Joshua 2:1                             Rahab the Harlot                                          5/15/2011       

 

 

#1.       Two Spies (Josh 2:1)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#2.       Rahab the Harlot (Josh 2:8-14, Matt 7:7)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#3.       Two Cords (Josh 2:15-18)    

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please open your Bibles to the Prophecy of Joshua, Josh 1:16 (2X). Moses has died. The children of Israel are at the end of their wilderness journey. They are encamped at Abel-Shittim in the plains of Moab, which was their camping place number 41. They are almost ready to cross the Jordan River and to occupy the land of Canaan under the leadership of Joshua. They had only one more camping place to go, number 42. It is at this point that we notice a change in the attitudes of the children of Israel. It seems that at this point they were:

Joshua gave a speech to the tribes of Reuben, and Gad, and Manasseh. We read in Josh 1:16-17,

Josh 1:16-17 And they answered Joshua, saying, All that thou commandest us we will do, and whithersoever thou sendest us, we will go. According as we hearkened unto Moses in all things, so will we hearken unto thee: only the LORD thy God be with thee, as he was with Moses.

Wait a moment. Did God make a mistake here in verse 17? They said: "According as we hearkened unto Moses in all things, so will we hearken unto thee". We know they did not obey Moses in all things. They were often in rebellion against Moses. But here, in the Prophecy of Joshua, indeed, they did not rebel against Joshua. So, what is the meaning of this verse 17? It is as if God has given them a new heart, and now they understand the Gospel. Now they understand that they have to obey Joshua. Last time we saw that God is painting a new picture here: Joshua is the same name as Jesus, and Joshua is representing Jesus. Now they wholeheartedly desire to obey Joshua in all things. But can we indeed obey the Lord Jesus in all things? Absolutely not! The Bible says we are not able to do that. We can only desire to obey Jesus in all things. But even our best works are tainted with sin. That is why we need a merciful God. That is why we need a merciful Savior. What are the consequences if we do not obey the Lord Jesus in all things? We read in Josh 1:18, “Whosoever (he be) that doth rebel against thy commandment (Lit: against thy mouth), and will not hearken unto thy words in all that thou commandest him, he shall be put to death: only be strong and of a good courage.”

You see, the penalty for sin is death, and the death that God has in view is an eternal damnation in Hell. But why did they follow this up by saying: “Be strong and of a good courage?” Why did they have to throw that in? The answer is: Joshua is representing Jesus, and Jesus came to save His people from their sins. Jesus came to forgive His people their sins, and the only way He could forgive them their sins was to pay for their sins on the cross of Calvary. For this He needed to be strong and of a good courage. Can we see that in Josh 1 the Gospel is formulated which the two spies brought with them when they were sent into Canaan? Then in Josh 2, Joshua sent two spies into the land of Canaan. But Joshua did that when they were still in Abel-Shittim. Then the children of Israel moved to their 42nd camping place, which was at the coast of the Jordan River.

#1.       Two Spies (Josh 2:1)                         We read in Josh 2:1,

Josh 2:1 ¶ And Joshua the son of Nun sent out of Shittim two men to spy secretly, saying, Go view the land, even Jericho. And they went, and came into an harlot's house, named Rahab, and lodged there.

