Find Your Rahab (Joshua 2:1-21) January 2, 2011
The age of conquering Canaan or in our terms, the age of RUTC in which the Remnants rise and do God’s great works will definitely come. I hope you are preparing to receive and enjoy representative answers and blessings in the five fields (yourself, your meetings and interpersonal relationships, your family, your work, and where you live: your region, Washington DC, and America). Find the following three things as you hold onto the New Year’s message. First, it is the covenant He is giving you – your covenant for the age of RUTC. Second, it is a small application you can do – your preparation. Third, it is your challenge for the five fields. As you keep on drawing the picture of the days God will use you and the Remnants, pray and continuously check. Then you will confirm how accurately God is guiding you. It is absolutely imperative that you organize the Word. That is how you confirm. Today’s message is entitled, “Find Your Rahab. In order for the age of conquering Canaan and the RUTC to begin, there is someone you must meet.
1. Blessing of all blessings is blessing of meetings.
1) Who you meet is very important. The most important meeting is meeting God. If you do not meet God, even if you have everything you will never be filled and spiritual problems will come eventually. Second, it is your parents and siblings. They will affect you for the rest of your life. But this is not something you can choose. Third, you can run into someone important at your school, work, where you live, or even when you are on a trip. Some people find their spouses, coworkers, or friends.
2) When you meet them is also important.
a. There are some people you meet on a regular basis, some people you meet while you pray (especially your spouse), and sometimes you meet people when you are either at peace or going through difficult times. In many cases, people you meet in the midst of hardships end up being very important. When Moses was going through some tough time after running away from the palace to the desert, he met his wife and his father-in-law Jethro. Moses ended up living with them at their house for forty years and Jethro became Moses’ great adviser in important moments when Moses led the Exodus of the Israelites. When David was chased after by King Saul and stayed in the desert, he met 400 people who would be with him for the rest of his life. Paul in the Book of Acts usually met important people while praying and evangelizing. They all became his lifelong coworkers, benefactors, hosts, as close as his relatives, and his beloved as recorded in Ro.16.
b. The writings you leave behind before you pass would definitely contain some names. There would be some people you would prefer not to have met or some meetings you would consider very thankful and happy.
2. Today’s passage mentions a woman prepared by God by the name of Rahab whom the Israelites met in the beginning of their march to the Canaan conquest.
1) How important was this meeting for the Israelites? Joshua sent two spies into the city of Jericho and only by her help were they able to go past the closed gates of Jericho and spy on the whole city. Though they may be nonbelievers, there are some people who open your eyes. Regardless of their spiritual status, some people let you see something beneficial and let you see the field of the world. Using our terms, Rahab was a nonbeliever. But her help was crucial for the Israelites to draw a blueprint of one of the representative cities of Canaan Jericho and eventually conquer the city. Later Rahab gets accepted into one of the most representative Israelite tribes, but there are some people who will not be used to that extent. Then they only serve the role of just opening your eyes (You can indirectly experience what spiritual problems are as you look at people who are weak and afflicted.).
2) To Rahab who was a prostitute, how important was that meeting? She later marries someone from the Judean tribe, and the Messiah later comes from her tribe (genealogy that appears in Mt.1). Who would have known that Rahab was prepared for the coming of the Messiah? If Remnants can meet this kind of people even if they are nonbelievers, there would definitely be God’s plan.
3. When and how do you meet this kind of people?
1) This kind of meeting takes place when a person with the covenant and the mystery of Christ goes into a group of nonbelievers and into the field.
a. Jesus told us to “Go and make disciples of all nations (nonbelievers)” (Mt.28:18-20) and that we “will be His witnesses to the ends of the earth”. God will save others, the world, and nonbelievers through you. God called you a “royal priesthood” in 1Pe.2:9 and that “you may declare the praises of Christ who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light.”
b. It means that is how God will use you, but it can also mean that He has prepared people for you. What kind of person would welcome her enemies who came to spy on her land unless she was prepared by God? This becomes certain in the field. Do you think you can move others with your words? It is only possible because God moves the hearts of those He has chosen, prepares them, and attach them to you. It is said in Ac.13:48, “When the Gentiles heard this, they were glad and honored the word of the Lord; and all who were appointed for eternal life believed” for this reason.
c. Therefore, when you go to the field, you must appraise it spiritually (field analysis) and pray that God would attach whom He has prepared.
2) At last you meet someone like that. But how do you know if that person is really it?
a. First, the spies probably explained the LORD and how He got the Israelites out of Egypt. Second, they probably explained the reason why He sent them (God is willing to save you and this land.”). Third, they probably gave them the hope and answer within the LORD (“You can live. You can’t keep living like this, can you?”). Fourth, the woman asked how she and her family could live. In response, the spies gave her a sign as the way they could all live. That was a scarlet cord (verse 18). What does that scarlet cord symbolize? It symbolizes the blood of Christ and the covenant of the blood. “Whether you are a nonbeliever or a prostitute, the moment you hold onto the blood of Christ you can come out of all curses, fate, and disasters.”
b. But do you really think those spies gave told her the message this accurately? All they did was just give her the scarlet cord that would serve as a sign, and great works took place. The same works can happen today. All you prepare is a simple tract that is appropriate for them to seek the way to live and make a resolution, but the Holy Spirit would work upon your small action.
c. What was important was the woman’s choice. The spies told her the way to live, and the woman chose to hold onto the scarlet cord. Do you know what kind of decision that was? If this had gone public, her entire family’s life would immediately have fallen in jeopardy. In a way, she betrayed her family and her country. If you go to the field and preach the Gospel, you will run into some people in which all you have to do is simply introduce the Gospel. And some people will make the decision that Rahab made. You call them those God has prepared or disciples.
3) If you meet just one person like that, the entire history would change. There the genealogy of the Messiah was made and the Israel history changed. It may seem as those some works are small and they happen coincidentally, but a lot of them actually turn the world upside down.
Pray for this kind of meetings: the meeting that Rahab and the spies had. It is okay if you just meet one person like Rahab. Find among the nonbelievers. Do not look at his/her looks, occupation, or any personal background. I hope you may find the greatest blessing of meeting among nonbelievers.