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March 6 - Evening

"{Rahab} 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.  We have heard how the Lord dried up the water of the Red Sea 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. When 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.”  - Joshua 2:8-11

Rahab's Confession of Faith and Her Actions of Faith


We find it as a surprise that Rahab and the Canaanites are terrified of the Israelites, since the Israelites have been in the wilderness for forty years terrified of the Canaanites. But, when you consider the mighty events and the report that has preceded the Israelites over the last forty years then Rahab’s fears are understandable, and actually expected.

Rahab indicates the people of Jericho had knowledge of the Exodus when she says “came out of Egypt” (which most likely included information about the ten plagues that destroyed Egypt) and the parting of the Red Sea (which would have included the knowledge that the Egyptian military had been destroyed during that encounter with Israel.) Rahab also mentions probably the most terrifying news to reach Jericho and the other Canaanite cities – Israel’s complete destruction the Amorites and their kings, Sihon and Og, during the last few months.

Rahab then indicates knowledge of the Lord and identifies him as “the Lord God…God in heaven above and on the earth below.” And, her actions show she has faith. Knowledge is information that a personal faith must be based in. But, knowledge of the truth and an understanding of the facts do not demonstrate faith. Some knowledge and a level of understanding are necessary for faith. (For without knowledge, facts, information, understanding there is nothing to believe and nothing to have faith in.) But, Rahab demonstrates her faith by what she does when she protects the spies of Israel and assists them in their mission. Rahab demonstrated her faith by what she did, not by what she knew. All of Jericho apparently knew the same information since Rahab says, “all who live in this country are melting in fear.” But, their knowledge did not produce faith. The Canaanites merely held information that terrified them. Rahab had information and acted positively towards it. James, the brother of Jesus, says the same thing in the New Testament:

“But someone will say, ‘You have faith; I have deeds.’Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds. You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder…You foolish person, do you want evidence that faith without deeds is useless?...was not even Rahab the prostitute considered righteous for what she did when she gave lodging to the spies and sent them off in a different direction?” James 2:14-26
Aphorizo (Gr) – Divide (Eng) – aphorizo is a Greek word that literally means “to mark off by boundaries” or “to mark off by limits.” It comes from two Greek words apo, meaning “from,” and horizo, meaning “to determine” and “to mark out.” Together apo and horizo in aphorizo mean “to separate” and to “divide.” Aphorizo is used 10x in the GNT including Matthew  
I will not merely talk about my faith or claim to have faith.
I will show my faith by what I do, not only by what I say.



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Ruins of houses in Korazin. The arches in the back of the photo are from a block of houses that were built around the courtyard. The row of nine squares in the middle of the photo are the windows of an interior wall of a building. The interior windows allowed air to circulate through the building. (details)
Details of 2 Kings 15:27-29 when Assyrian King Tiglath-Pileser captured and deported northern Israel.




Someone to Quote

"That man who deposits experiences carefully in his memory will draw rich returns from his life. A flashback from such a past will be rewarding, not remorseful.”

Something to Ponder

God’s Covenant with Abraham is foundational for proper biblical interpretation. This Abrahamic Covenant is introduced in Genesis 12:1-4; detailed in Genesis 15:18-21.
The Abrahamic Covenant can be outlined like this:
A. Personal Promises to Abraham (Gen.12:2)
1. “I will make you a great nation” – the nation of Israel
2. “I will bless you” – God gave Abraham great possessions
3. “I will make your name great” – Abraham was honored and feared in his day; Today the three major world religions claim Abraham as the father of their faith.
B. Universal Promises to All People (Gen.12:3)
1. The Lord would “Bless those who bless” Abraham – no nation or individual can survive while opposing Israel
2. “All peoples on earth will be blessed through” Abraham – the Lord would give truth, hope and a savior through Israel.
3. “I have made you a father of many nations” (Gen.17:5) – Abraham was not only the father of Israel, but also, Edom, Midianites, the nations of Ishmael (Gen.25:12-18) and all of his six sons through Keturah (Gen. 25:1-6)
C. National Promises (Gen.15:18-21)
1. Abraham’s son Isaac would become a great nation, chosen by God
2. A specific land area was given to Abraham’s and Isaac’s nation as an everlasting possession (Gen 12:7; 13:15-17; 15:7-8; 17:8; 24:7; 26:3; 8:13-14; 35:12; 48:4; 50:24.)

Here’s a Fact

Many ancient scrolls called the Dead Sea Scrolls have been found. But, even today new finds and new caves are being reported. The likelihood of more scrolls being found is very possible. (Details here and here.)

Proverb

"With persuasive words she led him astray; she seduced him with her smooth talk."
- Proverbs 7:21

Coach’s Corner

Perspective and experience determines what you do with knowledge and how you manage situations.

Genesis 12:1-4
New International Version (NIV)
The Call of Abram
12 The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you.

“I will make you into a great nation,     and I will bless you; I will make your name great,     and you will be a blessing.

