Joshua 2:15-24

The Promise to Rahab

15 Then she let them down by a rope through the window, for her house was on the city wall, so that she was living on the wall. 16 She said to them, “Go to the hill country, so that the pursuers will not happen upon you, and hide yourselves there for three days until the pursuers return. Then afterward you may go on your way.”17 The men said to her, “We shall be free from this oath [m]to you which you have made us swear, 18 [n]unless, when we come into the land, you tie this cord of scarlet thread in the window through which you let us down, and gather to yourself into the house your father and your mother and your brothers and all your father’s household. 19 It shall come about that anyone who goes out of the doors of your house into the street, his blood shall be on his own head, and we shall be free; but anyone who is with you in the house, his blood shall be on our head if a hand is laid on him. 20 But if you tell this business of ours, then we shall be free from the oath which you have made us swear.” 21 She said, “According to your words, so be it.” So she sent them away, and they departed; and she tied the scarlet cord in the window.

22 They departed and came to the hill country, and remained there for three days until the pursuers returned. Now the pursuers had sought them [o]all along the road, but had not found them23 Then the two men returned and came down from the hill country and crossed over and came to Joshua the son of Nun, and they related to him all that had happened to them. 24 They said to Joshua, “Surely the Lord has given all the land into our hands; moreover, all the inhabitants of the land have [p]melted away before us.”

Now, it wouldn’t be a stretch to think that the tale of an army over 600k strong would be enough to melt the hearts of the inhabitants of the land, but they still give the credit to God (rightly so).

It’s an important lesson for us, that even though we play a part in everything that happens, and so do those around us, ultimately God is the artist, and we are painting on His canvas.

We need to remember what He has done for us, even when we wouldn’t call it a “miracle”, the result is the combination of the choices we make, and His divine providence acting in this world. All we have, is a gift from God, and nothing would exist without His sustenance and creative power.

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