Joshua sent two men to spy out the land of Canaan. But historically, the only recorded place where these two men went was the house of Rahab the harlot. Did these two men really do their job right? Actually, we see here the outworking of God's perfect providence. These two men are representatives of the church. Just like Joshua sent out two men, so Jesus sent out His disciples two by two, and does not the church still do that today? When the church sends people out in evangelism, they are sent two by two. These two men were sent even to a city that was doomed for destruction. Joshua specifically said: "Go view the land, and even Jericho". They were specifically sent to Jericho. The focus in this sermon is not on Rahab the harlot, but on God's mercy and grace. God painted here the picture of Jesus sending out His church, the body of saints, into this world, which is doomed for destruction. Even though this world is very close to destruction, the Lord Jesus Christ is still sending out His witnesses, to bring the Gospel to those whom God intends to save before the end of the world. The two spies ended up in the house of Rahab the harlot, and nowhere else. Therefore, the only house where God intended to bring salvation was the house of Rahab the harlot. Rahab is a picture of every one of us before we became saved. We were not born saved. We were born as rebels against God. Therefore, God had to make us born again. The name Rahab means "Proud", or "The Proud One". Every one of us in our natural state is a proud person, not willing to seek for the God of the Bible, because the true Gospel humbles us. God had to break our pride. In addition, Rahab was a harlot, or had been a harlot. But did you know, the Bible says that before we were saved, we were bound to the law of God, like a woman is bound to her husband as long as he lives. This is how we came into the world, bound to the law. Every time that we sinned we were committing spiritual adultery, because we were unfaithful to our husband the law. We were spiritually harlots, like Rahab was physically a harlot. But God saved us in spite of the fact that we were proud, and in spite of the fact that we were unfaithful to Him. In fact, only those who will confess that they are spiritual harlots, who will confess that they are sinners under the wrath of God, can be saved. All others need no salvation; they remain in their sins. Joshua sent two men who came to the house of Rahab the harlot, and our KJV says that they "lodged there". Actually they never lodged there. The Hebrew word that God used here means that they "lay down there". Actually the two men never had the opportunity to lie down to sleep in Rahab's house. Rahab recognized the strangers as men of Israel. She probably had a long discussion with them, and Rahab made them lay down on the roof of the house under stalks of flax to hide them from the king's soldiers. This is how they lay down there: they were hiding from the soldiers of the king of Jericho.

Josh 2:2-3  And it was told the king of Jericho, saying, Behold, there came men in hither to night of the children of Israel to search out the country. And the king of Jericho sent unto Rahab, saying, Bring forth the men that are come to thee, which are entered into thine house: for they be come to search out all the country.

How did the king of Jericho know all this? The king of Jericho is a picture of Satan. How did Satan know all this about the two spies?   Satan has his henchmen everywhere in the world. They are his fellow demons, and they are unsaved people who are willingly his slaves. Satan is called the prince of the power of the air. Satan is not omnipresent. He cannot be present everywhere at the same time, but his henchmen are everywhere, and they report to him everything that is going on. Here is the picture: Satan was told that the two witnesses have arrived, and Satan wants them killed. Satan wants to destroy the church. These two witnesses have the true Gospel, and God uses the preaching of the Gospel to save people. Therefore, Satan wants the true Gospel to be silenced. And so, the king of Jericho was told that two of the children of Israel have arrived in his city. They have been seen going in at the house of Rahab the harlot. Then the king of Jericho sent his soldiers to get the two men out of the house of Rahab. He wanted those two men dead. Those soldiers were loyal soldiers of the king of Jericho. They were loyal citizens of the kingdom of Satan. Humanly speaking, there was no good reason to believe that any of the Canaanites would give assistance to these two men of Israel. But God, in His Divine providence, not only saved Rahab the harlot, but God also provided safety for the two men who have put their lives in His hand. Those two men were divinely directed to the house of Rahab. God's providence acts silently and secretly, by "working in us both to will and to do of His good pleasure". God uses the preaching of the Gospel to save people. God says: "It pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe". That is God's economy in saving people. What did Rahab hear? Rahab had heard about the children of Israel from rumors that have been told to her by travelers. But now she personally heard from the two witnesses how God had saved the children of Israel out of Egypt and brought judgment on everyone else in Egypt; God had saved them through the Red Sea and brought judgment on Pharaoh and his army in the Red Sea, and God has given the land of Canaan to the children of Israel and has pronounced judgment on all the tribes that were in the land of Canaan. She believed. But wherever we see faith, it is followed up by action. What did Rahab the harlot do?

Josh 2:4-7 And the woman took the two men, and hid them, and said thus, "There came men unto me, but I knew not whence they were: (I did not know where they were from.) And it came to pass (about the time) of shutting of the gate, when it was dark, that the men went out: whither the men went I know not: pursue after them quickly; for ye shall overtake them". But she had brought them up to the roof of the house, and hid them with the stalks of flax, which she had laid in order upon the roof. And the men pursued after them the way to Jordan unto the fords: and as soon as they which pursued after them were gone out, they shut the gate.

