Less us and more of the Lord.
Joshua, in Chapter 2, may be readying an army to take over the Promised Land but God actually had an inside job planned. Rahab was an innkeeper – a prostitute – and a hearer of the scuttlebutt of the day. Rahab, a harlot, became a helper “in kind” to 2 spies. The news reached her of a great God – the Israelite’s God – our God – who had been keeping the Israelites safe while they wandered across the desert. They were not a perfect lot of people – and yet God rescued them, fed them, kept them safe. Rahab heard about this God and then believed in this Almighty powerful God. By her faith she helped spies sent from Joshua, sent out to see the Promised Land and report back to him about the city of Jericho. She shared valuable information that the people had heard of the Israelites Amazing God and when soldiers came to investigate the break in, she hid the spies. She helped also in order to save her family and her family line. The returned spies said to Joshua, “The Lord has surely given the whole land into our hands; all the people are melting in fear because of us.”
But that didn’t mean they simply WALTZED into Jericho at that moment with no effort. God had to go first, to make a Way. God made the plan: the MESSAGE went first. Some (including Rahab) knew God was helping the Israelites, Rahab got to act upon that information. Then at the appointed time, God went knocking all the walls down – winning the battle. Then the Israelite people walked in triumphantly. I just described Jericho, but easily I could have been describing Jesus and Heaven’s Home for us. It was and IS an Inside Job. Knowledge from Inside. Faith from Inside. Winning the war from the LORD INSIDE OF US.
Rahab was key in helping – she heard the messages of God’s Almightiness. She in faith helped the Israelites, thru the spies, and they helped each other “IN KIND”. Yes, God helps us have this faith and act upon it – and His Plan is to have us show “in kind” help to the others and help the people get to where God wants them to go. Rahab saved her family by being faithful and courageous – and she also recognized that faith is an “inside job” and acted “in kind”. Our faith must be founded upon His Plan.
Rahab said (ch2:11-16): “for the Lord your God is God in heaven above and on the earth below. 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 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.” — “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.” — So she let them down by a rope through the window, for the house she lived in was part of the city wall. 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.” And not only did Joshua remember and save the family of Rahab, because of the oath the soldiers made “in kind”, Rahab’s family line survived. (FYI Jesus is directly descended from Rahab, the mother of Boaz.)
If you ask me, I will say that our Salvation thru Jesus was and is an “IN KIND” – INSIDE JOB. Of course it is… Isn’t that why God has been fighting His War? To WIN! Yes, let God go first to win your battle too.
(chapter 6: 22-25) Joshua said to the two men who had spied out the land, “Go into the prostitute’s house and bring her out and all who belong to her, in accordance with your oath to her.” So the young men who had done the spying went in and brought out Rahab, her father and mother, her brothers and sisters and all who belonged to her. They brought out her entire family and put them in a place outside the camp of Israel. Then they burned the whole city and everything in it, but they put the silver and gold and the articles of bronze and iron into the treasury of the Lord’s house. But Joshua spared Rahab the prostitute, with her family and all who belonged to her, because she hid the men Joshua had sent as spies to Jericho—and she lives among the Israelites to this day.