Summary: 4 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-IV—Joshua 2:1-24
Camouflage—Short Video TV ad begins with a scene of a pristine forested area.
Everything looks natural, peaceful...then you see movement...a completely camouflaged bow-hunter has been standing against a tree, blending in so completely that he is indistinguishable from the surrounding forest!
Our perception of a situation may be much different than the reality forund upon closer examination.
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?
8 Discoveries in our own church field.
Last time we found that...
Examining our church field, we discover People given to...
5. SIGHT& INSIGHT(:8-11)
6. CONVICTION(:12-16, :4, :9)
7—Examining our church field we discover...
People given to GRACE(:17-21)
:17—“So the men said to her: “We will be blameless of this oath of yours which you have made us swear,
:18—“unless, when we come into the land, you bind this line of scarlet cord in the window through which you let us down, & unless you bring your father, your mother, your brothers, & all your father’s household to your own home.”
Again the spies reiterated their “blamelessness” regarding the “oath” they had made with Rahab.
It appears that the men may have experienced some degree of constraint due to the clandestine nature of the circumstances. Perhaps they felt obligated to Rahab’s rescue in fear for their own lives.
Regardless, Rahab exhibited faith. The spies exhibited grace...Rahab’s faith exhibited the reception of grace!
The spies’ blamelessness(:17) was couched in Rahab’s seeing fit to tie the “line of scarlet cord” in the very “window” thru which they would escape. Rahab would comply(:21).
Likewise, the spies’ “blamelessness” & “guiltlessness” in regard to the salvation of Rahab’s family, would only be maintained if,they were all gathered within the confines of Rahab’s house during the looming attack.
Rahab was ‘forced’/compelled into action by her faith!
Likewise, Gen. chapters 6-8—None of Noah’s family—himself, his wife, his sons, or his daughters-in-law—had to enter the ark. They chose to trust & were saved!
“Blameless”—yqn naw-kee'—1) Clean, free from, exempt, clear, innocent; 2) Innocent.
“Oath”(See :20)—hewbv sheb-oo-aw'—1) Oath, curse. Strong—properly--Something sworn, i.e. An oath.
“Made”(See :20)—hwqt tik-vaw'—1) Cord; 2) Hope, expectation—2a) Hope, 2b) Ground of hope, 2c) Things hoped for, outcome. Strong—literally--A cord(as an attachment [compare 06961]); figuratively--Expectancy.