THE PROSTITUTE

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JOSHUA 2:11-13** (KJV)…..FOR THE LORD YOUR GOD, HE IS GOD IN HEAVEN ABOVE, AND IN EARTH BENEATH. NOW THEREFORE, I PRAY YOU, SWEAR UNTO ME BY THE LORD, SINCE I HAVE SHEWED (SHOWED) YOU KINDNESS, THAT, THAT YE WILL ALSO SHEW (SHOW) KINDNESS UNTO MY FATHERS HOUSE, AND GIVE ME A TRUE TOKEN…AND DELIVER OUR LIVES FROM DEATH.

DECEPTION IS OF GREAT SIGNIFICANCE IN THE STRATEGY OF WARFARE: WITHOUT DECEPTION ESPIONAGE WOULD BE IMPOSSIBLE. WHEN JOSHUA SENT THE TWO SPIES TO LOOK OVER THE LAND, ESPECIALLY JERICHO, THEY WENT AND ENTERED THE HOUSE OF A PROSTITUTE NAMED RAHAB AND STAYED THERE. TO MOST PEOPLE, THIS SEEMS A WICKED WAY TO ACCOMPLISH THEIR TASK, BUT WHEN THE HAND OF OUR GOD LED THE TWO SPIES TO THIS HOUSE OF ILL REPUTE IT SHOWS THE MIND OF GOD IS FAR ABOVE THE UNDERSTANDING AND MINDS OF MAN.

WHEN RAHAB HID THE SPIES AND LIED ABOUT THEIR WHEREABOUTS, SHE SIDED WITH ISRAEL AGAINST HER OWN PEOPLE WHICH IS AN ACT OF TREASON. OF COURSE, GOD TAKES HIS LAW SERIOUSLY, BUT THIS IS AN EXAMPLE OF LYING FOR GOD TO SAVE ISRAEL; THAT HAS BEEN OBVIOUSLY EXCUSED AND FORGIVEN DUE TO EXTENUATING CIRCUMSTANCES. GOD ALWAYS KNOWS BEST! THOSE THAT TRULY BELIEVE IN THE GOD OF ABRAHAM, ISAAC AND JACOB ARE ADOPTED INTO THE FAMILY OF OUR LORD. NO MATTER HOW TERRIBLE THEIR SINS HAVE BEEN.

JOSHUA 6:20**NIV**WHEN THE TRUMPETS SOUNDED, THE PEOPLE SHOUTED, AND AT THE SOUND OF THE TRUMPET, WHEN THE PEOPLE GAVE A LOUD SHOUT, THE WALL COLLAPSED; SO EVERY MAN CHARGED STRAIGHT IN, AND THEY TOOK THE CITY (JERICHO). **VERSE 22**JOSHUA SAID TO THE TWO MEN WHO HAD SPIED OUT THE LAND, ‘GO INTO THE PROSTITUTES HOUSE AND BRING HER OUT AND ALL WHO BELONG TO HER, IN ACCORDANCE WITH YOUR OATH TO HER." **VERSE 25**BUT JOSHUA SPARED RAHAB THE PROSTITUTE, WITH HER FAMILY AND ALL WHO BELONGED TO HER, BECAUSE SHE HID THE MEN JOSHUA HAD SENT AS SPIES TO JERICHO ---AND SHE LIVES AMONG ISRAELITES TO THIS DAY.

HOW ASTONISHING AND WONDERFUL THAT OUR LORD CHOSE A PAGAN HARLOT TO ASSIST ISRAEL IN OBTAINING THE PROMISED CANAAN, A LAND OF MILK AND HONEY. RAHAB’S BELIEF, TRUST AND FAITH WERE REWARDED BY MARRYING AN ISRAELI NAMED SALMON. ABOUT 1400 YEARS LATER HER DESCENDENTS ESTABLISHED ANOTHER JOSHUA (THE GREEK TRANSLATION MEANING "THE LORD SAVES" IS JESUS CHRIST, THE MESSIAH**MATTHEW 1:5).

NO MATTER HOW WICKED AND SINFUL YOUR LIFE HAS BEEN, WHEN YOU HUMBLE YOURSELF AND TURN YOUR LIFE AROUND, YOU ALSO CAN BE SAVED AS WAS RAHAB. THE LOVE OF OUR GOD GAVE HIS ONLY SON AS THE PERFECT PASSOVER LAMB FOR ATONEMENT FOR OUR SIN. YOU ALSO CAN BE ADOPTED INTO CANAAN WHICH IS SYMBOLIC OF THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN. JOHN 3:36**WHOEVER BELIEVES IN THE SON (THE MESSIAH, CHRIST JESUS) HAS ETERNAL LIFE. BUT WHOEVER REJECTS THE SON WILL NOT SEE LIFE, FOR GOD’S WRATH REMAINS ON HIM.

***CHOOSE LIFE THIS VERY MINUTE***