Week 11  Day 6

God's bag is full of tricks
        the Jericho wall
        is an example of that.

Rahab is an Old Testament example of redemption
Rahab was a Gentile
                    a woman
                    an "innkeeper" (harlot in Biblical terms)
She had three strikes against her

Yet she had saved the Israelite spies
        and the nation
        was forever grateful to her

Her motives at the time
        whether for money
        that's not important

God used her
        and she found salvation
                for herself
                and all her household

Rahab became a convert
        she put away her former life 
Israel brought her in and treated her like one of their own
        and she married an Israelite man

God is full of surprises and Rahab is one of them
You will find her name in Jesus' family tree (Matt 1:5)
       right along with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob!

                           THE BATTLE OF JERICHO
                               Six days, march once;
          seventh day, march seven times; then shout.
                                         Joshua 6

    1Now Jericho was securely shut up because of the children
of Israel; none went out, and none came in.  2The Lord said to
Joshua:  "See! I have given Jericho into your hand, its king,
and the mighty men of valor.  You shall march and go around
the city once.  This you shall do six days.  4And seven priests
shall bear seven trumpets of rams' horns before the ark.
    But the seventh day you shall march around the city seven
times, and the priests shall blow the trumpets.  5When they
make a long blast with the ram's horn, and you hear the sound
of the trumpet, all the people shall shout with a great shout;
then the wall of the city will fall down flat.  And the people
shall go up every man straight before him."
    8So it was, when Joshua had spoken to the people, that the
seven priests bearing the rams' horns advanced and blew the
trumpets, and the ark of the covenant of the Lord followed
them.  9The armed men went before the priests, and the rear
guard came after the ark, while the priests continued blowing
the trumpets. 10Now Joshua had commanded the people,
saying, "You shall not shout or make any noise with your
voice until the day I say to you, 'Shout!'  Then you shall shout."
11So he had the ark of the Lord circle the city, going around
it once.  Then they came into the camp and lodged there.
14The second day they marched around the city once and
returned to the camp.  So they did six days.
    15On the seventh day they rose early, and marched around
the city seven times in the same manner.  16And the seventh
time, when the priests blew the trumpets, Joshua said to the
people:  "Shout, for the Lord has given you the city!"
    20When the people shouted with a great shout, the wall
fell down flat.  Then the people went up into the city, every
man straight before him, and they took the city.  21They
destroyed all that was in the city, both man and woman,
young and old, ox, sheep and donkey, with the sword.
    24They burned the city and all that was in it with fire. Only
the silver and gold, and the vessels of bronze and iron, they
put into the treasury of the house of the Lord.  25And Joshua
spared Rahab the harlot, her father's household, and all that
she had.  She dwells in Israel to this day, because she hid
the messengers sent to spy out Jericho.
            This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV

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