Friday, November 15, 2019

Joshua 2 - Rahab Tied The Scarlet Cord In The Window To Be Saved

Joshua 2:1-24 NIV

Rahab and the Spies

1Then Joshua son of Nun secretly sent two spies from Shittim. “Go, look over the land,” he said, “especially Jericho.” So they went and entered the house of a prostitute named Rahab and stayed there.

2The king of Jericho was told, “Look, some of the Israelites have come here tonight to spy out the land.” 3So the king of Jericho sent this message to Rahab: “Bring out the men who came to you and entered your house, because they have come to spy out the whole land.”

4But the woman had taken the two men and hidden them. She said, “Yes, the men came to me, but I did not know where they had come from. 5At dusk, when it was time to close the city gate, they left. I don’t know which way they went. Go after them quickly. You may catch up with them.” 6(But she had taken them up to the roof and hidden them under the stalks of flax she had laid out on the roof.) 7So the men set out in pursuit of the spies on the road that leads to the fords of the Jordan, and as soon as the pursuers had gone out, the gate was shut.

8Before the spies lay down for the night, she went up on the roof 9and said to them, “I know that The LORD Has Given you this land and that a great fear of you has fallen on us, so that all who live in this country are melting in fear because of you. 10We have heard How The LORD Dried Up the water of the Red Seaa for you when you came out of Egypt, and what you did to Sihon and Og, the two kings of the Amorites east of the Jordan, whom you completely destroyed.b 11When we heard of it, our hearts melted in fear and everyone’s courage failed because of you, for 

The LORD your GOD Is GOD in Heaven above and on the earth below.

12“Now then, please swear to me By The LORD that you will show kindness to my family, because I have shown kindness to you. Give me a sure sign 13that you will spare the lives of my father and mother, my brothers and sisters, and all who belong to them—and that you will save us from death.”

14“Our lives for your lives!” the men assured her. “If you don’t tell what we are doing, we will treat you kindly and faithfully When The LORD Gives us the land.”

15So she let them down by a rope through the window, for the house she lived in was part of the city wall. 

16She said to them, “Go to the hills so the pursuers will not find you. Hide yourselves there three days until they return, and then go on your way.”

17Now the men had said to her, “This oath you made us swear will not be binding on us 18unless, when we enter the land, you have tied this scarlet cord in the window through which you let us down, and unless you have brought your father and mother, your brothers and all your family into your house. 19If any of them go outside your house into the street, their blood will be on their own heads; we will not be responsible. As for those who are in the house with you, their blood will be on our head if a hand is laid on them. 20But if you tell what we are doing, we will be released from the oath you made us swear.”

21“Agreed,” she replied. “Let it be as you say.” So she sent them away, and they departed. 

And she tied the scarlet cord in the window.

22When they left, they went into the hills and stayed there three days, until the pursuers had searched all along the road and returned without finding them. 23Then the two men started back. They went down out of the hills, forded the river and came to Joshua son of Nun and told him everything that had happened to them. 24They said to Joshua, “The LORD Has Surely Given the whole land into our hands; all the people are melting in fear because of us.”

Joshua sends out two spies to examine the state of the inhabitants of the land, particularly those of Jericho, who are entertained at the house of Rahab, Joshua 2:1. The king of Jericho is informed of their being in the town, and sends to Rahab, commanding her to deliver them up, Joshua 2:2Joshua 2:3. She hides the spies, and tells the messengers that the men were departed and gone towards the mountain, Joshua 2:4Joshua 2:5. When the officers of the king of Jericho were departed, she took the spies to the house-top, and covered them with flax, Joshua 2:6Joshua 2:7. She relates to them that the fear of the Israelites had fallen on all the inhabitants of the country on hearing of their victories over the Amorites; that she knew none could resist The GOD of Israel, and therefore desired them to give her an oath that, when they took Jericho, they would preserve the lives of her and her family, Joshua 2:8-13. The spies swear to her, Joshua 2:14. She lets them down by a cord from the house-top, and gives them directions how to proceed, in order to avoid the pursuers, Joshua 2:15Joshua 2:16. She is to tie a scarlet line to the window, through which she had let them down, which should be the sign to the Israelites to spare that house and its inhabitants, Joshua 2:17-19. Having bound her to secrecy, they depart, Joshua 2:20Joshua 2:21. After three days' stay in the mountain, they return to Joshua, and make a favorable report, Joshua 2:22-24.

Rahab, a harlot/prostitute

An harlot's house - "The house of a woman, an innkeeper," cannot be maintained. Rahab must remain an example under the Law similar to that Luke 7:37 under the Gospel, of "a woman that was a sinner," yet, because of her faith, not only pardoned, but exalted to the highest honor.