Rahab lied. Was that OK? No, that was not OK! Lying is always a sin. Rahab did two things: She hid the spies, which was a good work, and she lied, which was a sinful work. This tells us that our works are always tainted by sin; they are never perfect. Did Rahab do right in defying the king's authority and betraying her own country? No! God says in Rom 13:1, "Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God". What would have come to pass if Rahab had not lied? I do not know. Perhaps God would have intervened some other way. Rahab sinned in telling a lie, but from the faith that she displayed we know that she was saved, and her lie was also covered by the blood of Christ, together with all her other sins. God used that sin to work out His perfect plan. Rahab hid the spies with stalks of flax. How do you explain to a city slicker like I am what stalks of flax are? What is flax? I did not have a clue. So I searched and searched until I found a complete description with pictures of flax. Flax is a reed-like plant that grows up to 3 feet high bearing blue, or white, or pink flowers, and this plant serves two useful purposes. The stems of this plant, when it is properly dried and defibrillated, yields a fine flexible fiber that is first spun into yarn, and then the yarn is woven into linen. The linen sheets on your bed come from the flax plant. There are more useful things you can do with flax. The flaxseeds produce linseed oil, which also has many uses. But, when you look at verse 6, you see the word "stalks", which is a Hebrew word that occurs 328 times, but only one time has it been translated "stalks". Most of the time this word has been translated "tree", or "wood", or "sticks". In the present passage "sticks" is a proper translation. Rahab covered the two spies with dried sticks of flax, which were drying on the roof of her house. Rahab risked her life in doing that, because her house was in the side of the wall, and the roof of her house was the top of the wall, where watchmen of the city were always present. Why is it that the saints always have to live in a world that is hostile to them? Why is it that they are always in danger? It is because God is testing us, and is developing our faith in Him, so that we live a life that is more and more in complete dependence on Him. Let us now look at the faith of Rahab the harlot.

#2.       Rahab the Harlot (Josh 2:8-14, Matt 7:7)   We will continue to read verses 8 through 14,

Josh 2:8 “And before they were laid down, she came up unto them upon the roof;”

Before the men went to sleep, she came to the men upon the roof, and from the following context we understand that she took them into the house again, and spoke to them. Then we read in verses 9-11,

Josh 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 all 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 ye 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 had 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.

Rahab the harlot expressed her faith. But did you notice: the focus is not on Rahab, but on the LORD. All that the unsaved Canaanites could see, or hear, were the miracles God did for His people. But the LORD opened Rahab's spiritual eyes. She recognized who God really was, and how sinful she was. She recognized that God is sovereign and may give the land to whomever He will, and that for her own world judgment day was near!  She was now pleading with God like the tax collector did: "God be merciful to me a sinner". We read in V.12-13,

Jo 2:12 Now therefore, I pray you, swear unto me by the LORD, since I have shewed you kindness, that ye will also shew kindness unto my father's house, and give me a true token: And that ye will save alive my father, and my mother, and my brethren, and my sisters, and all that they have, and deliver our lives from death.

She was pleading for mercy. She did not try to buy her way to salvation. If I may paraphrase, she said: "You have seen that my faith is real; I have risked my life for your safety; I plead with you that you give me a true sign that my life will be spared also, and I am also pleading that you save the lives of my father, and my mother, and my brothers and my sisters and all their families". She did not ask for a little favor. She asked a lot. And God was not going to turn her down. The Lord Jesus said in Matt 7:7, "Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you". Then we read in verse 14,

Josh 2:14 And the men answered her, Our life for yours, if ye utter not this our business. And it shall be, when the LORD hath given us the land, that we will deal kindly and truly with thee.

Not many people today believed like Rahab believed. From where did she get such faith? The answer is:

Put a sticker here in Josh 2 and please turn for a few minutes to the Epistle to the Ephesians, Eph 2:4 (2X).  Why did Joshua send the two spies to Jericho? Because there was one of God's elect residing in that city and the Lord Jesus promised that none of His sheep shall perish. Rahab the harlot was a sinner, for sure. Rahab was by nature spiritually dead in trespasses and sins, as we read in Eph 2:1, and Rahab was in the clutches of the prince of the power of the air, as we read in Eph 2:2, and therefore Rahab was by nature a child of wrath, as we read in Eph 2:3. Only by nature, for God speaks to Rahab the way God spoke to Jeremiah in Jer 31:3, when God said, “Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.” And so, when the two spies came to Rahab she was made born again, because God intended her to become born again at this moment. It guaranteed Rahab that the Lord Jesus would atone for her sins on the cross about 1500 years later. But do not forget that we all were like Rahab the harlot at one time. Remember how the beginning of Eph 2:3 reads, "Among whom also we all had our conversation", and therefore "we all were by nature the children of wrath, even as others". As children of Adam we all came into the world with original sin, as rebels against God, as volunteers for Satan. But what is the reason that we now believe what God says in the Bible? What was the reason that Rahab believed in the God of Israel?   God gave us that reason in Eph 2:4-5,

Eph 2:4-5 But God, who is rich in mercy, for His great love wherewith He loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)

Who are the "us" God speaks about here? The answer: From among the human race who were all dead in sins, God has chosen certain ones whom He loved with a great love, from the foundation of the world. On these He poured out His great mercy. We were spiritually dead in sins, but because we were in Christ, God has made us alive together with Christ when He raised Him from the dead. That is why our salvation is entirely by grace, for we could not do anything when God made us alive together with Christ. It is a free gift. Now we read V. 6-8

Eph 2:6  And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that (faith) not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

For the second time God says: "By grace are ye saved". Grace is the unmerited favor of God unto salvation. It is not by our faith that we are saved, because this faith did not come from ourselves; our faith is a gift of God given to us as an evidence of salvation. To make sure we understand that we are saved entirely by the grace of God, God adds in verse 9, Eph 2:9 “Not of works, lest any man should boast.”

Our salvation did not come by anything that we have done, lest we would boast that we did something to deserve it. This puts in perspective Rahab's salvation, and the salvation of her household.

Please turn again to Joshua chapter 2. Was the whole family of Rahab the harlot saved because she believed the Gospel? No! That could not be. We cannot go to heaven on the coattails of one of our parents, or one of our relatives. God saves whom He wants to save, and He does that to each of His elect individually. How then should we understand the words in Josh 2:12-13? “Now therefore, I pray you, swear unto me by the LORD, since I have shewed you kindness, that ye will also shew kindness unto my father's house, and give me a true token: And that ye will save alive my father, and my mother, and my brethren, and my sisters, and all that they have, and deliver our lives from death.” However, there is no indication that her father, or mother, or any of her relatives was spiritually saved. God has not given us that information. The only thing promised to Rahab's family was that their lives would be spared. But this promise to Rahab's family came conditionally as we read in Josh 2:19, “And it shall be, that whosoever shall go out of the doors of thy house into the street, his blood shall be upon his head, and we will be guiltless: and whosoever shall be with thee in the house, his blood shall be on our head, if any hand be upon him.” What was the reason of this condition for the family of Rahab? They had to understand that they belonged to a race that was under the wrath of God and that they were destined for death. In this event God in His Divine good pleasure sanctified them, set them apart as a glorious foreshadowing of bringing in the Gentiles in the N.T. era. Those of Rahab's family who were to be preserved from the common destruction must be inside her house, and separated from the wicked world outside. If they forsook that shelter and mingled with the heathen inhabitants of the world, they would perish with them. The sign of their faith would be that they would remain separated from the wicked. This rule still applies today. Christians are called to be in the world, but not of it. If Christians do not maintain separation from this evil world, they cannot escape destruction with it. But we know this: The one person in Jericho whom God wanted to save was Rahab the harlot. That is why God sent the two spies directly to her. Rahab was a picture of God's mercy and grace to His elect people, who are chosen from every tribe and tongue and nation throughout this world. In fact, God had been drawing Rahab for a while. Every one in Jericho had heard the same stories about the children of Israel and about their God Jehovah. But only Rahab knew that Jehovah was the only one who could save her. Only Rahab knew where to look for salvation, and her heart jumped for joy when she met the two men from Israel. But Rahab had not been told yet the full scope of the Gospel. Rahab had asked: "Give me a true token". She had still not received "a true sign". Now let us look at the two cords that are in view in this chapter.

#3.       Two Cords (Josh 2:15-18)                             We read in Josh 2:15,  

Josh 2:15  Then she let them down by a cord through the window: for her house was upon the town wall, and she dwelt upon the wall.

