Rahab had to wait those seven days also. Based on her responsibility in the oath, who else was waiting with her? See also Joshua for the emotions of those around her. What did God do for her and her family? Be specific.
Deeper Discoveries Optional : Research others in scripture who experienced a time of waiting for God to act upon a promise for example, David, Paul. What did they do while waiting? Is this a problem for you? Have you become discouraged or been discouraged in the past from having to wait? Read Psalm How does this scripture and the story of Rahab encourage you? Think About It Optional : Read the words to the song below. Have you considered that God was in the waiting, too?
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What does the mention of Rahab three times in the New Testament tell us about the grace of God? Rahab was likely a prostitute just as it is written. In what ways did God forgive her past and give her a new future? This in no way mars the righteousness of God who used such a person in the fulfillment of His purposes. Instead this incident serves to bring His mercy and grace into bold relief. God loved Rahab. He knew what was going on in her life. He was able to do something about it.
But, God did not keep Rahab from losing the security of her home nor did He prevent her from having to go through the agony of watching the Israelites march around the city for 7 days. When she stepped out in faith, He met her there. She trusted Him to rescue her, and He did.
Forced into prostitution by Dabir, counselor to the Syrian king, Rahab despairs of ever regaining her freedom and her self-respect. But when Israelite spies enter Jericho and come to lodge at her house, Rahab sees a glimmer of hope and the opportunity of a lifetime. In one risky moment, she takes a leap of faith, puts her trust in a God she does not know, and vows to protect the spies from the authorities.
When the armies of Israel arrive weeks later, Rahab hopes they will keep their promise, but she has no idea what kind of challenges await her outside Jericho's walls--or if she will ever know the meaning of love. How many times had he heard his father weeping?
If only we'd believed Joshua and Caleb. If whining could wear down the Lord, his father's surely would have. Lord God of mercy, save me from such thinking, he prayed. It was too easy to sneer at the mistakes of others. Such arrogance. Salmon knew he was no better than the man who had fathered him. The danger was in looking too far ahead. He must wait, as Joshua was waiting. The Lord would speak when He was ready, and when God did speak, Salmon knew the choice would be presented to him: obey or disobey. He didn't want to hesitate like his father had.
Better to fear God than men.
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No matter how frightened he might be of the battle ahead, he knew it was a more fearful thing to displease the Lord. Therefore, he set his mind on obedience. He wouldn't allow himself to give in to his human weaknesses, his fears. How could one fear men and please God? Jehovah had promised the land of Canaan to His people. The day would come when He would call them to take hold of that promise. It would be up to Salmon and all those of his generation to obey. So far, none had weakened, but a few were grumbling at the delay, and a few questioned. Lord God of heaven and earth, I beg You to give me the confidence of Joshua.
Instill in me Your purpose. Do not let me weaken. You are God and there is no other! Turning, Salmon brought his staff up and blocked Ephraim's blow. When the Lord called him into battle, Salmon intended to be ready. Jumping to his feet, he pulled back the tent flap and gaped at Joshua. The old warrior ducked his head slightly and entered the tent, looked around briefly, and faced Salmon once more. Salmon shook inwardly with excitement, for what greater honor could there be than to have Joshua seek him out? Joshua inclined his head.
Setting the bundle he had brought with him to one side, he folded his legs beneath him as easily as a young man. When he looked up at Salmon, his eyes were dark and intent, ablaze with purpose. Under normal circumstances, the commander would have summoned him rather than come to his tent. Joshua would explain when he was ready.
Smiling slightly, Joshua held out his hand. But you can sit. Leaning forward, he clasped his hands and said nothing. The old man closed his eyes for a long moment and then raised his head and looked at him. The Lord speaks through you. To obey you is to obey God. I'll go wherever you want me to go and do whatever you need done. He leaned forward. Spy out the land on the other side of the Jordan River, especially around Jericho. See what defenses they have in place. Discern the mood of the people.
Caleb is giving instructions to Ephraim. Other than Caleb and Ephraim, no one knows you're leaving camp. You'll be going in secret. You're young and on fire, my son, but you must be coolheaded and wise as a serpent. Do not stroll into the city like a conqueror. Keep your head down. Seek out an establishment that will know the mind of the people. Blend in. Keep your eyes and ears open. The battlements aren't as important as what the Jerichoans are thinking. Find out everything you can, and then get out of there as quickly as possible.
Waste no time. Do you understand? He knew he would have to be careful when wearing the tunic. It would be difficult for him to blend in naturally among Jerichoans if anyone saw that stain. Anyone looking at it would know the last man who wore the garment had died a violent death. He would have to wear a mantle to cover it. Joshua rose. Salmon sprang to his feet. Joshua turned before going out, put his hand on Salmon's shoulder, and gripped him strongly.
