He Never Forgets His Promises

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         This last Sunday Pastor Peggy took the gloves off and delivered a knockout message! It was encouraging, empowering, and spiritually emancipating. While the message was packed, beginning to end, with scriptural insight, personal testimonies and stories; there was one thing that particularly struck a chord with me.  It came from the main scripture she read:

Joshua 2:8-11

“Before the spies lay down for the night, she went up on the roof and said to them, “I know that the Lord has given you this land and that a great fear of you has fallen on us, so that all who live in this country are melting in fear because of you. We have heard how the Lord dried up the water of the Red Sea for you when you came out of Egypt, and what you did to Sihon and Og, the two kings of the Amorites east of the Jordan, whom you completely destroyed. When we heard of it, our hearts melted in fear and everyone’s courage failed because of you, for the Lord your God is God in heaven above and on the earth below.”

         Pastor Peggy made mention that Rahab, twice, described the people of Jericho melting in fear. Twice! Now there are no coincidences when it comes to God and there is a meaning that goes deeper than what appears on the surface of scripture. I researched the biblical meaning for the number two and here is the finding:

The Biblical Meaning of Number 2 deals with separation, things that are divided, or things that brings about division. The number 2 being the first number that can be divided it is regarded as the fundamental number for division. 

         So, what is Rahab doing here? She is not just simply telling the spies that she knows about their God and that she knows that God will surely give them the land. She is literally dividing herself from her people and uniting with God. This is made clear in the conversation that continues between her and the spies.

Joshua 2:12-21 

12 “Now then, please swear to me by the Lord that you will show kindness to my family, because I have shown kindness to you. Give me a sure sign 13 that you will spare the lives of my father and mother, my brothers and sisters, and all who belong to them—and that you will save us from death.”

14 “Our lives for your lives!” the men assured her. “If you don’t tell what we are doing, we will treat you kindly and faithfully when the Lord gives us the land.”

15 So she let them down by a rope through the window, for the house she lived in was part of the city wall. 16 She said to them, “Go to the hills so the pursuers will not find you. Hide yourselves there three days until they return, and then go on your way.”

17 Now the men had said to her, “This oath you made us swear will not be binding on us 18 unless, when we enter the land, you have tied this scarlet cord in the window through which you let us down, and unless you have brought your father and mother, your brothers and all your family into your house. 19 If any of them go outside your house into the street, their blood will be on their own heads; we will not be responsible. As for those who are in the house with you, their blood will be on our head if a hand is laid on them. 20 But if you tell what we are doing, we will be released from the oath you made us swear.”

21 “Agreed,” she replied. “Let it be as you say.”

So she sent them away, and they departed. And she tied the scarlet cord in the window.

         Rahab, despite her reputation, showed courage and honor by not just saving her own skin but that of her father and mother, brothers and sisters and their families as well. God honored the deal with Rahab and spared her and her family. But He did more than just honor the deal. You see, Rahab had divided herself from one not being a part of God’s family to longing to be a part of it. So, God literally brought the Messiah out of her lineage.

Matthew 1:1-5 

 The Genealogy of Jesus the Messiah

This is the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah the son of David, the son of Abraham:

Abraham was the father of Isaac,

Isaac the father of Jacob,

Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers,

Judah the father of Perez and Zerah, whose mother was Tamar,

Perez the father of Hezron,

Hezron the father of Ram,

Ram the father of Amminadab,

Amminadab the father of Nahshon,

Nahshon the father of Salmon,

Salmon the father of Boaz, whose mother was Rahab,

Boaz the father of Obed, whose mother was Ruth,

Obed the father of Jesse,

         It was in Jesus’ DNA to separate—divide—Himself from His divine nature to become one us and gave His life up so that we would be saved and become one of God’s children. God honored Rahab in a far great way than she could ever imagine. Her faith in Him not only led to the salvation of her family but ours as well. This just goes to show you, that God never forgot the words He spoke to Abraham, concerning him and his descendants: “I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.” (Genesis 12:3). 

I pray this is a reminder to you, God has not forgotten the words He has spoken over you. Don’t despair or lose hope. He is faithful and will do exceedingly more for you, than you could ever imagine!

Prayer

Father,

Thank You for speaking into my life. Your words speak life, encouragement, and comfort over me. Holy Spirit help me to hear the voice of my Shepherd and remind me of the wonderful things spoken over me. Amen!

Your servant in Christ,

Pastor Nathan

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