherding the flock of his father-in-law to guide the Israelites as God Himself empowered him and blessed Him. God is enlisting Joshua with the promise to be with Him as He has been with Moses;
• What could we observe Moses’image of Himself when God called him for the Mission to lead the Israelites out of Egypt? Ex 3:11 But Moses said to God, “Who am I, that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?”
• And Moses said unto God, Who am I, that I should go unto Pharaoh, and that I should bring forth the children of Israel out of Egypt?
• What could we observe the way God impacted Moses through His presence with him? See also Deut 34:10-12 And there arose not a prophet since in Israel like unto Moses, whom the LORD knew face to face, In all the signs and the wonders, which the LORD sent him to do in the land of Egypt to Pharaoh, and to all his servants, and to all his land, And in all that mighty hand, and in all the great terror which Moses shewed in the sight of all Israel.
• What could we observe the way God empowers man of His choice through His presence with him? See also Act 4:13 Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marvelled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus.
• What is the Lord Jesus saying about His plan to be with you and empower you?
• How do you want to respond to His promise to be with you?