“And as soon as we heard it, our hearts melted, and there was no spirit left in any man because of you, for the Lord your God, he is God in the heavens above and on the earth beneath.” (Joshua 2:11 ESV)
Rahab’s apparent faith is associated with what she and others had heard about the Lord’s activities during the Exodus. In the physical sense, everyone had heard how the people were brought out of slavery in Egypt, through the Red Sea, fed during their stay in the wilderness. Now the power of the Lord has been shown in the defeat of the kings of the Amorites as Israel, eventually, moved into the Promised Land. The fear of the Lord was amongst the people of Jericho
Is the Christian Church in the west as eager to proclaim the works of the Lord in this day and age? Have we allowed ourselves to be relegated to the fringes and the Lord’s power largely shielded from the view of everyone else?
Has the mocking voice of the enemy and his minions achieved the opposite of the example of Rahab – so diminished the perception of the power of the Lord that others are not afraid to mock, ignore, persecute His people and otherwise use the Lord’s name in vain?
In the time of Rahab the very mention of the coming of the people of the Lord, in his power, was sufficient to melt from the hearts and remove any thought of resistance from the people of Jericho.
Same Lord – same Power – come Holy Spirit and enable your people to be witnesses to your mighty power in this land!!
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” (Acts 1:8 ESV)
“And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then I said, “Here am I! Send me.”” (Isaiah 6:8 ESV)
Peter’s Sermon at Pentecost
14 “But Peter, standing with the eleven, lifted up his voice and addressed them: “Men of Judea and all who dwell in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and give ear to my words. 15 For these people are not drunk, as you suppose, since it is only the third hour of the day. 16 But this is what was uttered through the prophet Joel:
17 “‘And in the last days it shall be, God declares,
that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh,
and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
and your young men shall see visions,
and your old men shall dream dreams;
18 even on my male servants and female servants
in those days I will pour out my Spirit, and they shall prophesy.
19 And I will show wonders in the heavens above
and signs on the earth below,
blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke;
20 the sun shall be turned to darkness
and the moon to blood,
before the day of the Lord comes, the great and magnificent day.
21 And it shall come to pass that everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.’”
(Acts 2:14-21 ESV)
“Who is this King of glory?
The Lord, strong and mighty,
the Lord, mighty in battle!
9 Lift up your heads, O gates!
And lift them up, O ancient doors,
that the King of glory may come in.
10 Who is this King of glory?
The Lord of hosts,
he is the King of glory!”
(Psalm 24:8-10 ESV)