Historically, it was only after she had the following discussion with the two men that Rahab let them down by a cord through the window. God introduced the cord of Rahab at this point, so that we can see the contrast between this cord and the scarlet cord. Look now at verses 16-18,

Josh 2:16-18 “And she said unto them, Get you to the mountain, lest the pursuers meet you; and hide yourselves there three days, until the pursuers be returned: and afterward may ye go your way. And the men said unto her, We will be blameless of this thine oath which thou hast made us swear. (Meaning: we will fulfill this oath which thou hast made us swear.) 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 father's household, home unto thee.”

Read verse 18 carefully: The two men said: "bind it in the window which thou didst let us down by". In other words: The same window from where we escaped Jericho that is the window where you have to bind this scarlet line. That is the same window from where your deliverance comes. Rahab produced a strong cord that she tied to the bars of the window, which was the cord by which the two men climbed out along the wall to freedom. But before they climbed out of the window the two men produced the scarlet line, and they said to her: "Bind this scarlet line to this window". Historically, this scarlet line in the window was for the purpose of identification. But why did God write this detail in the Bible? Did God need this scarlet line for identification? No! Did Israel need the scarlet line for identification? No! The walls of Jericho fell down flat, except for that portion of the wall where Rahab's house was located. Remember that God wrote the Bible, and God wrote this for a reason. Who needs this sign of the scarlet line in the window? WE DO! God gave us this picture of the window and the scarlet line to tie this to another event in the Bible. The KJV translators purposely used the word "cord" for the strong cord that Rahab produced to let the two men climb out, and the word "line" for the scarlet line that the two men gave to Rahab, even though the scarlet line was also a cord. These two cords are two different Hebrew words. The cord that Rahab produced is a word whose primary meaning is "cord", but its strong secondary meaning is "sorrows". It means a cord associated with sorrows. This was the cord that the two witnesses had to use to climb out of Doom City. This was not the cord that Rahab had to use, for salvation is free. She did not have work for it or suffer for it. But Rahab received the scarlet line, the scarlet cord.

Josh 2:18  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.

This "line" is a Hebrew word that primarily has been translated "hope". Only two times has it been translated "line", and that is here in Joshua 2. But thirty times this word has been translated "hope", or "expectation". Here was the token that Rahab had asked for. This was the Hope that saved her life. Who was her Hope? Is it not remarkable that God says in Col 1:27, “To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.” If Christ is in us then we are in Christ, and then Christ is our Hope of glory. And what is this glory? It is the glory of being the owners of the New Jerusalem which God shall give us in the NH&NE, where we will be reigning with Christ and in Christ. Those are the riches of His glory. And presently Christ is our Hope of this glory. In the Bible hope is not an uncertain future. On the contrary, Biblical hope is a certain future, but it is called hope because it is not yet seen. God says in Rom 8:25, “But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.” And the fact of Christ in us is the Hope of this glory. The scarlet cord that Rahab received symbolized the hope and the glory of her salvation through the cross of Christ. That is why the cord was red, for red is the color of royalty, and red is also the color of sin, and red is also the color of the blood of Christ which was going to be shed for her sins, and the blood of Christ is a manifestation of the wrath of God on our sins. We read in Isa 1:18,

Isaiah 1:18  Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.

Our sins are as scarlet as the blood that has been shed by the Lord Jesus Christ. And Christ was portrayed by the Passover Lamb whose blood was shed on the doorsteps of the houses of the children of Israel in Egypt; the blood was smeared on the two doorposts and on the lintel. We read in Ex 12:13,

Ex 12:13  And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye are: and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt.