I will bless those who bless you,     and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth     will be blessed through you.”
So Abram went, as the Lord had told him; and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he set out from Harran.
Genesis 15:18-21
New International Version (NIV)
18 On that day the Lord made a covenant with Abram and said, “To your descendants I give this land, from the Wadi of Egypt to the great river, the Euphrates— 19 the land of the Kenites, Kenizzites, Kadmonites, 20 Hittites, Perizzites, Rephaites, 21 Amorites, Canaanites, Girgashites and Jebusites.”
Genesis 17:5
New International Version (NIV)
No longer will you be called Abram; your name will be Abraham, for I have made you a father of many nations.
Genesis 25:12-18
New International Version (NIV)
Ishmael’s Sons
12 This is the account of the family line of Abraham’s son Ishmael, whom Sarah’s slave, Hagar the Egyptian, bore to Abraham.
13 These are the names of the sons of Ishmael, listed in the order of their birth: Nebaioth the firstborn of Ishmael, Kedar, Adbeel, Mibsam, 14 Mishma, Dumah, Massa, 15 Hadad, Tema, Jetur, Naphish and Kedemah. 16 These were the sons of Ishmael, and these are the names of the twelve tribal rulers according to their settlements and camps. 17 Ishmael lived a hundred and thirty-seven years. He breathed his last and died, and he was gathered to his people. 18 His descendants settled in the area from Havilah to Shur, near the eastern border of Egypt, as you go toward Ashur. And they lived in hostility toward all the tribes related to them.
Genesis 25:1-6
New International Version (NIV)
The Death of Abraham
25 Abraham had taken another wife, whose name was Keturah. She bore him Zimran, Jokshan, Medan, Midian, Ishbak and Shuah. Jokshan was the father of Sheba and Dedan; the descendants of Dedan were the Ashurites, the Letushites and the Leummites. The sons of Midian were Ephah, Epher, Hanok, Abida and Eldaah. All these were descendants of Keturah.
Abraham left everything he owned to Isaac. But while he was still living, he gave gifts to the sons of his concubines and sent them away from his son Isaac to the land of the east.
James 2:14-26
New International Version (NIV)
Faith and Deeds
14 What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? 15 Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. 16 If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? 17 In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.
18 But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.”
Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds.
19 You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder.
20 You foolish person, do you want evidence that faith without deeds is useless? 21 Was not our father Abraham considered righteous for what he did when he offered his son Isaac on the altar? 22 You see that his faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did. 23 And the scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness,” and he was called God’s friend. 24 You see that a person is considered righteous by what they do and not by faith alone.
25 In the same way, was not even Rahab the prostitute considered righteous for what she did when she gave lodging to the spies and sent them off in a different direction? 26 As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.
Joshua 2
New International Version (NIV)
Rahab and the Spies
Then 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.
The king of Jericho was told, “Look, some of the Israelites have come here tonight to spy out the land.” So 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.”
But 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. At 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.” (But she had taken them up to the roof and hidden them under the stalks of flax she had laid out on the roof.) So 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.
Before the spies lay down for the night, she went up on the roof and 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. 10 We have heard how the Lord dried up the water of the Red Sea 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. 11 When 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 13 that 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.”
15 So she let them down by a rope through the window, for the house she lived in was part of the city wall. 16 She 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.”
17 Now the men had said to her, “This oath you made us swear will not be binding on us 18 unless, 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. 19 If 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. 20 But 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.
22 When 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. 23 Then 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. 24 They said to Joshua, “The Lord has surely given the whole land into our hands; all the people are melting in fear because of us.”
Numbers 27
New International Version (NIV)
Zelophehad’s Daughters
27 The daughters of Zelophehad son of Hepher, the son of Gilead, the son of Makir, the son of Manasseh, belonged to the clans of Manasseh son of Joseph. The names of the daughters were Mahlah, Noah, Hoglah, Milkah and Tirzah. They came forward and stood before Moses, Eleazar the priest, the leaders and the whole assembly at the entrance to the tent of meeting and said, “Our father died in the wilderness. He was not among Korah’s followers, who banded together against the Lord, but he died for his own sin and left no sons. Why should our father’s name disappear from his clan because he had no son? Give us property among our father’s relatives.”
So Moses brought their case before the Lord, and the Lord said to him, “What Zelophehad’s daughters are saying is right. You must certainly give them property as an inheritance among their father’s relatives and give their father’s inheritance to them.
“Say to the Israelites, ‘If a man dies and leaves no son, give his inheritance to his daughter. If he has no daughter, give his inheritance to his brothers. 10 If he has no brothers, give his inheritance to his father’s brothers. 11 If his father had no brothers, give his inheritance to the nearest relative in his clan, that he may possess it. This is to have the force of law for the Israelites, as the Lord commanded Moses.’”
Joshua to Succeed Moses
12 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Go up this mountain in the Abarim Range and see the land I have given the Israelites. 13 After you have seen it, you too will be gathered to your people, as your brother Aaron was, 14 for when the community rebelled at the waters in the Desert of Zin, both of you disobeyed my command to honor me as holy before their eyes.” (These were the waters of Meribah Kadesh, in the Desert of Zin.)
15 Moses said to the Lord, 16 “May the Lord, the God who gives breath to all living things, appoint someone over this community 17 to go out and come in before them, one who will lead them out and bring them in, so the Lord’s people will not be like sheep without a shepherd.”
18 So the Lord said to Moses, “Take Joshua son of Nun, a man in whom is the spirit of leadership, and lay your hand on him. 19 Have him stand before Eleazar the priest and the entire assembly and commission him in their presence. 20 Give him some of your authority so the whole Israelite community will obey him. 21 He is to stand before Eleazar the priest, who will obtain decisions for him by inquiring of the Urim before the Lord. At his command he and the entire community of the Israelites will go out, and at his command they will come in.”
22 Moses did as the Lord commanded him. He took Joshua and had him stand before Eleazar the priest and the whole assembly. 23 Then he laid his hands on him and commissioned him, as the Lord instructed through Moses.


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