Joshua 2-8 - God hasn't changed a bit!

If you have been reading along with me for any length of time, you may have heard me say that everything in the Old Testament points to Jesus.  Did you see any of that in this week's reading? Once again, I did!

I read one commentary that pointed out how Joshua himself was a "Christ-like" figure.  Joshua in Hebrew means Savior and we read how he was the one designated to deliver the Israelites to the Promised Land.  In the same way,  the name Jesus means Savior in Greek and we know that he is the one who will deliver his people to the heavenly Promised Land.

I can say more on this foreshadowing to Christ, but to be honest, my attention was caught more in how God expects the same from us today as he did of his true followers back in the time of Joshua.
While I was reading about Rehab in chapter 2, I thought, "Boy, God does not change! (Hebrews 13:8). He is always looking for a heart that is open to him and when he finds it, He blesses that person. Rehab is a perfect example for us!

Rehab had already heard about the God of Isreal (2:10), because of the talk of the town.  They had heard about God drying up the Jordan for the Israelites to cross. What she heard, she believed wholeheartedly and said so to the spies that came to her.   "..for the Lord, your God is God in heaven above and on the earth below." (2:11)
Rehab gives us an excellent example of how we should respond when we come to a saving belief in Jesus Christ.

1.)  She outwardly confessed her belief. (2:11).  Romans tells us we also need to confess with our mouth that Jesus is Lord. (Romans 10:9)

2.)  She acted on her faith.  Rehab acted on her faith by protecting the spies and then hanging the cord in her window like they had told her to do.  God doesn't just want our faith to be words, but deeds as well (James 2:14-26).

3.) She held onto her faith, not knowing exactly when the Israelites would arrive, just as we are to hold to our faith until Christ returns even though we don't know when that will be. (Matt. 10:22 & Rev 2:10)

4.) She also displayed her faith with that scarlet cord.  Maybe others wouldn't have known what the scarlet cord meant, but most likely they noticed that she wasn't "melting in fear", as the others were doing (2:29).  She also shared with her parents and other immediate family members what she believed.  They believed her enough to stay in her home while the battle raged outside their door.  We too are asked to "display" our faith (Matt.5:16)

Lord, help me to display my faith to others as Rehab did!!

Did you notice the bit of foreshadowing with that scarlet cord?  Scarlet is the same color of blood, right? That scarlet cord spared Rehab's life, just as the blood of Jesus saves us!  How poetic!!
What a masterful storyteller our God is!  He is giving hints to what is to come in Jesus, way back in the early days of the Israelites.  When one is aware of the foreshadowing, it makes reading the Old Testament fun, and suspense building! At least I feel it!!

What about you?  Is the suspense building to the coming of Christ?!


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