When the children of Israel saw the scarlet line in the window of Rahab's house, they passed by her house, and destroyed all the other inhabitants of Jericho. Just like the children of Israel obediently applied the blood of the Lamb to their doorposts and lintel, and so gave a picture of the future perfect Lamb of God that had to be slain, so Rahab the harlot had to bind the scarlet cord in the window, to give us a picture of the blood of Christ that was shed for her. Rahab was saved when she heard the Gospel from the two spies, and she believed that Gospel. Already then was she identified with Christ, the Passover Lamb, and that is why she bound the scarlet line from her window. And did you notice, from verse 21, when did she bind the scarlet line in the window? Immediately! That showed her identification with Christ. And why the window? For the two spies the window was the exit gate to freedom. For the children of Israel in Egypt, the door was the exit gate to freedom. Rahab's window served the same as a door. And remember that Christ said in John 10:9, "I am the door". In Rahab's house that was the same as the window. That is why the scarlet cord had to be tied to her window. And if we would go back in history we realize that this was the reason why there was only one widow in Noah's Ark, because that one window represented Christ. All the light came into that Ark through that one window.

Why did the two spies emphasize to Rahab that she could not reveal their business? We read in Josh 2:14,

Josh 2:14  And the men answered her, Our life for yours, if ye utter not this our business. And it shall be, when the LORD hath given us the land, that we will deal kindly and truly with thee.

And remarkably God emphasized this secret again in verses 20-21. Why was this so emphasized?

Josh 2:20-21  And if thou utter this our business, then we will be quit of thine oath which thou hast made us to swear. And she said, According unto your words, so be it. And she sent them away, and they departed: and she bound the scarlet line in the window.      (Immediately)

What was Rahab to keep secret? She had to remain loyal to the two spies and she could not reveal that they were hiding in the mountain for three days. Moreover, she could not reveal to her family that she had hidden the two spies, because her life in Jericho would be in danger. This had to remain a secret. She could not tell who she heard it from, except from God. God had chosen to save Rahab, and God had invited from her family those He gave the gift to believe Rahab that her house was their sanctuary. Notice, God did not invite anyone else. This was God's business. Because it was God's business, people could not invite themselves. Does this not show the sovereignty of God? Does this not show that God will save whom He will, and not by our will? People like to believe in God's mercy and in God's grace, and people like to believe that salvation is a free gift that is not earned or deserved. These slogans have been floating around long enough. But if it is true that we are not saved for any good deed that we have done, and choosing to follow Christ is a good deed, is it then not mandatory that God will distribute salvation to whom He will, because it is not based on any good deed on our part? And if God decides on whom He will have mercy, given the fact that God knows the end from the beginning, is it then not mandatory that God must make those decisions before the foundation of the world, as He says in Eph 1:4? Why do people object to the sovereignty of God if God states it so plainly? We read in Eph 1:4,

Eph 1:4  According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love.

God stated the principle of election here so plain and simple that it is impossible to deny it or wipe it away by spiritualization. And if we read Rom 9:11-13 the principle of election is again stated very plain and simple. But people do not like it because it interferes with their concept of self-respect and pride. And now they have to choose: Shall they cast away their pride, or shall they cast away Christ. Sadly to say, many have cast away Christ, because only if they are given the grace of God will they cast away their pride.

Did Rahab receive her "true token"? Yes indeed. Rahab received three tokens that she would escape the destruction that would come upon her world. First, she received the Good News from Joshua's representatives that her life would be spared. Second, she received the faith to believe that Joshua, or that Jesus, would spare her life. Third, she received the scarlet line, her scarlet Hope, which identified her with the blood of Christ, like the Passover Lamb did for the elect of the children of Israel in Egypt. What is our way of escape from the destruction that will surely come upon this world? What is our way of honoring Christ, who gave all He had to redeem those whom He called His children?

1.     Can we say with Rahab that we have received such Good News from God's messengers, the prophets? And can we know for sure that this Good News, this Gospel, is the true Gospel?

2.     Can we say with Rahab that we trust that the blood of Jesus Christ took away all our sins? Do we really believe that, or have we put our trust in other things, such as our water baptism, or our profession of faith, or the respectability of the church we belong to, and so on.

3.     Can we say with Rahab that we have received tangible evidence in our hands, which identifies the Christ in whom we have placed our trust? This tangible evidence for Rahab was the scarlet cord, and this evidence for us is the Bible. Can we say that we love this Bible, we lay our life on the line for the God of this Bible?

If we can honestly say: Yes and Amen to all three of these questions, we have already escaped the coming destruction. But know for sure that the Lord Jesus Christ has bought our freedom out of Doom City with a great price.                  AMEN.           Let us turn to the Lord in prayer.