READ: Joshua 2:1-24
- Verses 9-11 reveal the heart of the occupants of the land about to be taken by Israel. Rahab speaks as if the “taking” was already done. She speaks of the fear generated by God’s reputation created by past actions. In fact, she reaches back forty years to the Exodus account. It’s highly unlikely she would be old enough to know that story first hand. It had to be a tale that was told and retold among the nations.
- The stories of the two kings, Sihon and Og, are stories also found in the Exodus/wandering stories of Israel. The stories all recount the power of YHWH over the gods of any nation. There is no question in Rahab’s mind that God is greater than any of their gods and thus to be feared and obeyed. But it’s not merely fear. Her fear is also confidence. She believes God can be trusted to honor His commitment to her made by the spies.
- Many of the Psalms recount the stories of God’s activities. They point the singers to the faithfulness of God. Those songs remind Israel (and us) that God is good and dependable, kind and gracious. They also remind us that God is righteous and just. Like the people of Canaan, God’s reputation puts us in the position to listen to Him and fear Him. We would do well to keep His character and attributes ever before us as motivation for worship, obedience and trust.
- What are the most significant of God’s character traits for you personally?
- How do you differentiate between being afraid of God and fearing God?
- What reputation does your life portray for God?
Give God honor for His character. Pray that you can live in deep respect for who He is. Commit yourself to living in such a way that His reputation is enhanced.