March 18, 2017: SOAP #2662 Joshua 1-2; Psalm 37; 1Corinthians 3 Scripture: Joshua (NIV) 2:8 Before the spies lay down for the night, she went up on the roof 9 and said to them, “I know that the LORD has given this land to you and that a great fear of you has fallen on [...]
March 18, 2017: SOAP #2662 Joshua 1-2; Psalm 37; 1Corinthians 3
Scripture: Joshua (NIV) 2:8 Before the spies lay down for the night, she went up on the roof 9 and said to them, “I know that the LORD has given this land to you and that a great fear of you has fallen on us, so that all who live in this country are melting in fear because of you.
10 We have heard how the LORD dried up the water of the Red Sea for you when you came out of Egypt, and what you did to Sihon and Og, the two kings of the Amorites east of the Jordan, whom you completely destroyed. 11 When we heard of it, our hearts sank and everyone's courage failed because of you, for the LORD your God is God in heaven above and on the earth below.
Observation: What a revelation. Forty years before this time, Israel had been too afraid of the Canaanites to follow God's command, so God led them in circles in the wilderness until that generation died off. This lady reveals that the Canaanites had been afraid of Israel since Israel left Egypt!!!
It was not really Israel that they feared; it was Israel's God! They feared Israel's God more than Israel feared Israel's God.
Application: The Bible has a lot to say about fearing God. The more I know about God, the more reason I have to fear Him and the more I grow to appreciate His great love for me.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, there is no way I could ever attain to Your holy standard. But You wanted me close to You. So, in Your great love, you provided Your Son to be the sacrifice for my sin. And You put Your Holy Spirit in side of me to help me live a life that pleases You! You are amazing! Amen
Making friends for time and eternity!