Rahab was admitted among the people of GOD; she intermarried into a chief family of a chief tribe, and found a place among the best remembered ancestors of King David and of CHRIST; thus receiving the temporal blessings of the covenant in largest measure. The spies would of course find such a house in Jericho as they could visit without exciting suspicion; and the situation of Rahab's upon the wall Joshua 2:15, rendered it especially suitable for them to flee in case of emergency.

It appears from Joshua 2:4 that Rahab hid them before the King's messengers reached her house, and probably as soon as the spies had come to her house to entrust themselves to her care. Rahab (i. e. "spacious," "wide.") is regarded as a type of the Christian Church, which was gathered out of converts from the whole circle of pagan nations.

Scarlet Cord

This line of scarlet cord תקות חוט השני tikvath chut hashshani. Probably this may mean, this piece of scarlet cloth, or, this cloth (made) of scarlet thread. When the Israelites took the city this piece of red cloth seems to have been hung out of the window by way of flag; and this was the sign on which she and the spies had agreed.

Now let’s consider why Christians are impressed with the scarlet cord in the window. It forces itself upon us in the light of Scriptural teaching about the Blood of CHRIST. Red blood from slain lambs splashed over the doorposts of Israelite homes in Egypt protected them from the “slayer of the firstborn” (Exodus 12:13).

The scarlet cord symbolized in type Rahab’s acceptance of the “LAMB'S Blood” in her life. What the blood on the doorposts on the first Passover night in Egypt was to the houses of Israel, so the scarlet cord in the window was to the house of Rahab. It became Rahab’s identification as one to be saved in a day of calamity. It was the acting out of her faith. Her sinful years overlooked (Acts 17:30-31) and she became the ancestress of David and of JESUS CHRIST (Matthew 1:1, 5-6).

What the blood of the first Passover did for the Israelites, the scarlet cord did for Rahab. What CHRIST’s Poured-Out Blood on the stake did for mankind’s sins, the red wine each Passover similarly symbolizes for believers. Christians celebrate deliverance from the bondage of sin. Despite human weakness, GOD Views cleansed believers as unleavened (1 Corinthians 5:7).

With that confidence we march on, as did the Israelites, towards the Promised Land.

Joshua 1 - Be Strong And Courageous For JEHOVAH Will Be With You Wherever You Go


Joshua 1:1-18 NIV

Joshua Installed as Leader

1After the death of Moses the servant of The LORD, 

The LORD Said To Joshua son of Nun, Moses’ aide:

2“Moses MY servant is dead. Now then, you and all these people, get ready to cross the Jordan River into the land I AM About To Give to them—to the Israelites.  

3I Will Give you every place where you set your foot, As I Promised Moses. 4Your territory will extend from the desert to Lebanon, and from the great river, the Euphrates—all the Hittite country—to the Mediterranean Sea in the west. 5No one will be able to stand against you all the days of your life. As I Was With Moses, So I Will Be With you; I Will Never Leave you Nor Forsake you. 6Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I Swore To their ancestors To Give them.

7“Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the Law MY servant Moses gave you; Do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. 8Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. 

 9Have I Not Commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; Do not be discouraged, For The LORD your GOD Will Be With you wherever you go.”

10So Joshua ordered the officers of the people: 11“Go through the camp and tell the people, ‘Get your provisions ready. Three days from now you will cross the Jordan here to go in and take possession of the land The LORD your GOD Is Giving you for your own.’ ”

12But to the Reubenites, the Gadites and the half-tribe of Manasseh, Joshua said, 13“Remember the command that Moses the servant of The LORD Gave you after he said, ‘The LORD your GOD Will Give you rest by giving you this land.’ 14Your wives, your children and your livestock may stay in the land that Moses gave you east of the Jordan, but all your fighting men, ready for battle, must cross over ahead of your fellow Israelites. You are to help them 15Until The LORD Gives them rest, As HE Has Done For you, and until they too have taken possession of the land The LORD your GOD Is Giving them. After that, you may go back and occupy your own land, which Moses the servant of The LORD gave you east of the Jordan toward the sunrise.”

16Then they answered Joshua, “Whatever you have commanded us we will do, and wherever you send us we will go. 17Just as we fully obeyed Moses, so we will obey you. Only May The LORD your GOD Be With you As HE Was With Moses. 18Whoever rebels against your word and does not obey it, whatever you may command them, will be put to death. Only be strong and courageous!”

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Deuteronomy 34 - JEHOVAH Buried Moses In Moab

Deuteronomy 34:1-9 NIV

The Death of Moses

1Then Moses climbed Mount Nebo from the plains of Moab to the top of Pisgah, across from Jericho. There The LORD Showed him the whole land—from Gilead to Dan, 2all of Naphtali, the territory of Ephraim and Manasseh, all the land of Judah as far as the Mediterranean Sea, 3the Negev and the whole region from the Valley of Jericho, the City of Palms, as far as Zoar. 

4 Then The LORD Said To him,   

“This is the land I Promised On Oath To Abraham, 

Isaac and Jacob When I Said, ‘I Will Give it to your 

descendants.’ I Have Let you see it with your eyes, but 

you will not cross over into it.”

