Joshua 2* Rahab receives and hides two Israelites. (1-7) Rahab and thespies. (8-21) The return of the spies. (22-24)1-7 Faith in God's promises ought not to do away, but toencourage our diligence in the use of proper means. Theprovidence of God directed the spies to the house of Rahab. Godknew where there was one that would be true to them, though theydid not. Rahab appears to have been an innkeeper; and if she hadformerly been one of bad life, which is doubtful, she had lefther evil courses. That which seems to us most accidental, isoften overruled by the Divine providence to serve great ends. Itwas by faith that Rahab received those with peace, against whomher king and country had war. We are sure this was a good work;it is so spoken of by the apostle, #Jas 2:25|; and she did it byfaith, such a faith as set her above the fear of man. Those onlyare true believers, who find in their hearts to venture for God;they take his people for their people, and cast in their lotamong them. The spies were led by the special providence of God,and Rahab entertained them out of regard to Israel and Israel'sGod, and not for lucre or for any evil purpose. Though excusesmay be offered for the guilt of Rahab's falsehood, it seems bestto admit nothing which tends to explain it away. Her views ofthe Divine law must have been very dim: a falsehood like this,told by those who enjoy the light of revelation, whatever themotive, would deserve heavy censure. 8-21 Rahab had heard of the miracles the Lord wrought forIsrael. She believed that his promises would certainly befulfilled, and his threatenings take effect; and that there wasno way of escape but by submitting to him, and joining with hispeople. The conduct of Rahab proved that she had the realprinciple of Divine faith. Observe the promises the spies madeto her. The goodness of God is often expressed by his kindnessand truth, #Ps 117:2|; in both these we must be followers ofhim. Those who will be conscientious in keeping promises, arecautious in making them. The spies make needful conditions. Thescarlet cord, like the blood upon the doorpost at the passover,recalls to remembrance the sinner's security under the atoningblood of Christ; and that we are to flee thereto for refuge fromthe wrath of a justly offended God. The same cord Rahab used forthe saving of these Israelites, was to be used for her ownsafety. What we serve and honour God with, we may expect he willbless, and make useful to us. 22-24 The report the spies brought was encouraging. All thepeople of the country faint because of Israel; they have neitherwisdom to yield, nor courage to fight. Those terrors ofconscience, and that sense of Divine wrath, which dismay theungodly, but bring not to repentance, are fearful forebodings ofapproaching destruction. But grace yet abounds to the chief ofsinners. Let them, without delay, flee to Christ, and all shallbe well.
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