Did the Old Testament Greats Understand God’s Plan? Part 29

This entry is part 29 of 45 in the series Did the Old Testament Greats Understand God's Plan?

Recap Part 28: By faith Moses did as commanded and assisted the children of Israel with all their needs. He assisted them with all their journeying in the dessert for 40 years. He was their Judge and guide. All turned to him for all of their needs.

Part 29

After the death of Moses, Joshua led God’s children to the promised land. He was faithful to God and assisted Moses through many of his years before God took him. Along the way, God told Joshua to take Jericho. The children of Israel encompassed Jericho and did not allow anyone to get in or out. He also commanded saying: “And ye shall compass the city, all ye men of war, and go round about the city once. Thus shalt thou do six days. And seven priests shall bear before the ark seven trumpets of rams’ horns: and the seventh day ye shall compass the city seven times, and the priests shall blow with the trumpets. And it shall come to pass, that when they make a long blast with the ram’s horn, and when ye hear the sound of the trumpet, all the people shall shout with a great shout; and the wall of the city shall fall down flat, and the people shall ascend up every man straight before him” (Joshua 6:3-5).

Joshua instructed the children of Israel and they did as they were commanded. On days 1-6 the children of Israel kept completely quiet and only blew the horns, but on day 7, they shouted with all their voices and with all their might. “So the people shouted when the priests blew with the trumpets: and it came to pass, when the people heard the sound of the trumpet, and the people shouted with a great shout, that the wall fell down flat, so that the people went up into the city, every man straight before him, and they took the city. And they utterly destroyed all that was in the city, both man and woman, young and old, and ox, and sheep, and ass, with the edge of the sword” (vs 20-21). And they burnt the city with fire, and all that was therein: only the silver, and the gold, and the vessels of brass and of iron, they put into the treasury of the house of the LORD” (VS 24).

Prior to these events we see a story of a harlot, spies, and God’s hand. Joshua sends spies into the land of milk and honey to bring a report to the children of Israel. These spies come to a town and are caught off guard by its people, but a harlot named Rahab hides them from harm. “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. 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. And the woman took the two men, and hid them, and said thus, There came men unto me, but I wist not whence they were: 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 wot 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” (Joshua 2:1-6).

In the end because of this woman’s courage and ability to act in favor of God, she was granted her life by Joshua; once he conquered the land. “And Joshua saved Rahab the harlot alive, and her father’s household, and all that she had; and she dwelleth in Israel even unto this day; because she hid the messengers, which Joshua sent to spy out Jericho. And Joshua adjured them at that time, saying, Cursed be the man before the Lord, that riseth up and buildeth this city Jericho: he shall lay the foundation thereof in his firstborn, and in his youngest son shall he set up the gates of it. So the Lord was with Joshua; and his fame was noised throughout all the country” (Joshua 6:25-27). We share similar blessings from God when we act with obedience to his commandments. What did Joshua know? WHAT DID THEY KNOW? January 6, 2019 Recap Part 29: Last week we spoke of Joshua and the harlot Rahab. “By faith the walls of Jericho fell down, after they were compassed about seven days. By faith the harlot Rahab perished not with them that believed not, when she had received the spies with peace” (Hebrews 11:30-31).

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