Joshua takes up Moses' mantle as leader of the Israelites. God gives him a great pep talk and assures him that just as He was with Moses, He will also be with Joshua. Joshua send out two spies to check out the land and prepare to cross over Jordan. The king discovers that there are spies and that they are staying at the house of a prostitute named Rahab. The translation is a little weird because the footnote after prostitute says "or could be 'innkeeper'"...last time i checked those were two very different roles!.
I have vaguely heard of Rahab but was not aware of how amazingly beautiful she was to this whole story. She hid the two men from the soldiers of her city and helped them to escape under one condition--her family would be allowed to live when the city was taken. The Israelites reputation had preceded them and Rahab knew exactly what their visit to the city meant. She as ok with that, as long as her family was allowed to live. She ties a scarlet cord in her window (as instructed by the spies) as a sign that she will keep her family in her house and they will not be touched. Her story is simple and amazing at the same time. I love how God proves he can use anyone for His glory...her small act made it possible for the Israelites to continue on their journey... breathtaking.
The Levites lead the way with the Ark of the Covenant over Jordan. When they reach the water, God makes the water upstream stop and stand upright--allowing the people to cross on dry land. Joshua then has them build a memorial of sorts from 12 stones taken from the middle of the Jordan as testimony to what happened there today.
This was one of the most encouraging readings to date. Its good to read about God's provision and infinite wisdom--I definitely needed that today!!
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