Summary: Be faithful with the job God gave you to do.
A. YOUR ATTITUDE BEFORE ACTIONS
1. Act on what God has told you. “Arise, go over this Jordan . . . to the land which I am giving them” (1:2).
a. God sends us. “Go into all the world and preach the gospel” (Mark 16:5).
b. God wants to use us. “Yield ye your members” (Rom. 6:13, KJV).
c. God expects victory. “Thanks be unto God who gives us the victory (2 Cor. 2:14).
2. Last commands are standing orders.
a. Don’t quit until God gives new orders.
b. Be faithful with the job God gave you to do.
3. The same principles for spiritual warfare as physical war.
“Now Joshua . . . sent out two men . . . to spy secretly, saying, ‘Go, view the land, especially Jericho’” (2:1).
1. Don’t make the same mistake twice. Forty years earlier sent 12 spies. Ten grumbled and made Israel doubt. Two brought a faithful report.
2. What did they look for?
a. The fortification of Jericho.
b. The customs of the land, “lodged there” (v. 1).
c. The people, some were good; Rahab.
d. There is always risk in obeying God.
C. LOOK FOR THE PROVIDENCE OF GOD
“They went to the house of Rahab the harlot and lodged. The king of Jericho was told they were there . . . the woman took the two men and hid them . . . the woman lied, ‘I do not know where they were from . . . before the gate was shut, they went out . . . I don’t know where they went. Go quickly and catch them. She brought them to the roof and hid them in the stalks of flax” (2:1a-6, ELT).
1. God uses unsaved people in the ministry of Christians.
2. You will get help from amazing places, not always spiritual people.
3. Don’t be surprised when unsaved people lie, i.e., “All men are liars” (Ps. 116:11).
4. Two kinds of miracles, direct and indirect providence.
a. Providence from French, “provide.”
b. Take more energy for indirect miracles because of (1) laws, (2) freewill, (3) time, (4) changing circumstances, and (5) believers don’t always obey God.
D. FINDING FAITH IN AN ENEMY
“Rahab said to the spies, ‘I know the LORD has given you the land and everyone is scared to death of your people . . . we heard how the Lord led you through the Red Sea on dry land, and you defeated two kingdoms on the other side of the Jordan . . . your God is the LORD of Heaven above and the earth beneath . . . spare my life and all my family’” (2:3-13, ELT).
1. The testimony of God’s victory prepares the unsaved heart.
2. Every unsaved person has an inborn knowledge of God the Creator. “For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse” (Rom. 1:20).
3. When Rahab chose God, she rejected her culture and way of life.
4. Don’t foolishly fight when you can’t win; hide. “When they persecute you in this city, flee to another” (Matt. 10:23).