Salmon held the flap open long enough to watch Joshua disappear among the other tents of Israel. Letting it drop back into place, he let out his breath sharply and dropped to his knees. Throwing back his head, Salmon closed his eyes and raised his hands, thanking God for this opportunity to serve. Then he prostrated himself and prayed for the wisdom and courage to complete the task. Thus unencumbered, they ran, reaching the eastern bank of the Jordan well before daybreak. Gasping for breath, Salmon dumped his bundle on the ground, grasped his tunic, and hauled it up over his head.
Swollen by spring floods, the river rose over its banks. Salmon shrugged into the Amorite tunic. He nodded toward a sloping bank as he strapped on a leather belt. The desert hasn't exactly afforded us much opportunity to learn, has it? Stop worrying. If God wills, we'll make it. Give me courage, Lord. The current will carry us. Overcoming his fear, he waded into the Jordan until the water was to his waist. Perhaps he could make it this way, one step at a time, using his own physical strength to keep himself on his feet.
But the next step proved he couldn't. He slipped on some slick rocks and lost his footing. Panic gripped him as he was sucked into the current. He was pulled under briefly, but he fought his way up long enough to fill his lungs with air. His body rolled and turned, spun back.
He hit something hard and almost lost his breath. Salmon fought his fear and the river, as the spring flood carried him along. Lord, help me! He saw the trees and kicked hard. Clawing the water, he used the current to steer his body. He kept his neck arched and stiff so that his head was above the water and he could breathe and see where he was going.
He heard a shout behind him but didn't have time to turn and see if Ephraim was doing any better than he. Making a lunge for an overhanging branch, he caught hold. Reaching up, he got a better grip and looked back. Ephraim was still standing on the far bank. Ephraim entered the river with obvious uneasiness. Stretching out his arms, he went in face first. Seeing how fast Ephraim was swept along, Salmon stretched out his body as far as possible so that his friend could reach his ankle. His body swung hard around and jerked against the strong pull of the river.
Water rippled violently over Ephraim's head. Clinging to the branch with one hand, Salmon reached down and grasped Ephraim and pulled. Pulling himself higher, his head emerged from the rushing water. He gasped for breath. Salmon grabbed Ephraim's belt and hauled him up farther. Salmon shoved him toward the west bank. When he made it to shore, Ephraim reached out and gave Salmon a hand and threw himself back as far as he could before the limb broke and toppled into the water. Gaining his footing in the rocky bottom, Salmon slogged his way out of the Jordan and collapsed to his knees.
Ephraim was coughing violently. Chest heaving, Salmon drank in the air. He dug his fingers into the soil and held it up to breathe in the scent of its richness. They were the first of their generation to set foot in the Promised Land. Hunkering down by the Jordan, he washed.
Rest while we walk! Even from a distance of several miles, the lush green spring-fed oasis was visible, as were the high, thick walls of the City of Palms that blocked entrance into Canaan.
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Salmon's heart sank. These walls were so immense, they would be insurmountable by frontal attack. Nor could they be taken from the west, for behind the walled city was a towering backbone of steep, jagged mountains. How will we ever conquer such a city? Never has there been such a stronghold! They were at least six times the height of any man, and there were battlements on both sides of the gate. Guards standing watch would see an army coming from miles away, giving them plenty of time to close the gates and prepare for battle.
Would Joshua have them build ladders to scale these walls? How many would die in setting them up and keeping them in place until enough soldiers could get over the wall? Could those immense gates be smashed or burned? How many would die in the battle for this city? Better if we aren't inspected too closely. The guards will be less attentive then. See All Customer Reviews. Shop Books. Read an excerpt of this book! Add to Wishlist. USD Sign in to Purchase Instantly. Overview Christy Award winner! Book 2 in the Lineage of Grace series by best-selling author Francine Rivers.
In her trademark style, Francine tells the compelling story of Rahab from the book of Joshua. Readers will gain a fresh understanding of God's work through the life of this unlikely woman in the lineage of Christ. About the Author. Turning from the general market to the Christian market after her conversion to Christ in , best-selling novelist Francine Rivers has received the Rita Award for best inspirational romance, was nominated for the Gold Medallion in fiction, and has twice been rated as one of the favorite romance writers in America.
Read an Excerpt One Rahab studied the distant plain of Jericho from her window in the city wall, her heart stirring with fear and excitement. Show More. Table of Contents. Average Review. Write a Review. Related Searches.