The Need for God’s People to Seek the Lord’s Direction and Have the Lord’s Presence to Display His Victory
for the Building Up of His Body and the Spreading of His Kingdom– Week 4
11 When we heard, our hearts melted; and there no longer remained any spirit in any man because of you; for Jehovah your God, He is God in heaven above and upon earth beneath.
1 Peter 1:18-19
18 Knowing that it was not with corruptible things, with silver or gold, that you were redeemed from your vain manner of life handed down from your fathers,
19 But with precious blood, as of a Lamb without blemish and without spot, the blood of Christ;
5 And Salmon begot Boaz of Rahab, and Boaz begot Obed of Ruth, and Obed begot Jesse,
31 By faith Rahab the harlot did not perish with those who were disobedient, since she had received the spies with peace.
28 For this is My blood of the covenant, which is being poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.
1 John 2:2
2 And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for those of the whole world.
1 Peter 2:6-8
6 For it is contained in Scripture: “Behold, I lay in Zion a cornerstone, chosen and precious; and he who believes on Him shall by no means be put to shame.”
7 To you therefore who believe is the preciousness; but to the unbelieving, “The stone which the builders rejected, this has become the head of the corner,”
8 And, “A stone of stumbling and a rock of offense”; who stumble at the word, being disobedient, to which also they were appointed.
Joshua sent the two spies to spy out the good land, especially Jericho (Josh. 2: 1a). Joshua’s real purpose in sending out the spies was to find Rahab.
Rahab believed in the God of Israel (vv. 8-11; Heb. 11: 31a). She told the spies that she knew that Jehovah had given the land to the people of Israel and that all the inhabitants of the land melted before them. She went on to say that they had heard how Jehovah had dried up the water of the Red Sea before Israel when they came out of Egypt and what they did to the two kings of the Amorites, Sihon and Og, whom they utterly destroyed. Then Rahab declared, “Jehovah your God, He is God in heaven above and upon earth beneath” (Josh. 2: 11b). Because of her faith in God, she “did not perish with those who were disobedient” (Heb. 11: 31a). (Life-study of Joshua, p. 16)
Rahab was willing to receive the spies, hide them, and deliver them by her acts out of her faith (Josh. 2: 1b-7, 15-16, 22; James 2: 25). Her receiving, hiding, and delivering the spies were acts of faith. This indicates that her faith was active. After receiving the spies, she had good fellowship with them concerning what God intended to do.
The spies told Rahab to hang a line of scarlet thread in the window of her house (Josh. 2: 18). According to their word, “she tied the scarlet line in the window” (v. 21).
The scarlet thread tied in the window of Rahab’s house was hung out in the open; it was there for everyone to see. Thus, the scarlet thread tied to the window typifies an open confession of the redeeming blood of Christ (1 Pet. 1: 18-19). Rahab made such an open confession and believed that by this sign she and her household would be delivered.
Eventually Rahab the harlot became one of the excellent, prominent ancestors of Christ. This Canaanite woman married Salmon, a leader of the tribe of Judah, and through her union with this Jewish leader she became a part of Israel and brought forth Boaz, the great-grandfather of David. What an honor it is that Rahab’s name is included in the genealogy of Christ in Matthew 1! This is a strong sign that the history recorded in Joshua is in line with God’s eternal economy concerning Christ. (Life-study of Joshua, pp. 17, 15-16)
Now we must pay our full attention to the principles governing our association with Christ. The first principle is that, no matter what our background is, we must turn to God and to God’s people. Second, we must marry the proper person, not in a physical sense, but in a spiritual sense. After we have turned to God and to God’s people, we must be joined, built up, and involved with the proper person. Third, we must bring forth the proper fruit. Then we will be fully in the portion of the birthright of Christ.
It seems that many Christians today have lost their birthright. They do not have Salmon and Boaz. If you would have a Salmon and a Boaz, you must become involved with the proper believers, with the proper leading ones in the leading tribes. Then you need to bring forth the proper fruit, Boaz, who will be a forefather of David. We must turn to the Lord, and we must turn to the Lord’s people; we must also take care of how we become involved with others. If we become involved with the proper persons, surely we shall bring forth the proper fruit. This will keep us in the full enjoyment of the birthright of Christ. (Life-study of Matthew, p. 31)
Further Reading: Life-study of Matthew, 3; CWWL, 1953, vol. 1, “Knowing Life and the Church,” chs. 16-17
Corporate Reading of “The History of God in His Union with Man” Chapter 6 – Sections: Calling Him The First Time; The Second Time