Joshua Chapter 2
10 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.
11 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.
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: and thou shalt bring thy father, and thy mother, and thy brethren, and all thy father's household, home unto thee.
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.
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Matthew Henry's Joshua Chapter 2 Bible commentary...
Rahab receives and hides two Israelites. (1-7) Rahab and the spies. (8-21) The return of the spies. (22-24)1-7 Faith in God's promises ought not to do away, but to encourage our diligence in the use of proper means. The providence of God directed the spies to the house of Rahab. God knew where there was one that would be true to them, though they did not. Rahab appears to have been an innkeeper; and if she had formerly been one of bad life, which is doubtful, she had left her evil courses. That which seems to us most accidental, is often overruled by the Divine providence to serve great ends. It was by faith that Rahab received those with peace, against whom her king and country had war. We are sure this was a good work; it is so spoken of by the apostle, #Jas 2:25|; and she did it by faith, such a faith as set her above the fear of man. Those only are true believers, who find in their hearts to venture for God; they take his people for their people, and cast in their lot among them. The spies were led by the special providence of God, and Rahab entertained them out of regard to Israel and Israel's God, and not for lucre or for any evil purpose. Though excuses may be offered for the guilt of Rahab's falsehood, it seems best to admit nothing which tends to explain it away. Her views of the Divine law must have been very dim: a falsehood like this, told by those who enjoy the light of revelation, whatever the motive, would deserve heavy censure.
8-21 Rahab had heard of the miracles the Lord wrought for Israel. She believed that his promises would certainly be fulfilled, and his threatenings take effect; and that there was no way of escape but by submitting to him, and joining with his people. The conduct of Rahab proved that she had the real principle of Divine faith. Observe the promises the spies made to her. The goodness of God is often expressed by his kindness and truth, #Ps 117:2|; in both these we must be followers of him. Those who will be conscientious in keeping promises, are cautious in making them. The spies make needful conditions. The scarlet cord, like the blood upon the doorpost at the passover, recalls to remembrance the sinner's security under the atoning blood of Christ; and that we are to flee thereto for refuge from the wrath of a justly offended God. The same cord Rahab used for the saving of these Israelites, was to be used for her own safety. What we serve and honour God with, we may expect he will bless, and make useful to us.
22-24 The report the spies brought was encouraging. All the people of the country faint because of Israel; they have neither wisdom to yield, nor courage to fight. Those terrors of conscience, and that sense of Divine wrath, which dismay the ungodly, but bring not to repentance, are fearful forebodings of approaching destruction. But grace yet abounds to the chief of sinners. Let them, without delay, flee to Christ, and all shall be well.
Charles Hooper's Joshua Chapter 2 comment on 5/25/2014, 7:57pm...
Rahab was a Harlot who helped the Israelites spy on Jerhico
Margaret's Joshua Chapter 2 comment on 4/22/2014, 6:38pm...
Rahab believed in Almighty God and acknowledged his great and mighty works. She dealt kindly and truly with the spies Joshua set. God blesses us all in many ways. God is awesome. He blesses the good as well as the bad.
Bunmi's Joshua Chapter 2 comment on 2/09/2014, 3:38pm...
Its always good to secure God s presence in our life cos Is the God of heaven the earth meaning when God be with us who can b against us even those that ought to hurt us halleluhai
Mike's Joshua Chapter 2 comment on 6/06/2013, 12:39pm...
very encouraging book
NWACHUKWU's Joshua Chapter 2 comment on 2/12/2013, 9:56am...
The Lord is his own interpreter, he can use an empty vessel to perform wonders, even the sinners can have the mercy of the Lord, because he doesn’t want anyone to perish but repent.
Ziarah's Joshua Chapter 2 comment on 11/02/2012, 11:58am...
God can use anyone to spread the word!
David faust's Joshua Chapter 2 comment about verse 14 on 9/11/2012, 6:01am...
I love this verse. It is one of my treasures and I love God who could and would write it this way. If you look at it in the King James, you'll notice that the word "Our" is capitalized and is a plural pronoun. This plural possessive pronoun is describing the noun "life" which of course is singular. In this verse very clearly our Great Triune God (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) is promising the Life of the Son as a propitiation to this lost prostitute some 1800 years before the Lord Jesus would actually enter the world. Praise the Lord. He sought me, and He bought me, with His redeeming blood! Just the way He did for this poor helpless sinner so long ago. Hallelujah! What a Saviour.
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