1 Then Joshua son of Nun secretly sent two spies from Shittim. “Go, look over the land,” he said, “especially Jericho.” So they went and entered the house of a prostitute named Rahab and stayed there.
God directed the spies to Rahab’s house because he knew her heart was open to him and that she would be instrumental in the Israelite victory over Jericho. God often uses people with simple faith to accomplish his great purposes, no matter what kind of past they had or how significant they seem to be. Rahab didn’t allow her past to keep her from the new role God had for her. Just think what marvellous things he could do with us of little faith….
Psalm 123 – 125
124:7 We have escaped like a bird from the fowler’s snare; the snare has been broken,
and we have escaped. 8 Our help is in the name of the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.
Do you ever feel trapped by overwhelming odds? With God there is always a way out because he is the Creator of all things. We can turn to the Creator for help in our time of need , for he is on our side. God will provide a way out, we need only to trust him and look for it
1 For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent for Jerusalem’s sake I will not remain quiet till her vindication shines out like the dawn, her salvation like a blazing torch. 2 The nations will see your vindication,
and all kings your glory; you will be called by a new name that the mouth of the Lord will bestow. 3 You will be a crown of splendor in the Lord’s hand, a royal diadem in the hand of your God. 4 No longer will they call you Deserted, or name your land Desolate. But you will be called Hephzibah, and your land Beulah; for the Lord will take delight in you and your land will be married. 5 As a young man marries a young woman, so will your Builder marry you; as a bridegroom rejoices over his bride, so will your God rejoice over you.6 I have posted watchmen on your walls, Jerusalem; they will never be silent day or night. You who call on the Lord, give yourselves no rest, 7 and give him no rest till he establishes Jerusalem and makes her the praise of the earth.
Isaiah prayed without resting, hoping that Israel would be saved. We should have Isaiah’s zeal to see God’s will be done. This is what we mean when we pray “Your Kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven”. It is good to pray persistently.
7 As you go, proclaim this message: ‘The kingdom of heaven has come near.’
The Jews were waiting for the Messiah to usher in his kingdom. They hoped for a political and military kingdom that would free them from Roman rule and bring back the days of glory under David and Solomon. But Jesus was talking about a spiritual kingdom. The gospel today is still that the kingdom is near!