Tuesday, February 07, 2017
HEBREWS 11:31 NKJ 31 By faith the harlot Rahab did not perish . . .
Rahab was not a descendant of Israel. She was a harlot from the city of Jericho, which God commanded Israel to utterly destroy. But because of her faith, all that was hers was spared. She also became an ancestor of Jesus of Nazareth, being the great- great-grandmother of King David (Matthew 1:5-6).
No matter who you are, or what you have done, there is hope for you. Through faith in God, and His provision, your life can be changed.
Rahab asked that all her family and all their possessions be protected. This action evidently pleased God because Hebrews 11 commends her faith, and tells us that without faith it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6,31).
JOSHUA 2:12-13 NKJ 12 "Now therefore, I beg you, swear to me by the Lord, since I have shown you kindness, that you also will show kindness to my father's house, and give me a true token, 13 "and spare my father, my mother, my brothers, my sisters, and all that they have, and deliver our lives from death."
Note that Rahab asked for a token, a sign. They told her to place a blood-colored cord in her window -- representing her faith in God's provision of blood under the Old Covenant.
JOSHUA 2:18,21 NKJ 18 ". . . bind this line of scarlet cord in the window through which you let us down . . . . 21 Then she said, "According to your words, so be it." And she sent them away, and they departed. And she bound the scarlet cord in the window.
JOSHUA 6:23,25 NKJ 23 And the young men who had been spies went in and brought out Rahab, her father, her mother, her brothers, and all that she had. So they brought out all her relatives and left them outside the camp of Israel. 25 And Joshua spared Rahab the harlot, her father's household, and all that she had . . . .
We should stand in faith just as Rahab did and ask for the lives of all our family members, and for all our possessions.
Then we must "display the scarlet cord" in our windows -- the Blood of our Savior Jesus Christ. When the devil comes to steal, kill, or destroy us, or anything that belongs to us, we must make sure he sees the Blood of Jesus.
If a harlot, who had no covenant with God, by her faith received God's protection for all her family and possessions, surely as believers in the New Covenant established by Jesus' Blood, our faith can do at least as much.
SAY THIS: By faith, I place the blood of Jesus over all my family and all our property.
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