Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | March 31, 2021

“I know that the LORD has given you the land … He is God in heaven above and on earth beneath. … since I have dealt kindly with you, that you also will deal kindly with my father’s household”

Today’s devotion comes from Hebrews 11:31.

“By faith Rahab the harlot did not perish along with those who were disobedient, after she had welcomed the spies in peace.”  Hebrews 11:31.

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The following Scripture provides details of Rahab’s faith.

“Now before they lay down, she came up to them on the roof, and said to the men, “I know that the LORD has given you the land, and that the terror of you has fallen on us, and that all the inhabitants of the land have melted away before you.  For we have heard how the LORD dried up the water of the Red Sea before you when you came out of Egypt, and what you did to the two kings of the Amorites who were beyond the Jordan, to Sihon and Og, whom you utterly destroyed.  When we heard it, our hearts melted and no courage remained in any man any longer because of you;  for the LORD your God, He is God in heaven above and on earth beneath.  Now therefore, please swear to me by the LORD, since I have dealt kindly with you, that you also will deal kindly with my father’s household, and give me a pledge of truth, and spare my father and my mother and my brothers and my sisters, with all who belong to them, and deliver our lives from death.”  So the men said to her, “Our life for yours if you do not tell this business of ours;  and it shall come about when the LORD gives us the land that we will deal kindly and faithfully with you.”  Joshua 2:8-14.

Let us meditate on the details of Rahab’s faith that I have highlighted above in bold italic font.

First, we see Rahab’s belief in the providence of God and the goodness of God toward His people.  “I know that the LORD has given you the land, and that the terror of you has fallen on us, and that all the inhabitants of the land have melted away before you.”

Second, we see Rahab’s belief in the existence of God.  “for the LORD your God, He is God in heaven above and on earth beneath.”

Third, we see Rahab’s belief that God is a rewarder.  “since I have dealt kindly with you, that you also will deal kindly with my father’s household, and give me a pledge of truth, and spare my father and my mother and my brothers and my sisters, with all who belong to them, and deliver our lives from death.” 

“19 How great is Your goodness,
Which You have stored up for those who fear You,
Which You have wrought for those who take refuge in You,
Before the sons of men!
20 You hide them in the secret place of Your presence from the conspiracies of man;
You keep them secretly in a shelter from the strife of tongues.
21 Blessed be the LORD,
For He has made marvelous His lovingkindness to me in a besieged city.” Psalm 31:19-21.

“And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.” Hebrews 11:6.


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