If these followers of God were steadfast without receiving the promise, those who have received the promise have even more reason to be continue on through trials and difficulty. in an easy to understand manner. There’s none like good old Joshua . By faith Jacob when he was a dying, blessed both the sons This story teaches us that no one is beyond the reach of God’s grace. The ark was not just another piece of religious furniture, like a table or a lampstand. He cannot lie. Moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith. It was Satan's device for keeping the children of Israel from entering into their possession. God says as to all of us. Perhaps you are not experiencing the "abundant life" Jesus promised in John 10:10. What are the insurmountable walls in our life? Hebrews 11:7-8. But he did it in direct obedience to God. Faith (4102)(pistis) is synonymous with trust or belief and is the conviction of the truth of anything, but in Scripture speaks of belief respecting man's relationship to God and divine things, generally with the included idea of trust and holy fervor born of faith and joined with it. 8 And it was so, that when Joshua had spoken to the people, the seven priests carrying the seven trumpets of rams' horns before the LORD went forward and blew the trumpets; and the ark of the covenant of the LORD followed them. a. narrow stream of death. d. From the dead, from which he also received him: As far as Abraham was concerned, Isaac was as good as dead and it was from the dead that he received him back, in a manner that prefigured the resurrection of Jesus. KJV:By faith the harlot Rahab perished not with them that believed not, when she had received the spies with peace. She can enter heaven. A strong man comes beneath, and cries, “Drop into my arms.” It is a part of faith to know that the man is there; it is another part of faith to believe that the man is strong; but the essence of faith lies in the dropping down into the man’s arms. But Rahab was a condemned heathen harlot! . Let me put this very clearly. They promise God that they won’t do it again, only to repeatedly fail. Because these cookies are strictly necessary to deliver the website, refuseing them will have impact how our site functions. He also wrote Body of Divinity, 3 volumes, and several other volumes. He attacks hyper-Calvinism (68); denounces the error of “soul sleep” (73); suggests that angels may refer to Genesis 6 (82-83); teaches the Premillennial coming of Christ (98). They were a debauched, idolatrous, and wicked people. him to present an acceptable sacrifice, and it was faith that presented Another excuse is, “What will my family think?” Rahab’s first concern was saving her family, not opposing them. Mattoon on THE SCARLET THREAD (Joshua 2:18) - Judgment would pass over them because of the rope of red. Abel . Obed the father of Jesse, b. Reflect on God’s faithfulness in the past and present. And in one miraculous moment, “the walls came a tumblin’ down.". There’s so much trouble happening in the world right now. At the north end of the tell of Jericho, archaeologists made some astounding discoveries that seem to relate to Rahab. Presumably they not only learned about the true God of Israel, but also came to believe in Him personally. Bibliography InformationSpurgeon, Charle Haddon. On the west side of the tell, at the base of the retaining, or revetment, wall, she found, “fallen red bricks piling nearly to the top of the revetment. they have power with God. Hebrews 11:5. Many of the things that we do as Christians seem foolish to the world because it understands nothing about a supernatural working God....If Israel had not explicitly obeyed God’s commands, there never would have been a miracle. b. If you want to judge the wickedness of men, you need not set yourself to do it in the first place. They had no way to tear down the walls and enter the city. We all know that part of the story. God promised to deliver the city, and in due course he made good on his promise. Some may consider such people naive or gullible, but they do so because they don’t know the three tenses of trust. (Spurgeon, C. H. Lectures to my Students, Vol. When Philip Edgecumbe Hughes wrote his commentary on Hebrews, he noted the barriers facing Rahab. (MacArthur, John: Hebrews. Faith enables us to march around those walls, so that they melt like snow before the noonday sun. Faith is the key to a life of progressive victory in Christ. This seemed to be a humanly impossible situation. He was evidently looking for one somewhere else. The value is greater on some books because the authors have done an excellent work: Kellogg on Leviticus; Blaikie on Joshua and I, II Samuel; Plummer on the pastorals, James and Jude. After the seventh trip around the city on the seventh day, Scripture tells us that the wall “fell down flat” (Joshua 6:20). You are probably not a harlot. c. Samson: He was used mightily of the Lord to defeat the Philistines. Grace is for sinners, and only sinners need to be saved, so Rahab stands as a beacon of hope to the broken, hurting, bruised, fallen men and women everywhere who look in the mirror and feel, “There is no hope for me.” If you feel that way, then consider that Rahab was a harlot and at this very moment she is in heaven. a. 7 So the men pursued them on the road to the Jordan to the fords; and as soon as those who were pursuing them had gone out, they shut the gate. The color was no coincidence. Faith is the father of holiness, and he has not the parent who loves not the child.