Summary: 3 of 4. Joshua sent spies to determine what they would encounter in the promised land. We can & should determine/examine what we will encounter on our church field. But what will we discover? Examining our church field, we discover People given to...
INSPECTING Our CHURCH FIELD-III—Joshua 2:1-24
Upon close examination, our perception of a situation may be much different than the reality.
We may be surprised at what we find.
We may be surprised at what we find on the church field—around & even ‘in’ our church.
Joshua sent spies to determine what they would encounter in the promised land.
We can & should determine/examine what we will encounter on our church field.
What will we discover about those on our church field?
7 Discoveries in our own church field.
Last time we found that...
Examining our church field, we discover People given to...
5—Examining our church field we discover...
People given to SIGHT & INSIGHT(:8-11)
:8—Now before they lay down, she came up to them on the roof,”
Because of the city’s being put on ‘high alert’ & the search for the Israelite spies, the spies were evidently going to sleep or at least rest “on the roof” among the flax. But prior to their being able to rest, Rahab approached them where they were.
“Lay down”(See :1—“Lodged”)—bkv shaw-kab’—
“Came up”(See :6—“Brought...up”)—hle aw-law'—
:9—& said to the men: “I know that the LORD has given you the land, that the terror of you has fallen on us, & that all the inhabitants of the land are fainthearted because of you.”
She spoke to the spies, revealing that she had a knowledge of Israel, Israel’s intent, & Israel’s God, YHWH(‘the LORD’).
Rahab divulged that she personally “knew” that the God of Israel/the Hebrews(“YHWH”) had indeed “given” them “the land” of which Jericho was currently a part & very possibly beyond Jericho’s holdings. We do not know if she understood YHWH’s comprehensive plan for the boundaries of the nation of Israel.
Rahab was not the only one who knew of Israel’s progress thru & to the nations, but all the pagan inhabitants of the city of Jericho were also aware. They were not only aware of Israel’s doings but were fearful as a result of the word of it & witnesses to it.
Not only did Rahab & those of Jericho know & fear, but the same “terror” gripped “all the inhabitants of the land” as a whole, to such an extent that these too became “fainthearted” as a result.
News had traveled regarding Israel & thus of Israel’s God, YHWH.
“Know”—edy yaw-dah’—Qal Perfect—1) To know. Strong—a primitive root; To know (properly--To ascertain by seeing); used in a great variety of senses, figuratively, literally, euphemistically & inferentially (including observation, care, recognition; & causatively, instruction, designation, punishment, etc.).
“Given”—Ntn naw-than’—Qal Perfect—1) To give, put, set. Strong—a primitive root; To give, used with greatest latitude of application (put, make, etc.).