Sunday, July 21, 2019
All Peoples Church Joshua
Music by Don Doerksen and daughter Shania of St Adolphe.
Child Dedication is a special time in the life of the Church. Pray a Blessing. A village to raise a child. Holden Unger. Bless you. God's gift of life. Pray God's rich blessing. Everybody touch him and bless him.
Preaching Joshua be strong and courageous.
Shania sang the baby boy was king
Is faith more important than truth?
Joshua chose two men as spies and sent them from their camp at Acacia with these instructions: "Go across the river and find out as much as you can about the whole region, especially about the town of Jericho." The two spies left the Israelite camp at Acacia and went to Jericho, where they decided to spend the night at the house of a prostitute named Rahab. So the king sent soldiers to Rahab's house to arrest the spies. Meanwhile, Rahab had taken the men up to the flat roof of her house and had hidden them under some piles of flax plants that she had put there to dry. The soldiers came to her door and demanded, "Let us have the men who are staying at your house. They are spies." She answered, "Some men did come to my house, but I didn't know where they had come from. They left about sunset, just before it was time to close the town gate. I don't know where they were going, but if you hurry, maybe you can catch them." The guards at the town gate let the soldiers leave Jericho, but they closed the gate again as soon as the soldiers went through. Then the soldiers headed toward the Jordan River to look for the spies at the place where people cross the river. "Rahab," the spies answered, "if you keep quiet about what we're doing, we promise to be kind to you when the Lord gives us this land. We pray that the Lord will kill us if we don't keep our promise!"
Joshua 2:1, 3-7, 14 CEV
A crumpled or new dollar bill are worth the same.
Rahab The Prostitute is called The Prostitute in the New Testament. The title sticks.
Joshua sent spies. They went everywhere. 38 years earlier Joshua was a spy. Milk and honey. There are giants in the land. 10 men said we can't do it. Only Joshua and Caleb had faith. Only the 2 entered the Promised Land.
1. Where they went.
Check out Jericho. Rahab always had strange men coming and going. The spies went to her house to camouflage them. Someone noticed them. 10,000,000 Israelites were only 10 miles away. Rahab told a huge lie to protect them. She ran a brothel on the city wall. Lying was part of her life.
Lying cannot ever be justified.
2. What the spies heard.
I know God has given this land to you. The inhabitants are petrified of the Israelites. They had heard about the Red Sea. They knew that their days were numbered. Og the giant with the 6'x13' bed was defeated.
The Lord your God has already given the land to you, she says. The enemy the devil knows he has been defeated. The Lord is God of heaven and earth. The Israelites did not seem to know that. Do we trust God on Monday?
3. What the spies did
Preserve the house with the scarlet cord. Symbolize the blood of Christ.
The 2 dollar bills are guaranteed by the government.
Her faith made her righteous.
Which is more important? Character or faith? FAITH.
Justification is by faith. Rahab trusted God.
They rescued her and put her in a separate place. Eventually she became part of the genealogy of Jesus?.
Don & Shania song I see it on the steeple.