Sunday, January 4, 2015

January 4 - Joshua 2

Today's reading in our daily plan is Joshua 2. Take a moment to pray, asking God to speak to you from this passage. Then read, using the following notes and questions to help you get everything out of the passage.

SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)

  • Verses 1-7 are setting the stage for Israel’s siege of Jericho as Joshua sends in a reconnaissance team to spy on the city.
  • In verses 8-14, Rahab addresses the Israelite troops by assuring them that God is at work in the midst of this siege.  The God of heaven is working with them on earth (verse 11).
  • In verses 15-24, the Israelite troops reaffirm their covenant with Rahab in the midst of the siege.  A covenant is an agreement between two parties.  Their covenant relationship with Rahab is symbolic of our covenant with God.  

SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)

  • Rahab was a prostitute, who God used to play an important part in this critical moment in the history of God’s people. We later discover that Rahab becomes one of Jesus’ direct ancestors. 
  • The confidence of our faith comes from the presence of God.  The Bible says God is our strength and our shield (see Psalm 28:7), and that God goes before us (see Deuteronomy 31:8). We are never alone (see Psalm 139:7).  God promises that He is with us always (see Matthew 28:20; Luke 24:49, and Psalm 118:6). This should give us courage.

NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)

  • Perhaps you look at your messy life, at the sins you’ve committed, and think that God must not have any use for you. That is absolutely not true. God used Rahab in powerful ways, despite her sin, and God wants to use you as well. Spend some time letting God know that you’re available for Him to use.
  • Where do you put your confidence? Is it in you, or in God? When you put your confidence in God, it can’t be shaken. So, what would it look like for you to put your confidence in Him? How might you live different?