Yesterday in our Crimson Cord sermon here at FBC we looked at Joshua 1-4 and we discussed how Joshua and God’s people were asked to have strength and courage that was rooted in the nature of God and the power and authority of His word, His covenant promises, and His ongoing faithfulness (Joshua 1:1-18).
But we also looked at Rahab, a prostitute whose life had been filled with immorality and pagan idolatry but who turned to believe in the might, the supremacy, and the mercy of God (Joshua 2:8-14). We looked to the New Testament which shows her as an ancestor of Christ (Matthew 1:5), a woman of faith (Hebrews 11:31), and a woman whose faith led to righteous works (James 2:25).
We then discovered how Joshua, whose name means “the Lord saves”, became the new Moses, but also served as a type of Christ. He is exalted by God in the people’s sight as he leads them into a new day of salvation into the land God had promised (Joshua 4:14ff).
Our faith and trust in God’s word cannot simply be intellectual. It must move us to action and obedience in our everyday lives. We must also acknowledge that we are all Rahab. We are all spiritual prostitutes, Gentiles, undeserving of being included in God’s family and becoming a part of His kingdom work.
Finally, just as Joshua called the people to action, we too are to be witnesses to our children, and to the world “so that all the peoples of the earth may know that the hand of the Lord is mighty, that you may fear the Lord your God forever” (Joshua 4:24).