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Cloud of Witnesses VI

March 22, 2007

Hebrews 11:30-31  “By faith the walls of Jericho fell down, after they were compased about seven days.  By faith Rahab perished not with them that believed not, when she had received the spies with peace.” 

It’s a story that we remember hearing of as kids in Sunday school.  How the Lord brought down the walls of Jericho as the children of Israel were obediant to do as he told them.  The story begins with Joshua sending two men to spy out the city.  They entered the city and lodged at the house of Rahab.  The king, upon learning this sent word unto Rahab to bring the men forth, however she hid them and persuaded the kings agents that the men had left the city.  As they were outside of the city chasing illusions, Rahab went onto the roof and spoke with the men of Israel. 

Joshua 2:9-11  “And she said unto the men, I know that the LORD hath given you the land, and that your terror is fallen upon us, and that al the inhabitants of the land faint because of you.  For we have heard how the LORD dried up the water of the Red sea for you, when ye came out of Egypt; and what he did unto the two kings of the Amorites, that were on the other side Jordan, Sihon and Og, whom ye utterly destroyed.  And as soon as we heard these things, our hearts did melt, neither did there remain any more courage in any man, because of you: for the LORD your God, he is God in heaven above, and in earth beneath.”

Because of the mighty works that she had heard about, Rahab had more trust in the invisible God of the children of Israel than the fortress city where she lived.  She placed her hope in the God who inhabits heaven and earth.  Everyone else in the city was afraid, but never did anything about it.  They just kept being afraid.  This lady, who was most likely not held in great esteem by her contemporaries, was far wiser than all of them.  She asked only that she be spared along with her family.  Upon securing this, she let the men down by a cord through the window as her house sat literally atop the wall protecting the city. The men instructed her on what to do when “it all comes down.” 

Joshua 2:18-19  Behold, when we come into the land, thou shalt bind this line of scarlet thread in the window which thou didst let us down by: and thou shalt bring thy father, and thy mother, and thy brethren, and all thy fathers household, home unto thee.  And it shall be, that whosoever shall go out of the doore of thy house into the street, his blood shall be upon his own head, and we will be guiltless: and whosoever shall be with thee in the house, his blood shall be upon our head, if any hand be upon him.”

Rahab must have suddenly became quite the evangelist; persuading anyone who would listen, to come into her house where they would be spared.  When the walls came down, many lives were spared because of a lady who, upon knowing that judgment was coming, threw herself upon the mercy of God, despite having a contrary lifestyle.  One could well say, she elected to fall on the rock and be broken, before the rock fell on her as this would grind one to powder.  Her faith in God caused her to act accordingly and the result was a continuation of life after Jericho was “wiped off the map.” 

In the next passage, Joshua has an unexpected visitation.

Joshua 5:13  “And it came to pass, when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold,there stood a man over against him with a sword drawn in his hand: and Joshua went unto him, and said unto him, Art thou for us, or for our adversaries?  And he said, Nay; but as captain of the host of the LORD am I now come.  And Joshua fell on his face to the earth, and did worship, and said unto him, What saith my lord unto his servant?  And the captain of the LORDs host said unto Joshua, Loose thy shoe from off thy foot; for the place wherein thou standest is holy.  And Joshua did so.”

Like a thief in the night.  An unexpected visitation in which Joshua is instructed on what to do before Jericho.  I’m always fascinated by accounts where God just “shows up” without warning, be it through an angel or by a prophet such as when Elijah just seems to “show up” in scripture.  There’s a post on my old blog site entitled “The Wind Bloweth” which I want to eventually modify and place over here. 

As is often the case in scripture, the instructions concerning Jericho are completly contrary to conventional wisdom.  The men of war are to compass the city once a day for six days.  Then on the seventh day they were to compass it about seven  times,  the priests shall blow the trumpets, they shall shout and a long blast from the rams horn shall be heard.  Then the wll of the city would fall down flat. 

So many interesting things here.  This demanded complete obediance and faith.  The wall of Jericho looked every bit as strong on the seventh day as it did on the first.  But they believed the promise of God who promised to bring the wall down.  As we know this is what took place.  I was thinking on another thing here.  Rahabs house was on that wall.  This means that it came down also and probably broke apart as well.  Nonetheless, all who were in the house were spared.  God is able to save those who put their trust in him, despite what may be going on in the natural realm.   Once again, Psalm 91 comes to mind.

I need to stop here as I had less than two hours of sleep and I’m nodding, even as I type.  So, lest I nod off and write something that makes absolutely no sense, or worse yet, is embarrassingly contrary, I need to stop for now.  Later on I’ll try to comment in some places; a practice that I’m way behind on.  There are so many great bloggers out here and I try to get to all as often as I can.  I shouldn’t do it right now, however, because of sheer exhaustion.  A comment that comes out wrong can make a person “famous in a hurry.” lol.  So I’ll close for now.  I wish all a great day in Christ Jesus.

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5 comments

  1. timbob, I am concerned about your lack of rest and the pattern that it seem to clearly represent in your life. Posting isn’t always so important that one must loose so much sleep and rest over it. You do not have to post everyday. There is no pressure here to do so. I am very concerned about this for you and its impact on other areas of your life as well.

    Isaiah 28:12 (NKJV) To whom He said, “This is the rest with which You may cause the weary to rest,” And, “This is the refreshing”; Yet they would not hear.

    Psalms 127:2 (NKJV) It is vain for you to rise up early, To sit up late, To eat the bread of sorrows; For so He gives His beloved sleep.

    Thought maybe a little Bible thumping was in order here 🙂

    Blessings in the Lord Jesus Christ!


  2. Thanks Phil. This is something that I have been pondering. I love to come out here and talk about that which is on my heart, but sometimes it pushes the limits to do so. It seems that every other day is an average and really it’s not important as to the frequency. Thanks for making note of this. Please feel free to “thump” whenever a thumping is in order. In this case I know that it’s an issue that must be addressed. It’s good to know when folks are concerned enough to inform us of a need. Thanks much.
    Have a blessed day in Christ.

    timbob


  3. Thank you timbob, for your heart, passion, openness and hunger for the Lord Jesus Christ and His Word. You are indeed a blessing.

    Get some rest 🙂

    Blessings in the Lord Jesus Christ!


  4. The ways of the Lord are often “completely contrary to conventional wisdom” for certain! Sounds like our life, but oh, the ways of the LORD, they are life and health to our spirit and soul!

    I will agree with Phil, who gave me the same wise advice, ( which I’ve taken and been blessed by getting more rest! ) Get some Rest!
    Your posts are wonderful and a blessing, but NOT at the expense of your health! The Kingdom needs you rested, well, and ready to give an answer for the hope that lies within you!

    Every blessing to you timbob, I am praying for you and your family!

    Susan


  5. I agree with Phil and Susan totally. Get your rest! I command you to stay out of my blog until you’ve had some sleep. 😀

    Or if you have insomnia, read some of my posts and that will cure it quickly. But don’t comment. Just fall asleep in front of the monitor. 😀

    As to Rahab; was she not part of the genealogical line that led to Jesus?



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