5And Moses the servant of The LORD died there in Moab, As The LORD Had Said.

 6 HE Buried him in Moab, in the valley opposite Beth Peor, but to this day no one knows where his grave is. 

 (Moses and Elijah appear to Jesus on the Mount of Transfiguration)

7Moses was a hundred and twenty years old when he died, yet his eyes were not weak nor his strength gone. 8The Israelites grieved for Moses in the plains of Moab thirty days, until the time of weeping and mourning was over.

9Now Joshua son of Nun was filled with The SPIRIT of Wisdom 

because Moses had laid his hands on him. So the Israelites listened to him and did what The LORD Had Commanded Moses.


Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Deuteronomy 33 - Moses Blesses The Tribes of Israel Before Death

Deuteronomy 33:1-29 NIV

Moses Blesses the Tribes

1This is the blessing that Moses the man of GOD pronounced on the Israelites before his death. 

2He said:

"The LORD Came From Sinai  
and dawned over them from Seir;
HE Shone Forth From Mount Paran.
HE Came with myriads of holy ones
from the south, from HIS Mountain slopes.
3Surely It Is YOU WHO Love the people;
all the holy ones are in YOUR Hand.
At YOUR Feet they all bow down,
and From YOU receive instruction,
4the Law that Moses gave us,
the possession of the assembly of Jacob.

5HE Was King over Jeshurun
when the leaders of the people assembled,
along with the tribes of Israel.
6“Let Reuben live and not die,
nor his people be few. " 

7And this he said about Judah:

“Hear, LORD, the cry of Judah;
bring HIM to HIS people.
With HIS Own Hands HE Defends HIS Cause.
Oh, Be HIS Help against HIS foes!”

8About Levi he said:

“Your Thummim and Urim belong
to your faithful servant.
You tested HIM at Massah;
you contended with HIM at the waters of Meribah.

9He said of his father and mother,

‘I have no regard for them.’
He did not recognize his brothers
or acknowledge his own children,
but he watched over YOUR WORD
and guarded YOUR Covenant.

10He teaches your precepts to Jacob
and YOUR Law to Israel.
He offers incense Before YOU
and whole burnt offerings On YOUR Altar.
11Bless all his skills, LORD,
and be pleased with the work of his hands.
Strike down those who rise against him,
his foes till they rise no more.”

12About Benjamin he said:

“Let the beloved of The LORD rest secure in HIM,
for HE Shields him all day long,
and the one The LORD Loves rests between HIS Shoulders.”

13About Joseph he said:

“May The LORD Bless his land
with the precious dew from heaven above
and with the deep waters that lie below;
14with the best the sun brings forth
and the finest the moon can yield;
15with the choicest gifts of the ancient mountains
and the fruitfulness of the everlasting hills;
16with the best gifts of the earth and its fullness
and the Favor of HIM WHO Dwelt in the burning bush.
Let all these rest on the head of Joseph,
on the brow of the prince among his brothers.
17In majesty he is like a firstborn bull;
his horns are the horns of a wild ox.
With them he will gore the nations,
even those at the ends of the earth.
Such are the ten thousands of Ephraim;
such are the thousands of Manasseh.”

18About Zebulun he said:

“Rejoice, Zebulun, in your going out,
and you, Issachar, in your tents.

19They will summon peoples to the mountain
and there offer the sacrifices of the righteous;
they will feast on the abundance of the seas,
on the treasures hidden in the sand.”

20About Gad he said:

“Blessed is he who enlarges Gad’s domain!
Gad lives there like a lion,
tearing at arm or head.
21He chose the best land for himself;
the leader’s portion was kept for him.
When the heads of the people assembled,
he carried out The LORD'S Righteous Will,
and HIS Judgments concerning Israel.”

22 About Dan he said:

“Dan is a lion’s cub,
springing out of Bashan.”

23About Naphtali he said:

“Naphtali is abounding with the Favor of The LORD
and is full of His Blessing;
he will inherit southward to the lake.”

24About Asher he said:

“Most blessed of sons is Asher;
let him be favored by his brothers,
and let him bathe his feet in oil.
25The bolts of your gates will be iron and bronze,
and your strength will equal your days.
26“There is no one like The GOD of Jeshurun,
WHO Rides Across the heavens to Help you
and on the clouds in His Majesty.
27The Eternal GOD Is your refuge,
and underneath are the Everlasting Arms.
HE Will Drive Out your enemies before you,
saying, ‘Destroy them!’
28So Israel will live in safety;

Jacob will dwellf secure

in a land of grain and new wine,
where the heavens drop dew.
29Blessed are you, Israel!
Who is like you,
a people Saved By The LORD?
HE Is your Shield and Helper
and your Glorious Sword.
Your enemies will cower before you,
and you will tread on their heights.”