Tuesday - September 6, 2016
Woodlawn Family Bible Study
BIBLE READING: Joshua 2
Two men narrowly slip through the city gates of the great walled city of Jericho. Their task is to spy out the land of Jericho to see what will need to be done before they overtake the city. I have always thought it strange that Joshua was the one who sent out the spies. Of all people, he knew that the city was already theirs due to God’s promise. After all, he had been down this road before some forty years ago. By the providence of God, the spies find themselves near the home of a woman named Rahab. The king of Jericho had been alerted to their presence in the city, so only by the divine providence of God the spies found themselves at the home of the one person in the city that would hide them. Rahab hid the men on her roof and threw the kings minions off of their trail for one reason: God. You see, word had spread of how the God of the Israelites had brought down the mighty Pharaoh in Egypt, parted the waters of the Red Sea, and utterly destroyed the enemies of the Israelites She knew that the only way all this would have been possible was through the one and only true God. In return for her efforts in helping the spies, Rahab makes one request: Save me and my family. That is exactly what happened as the rest of the story is played out in Joshua 2-6.
While there are so many lessons we can learn from this story, one truly stands out. When an unbeliever with an open mind takes the time to hear about all of the good that God has done for His people, it is virtually impossible to resist him. Someone once called it “irresistible grace.” Not in the sense that we have no control in accepting it, but that it is impossible to not want to accept it.
Application: Think of someone you know that is not a member of the body of Christ. While you spend time with them, work into your conversation just a few of the amazing things that God has done for you. In time, if they are willing to listen and have an open mind, they just might find themselves in the same place as Rahab.