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The two spies sent to Jericho are preserved by Rahab. 1 And Joshua the son of Nun Lord dried up the water of the sent out of Shittim two men to Red sea for you, when ye came spy secretly, saying, Go view the out of Egypt; and what ye did land, evenJericho. And theywent, unto the two kings of the Amorand came into an harlot's house, ites, that were on the other side named Rahab, and lodged there. Jordan, Sihon and Og, whom 2 And it was told the king of ye utterly destroyed. Jericho, saying, Behold, there 11 And as soon as we had came men in hither to night of heard these things, our hearts did the children of Israel to search melt, neither did there remain out the country.
any more courage in any man, 3 And the king of Jericho sent because of you : for the LORD unto Rahab, saying, Bring forth your God, he is God in heaven the men that are come to thee, above, and in earth beneath. which are entered into thine 12 Now therefore, I pray you, house : for they be come to swear unto me by the Lord, search out all the country:
since I have shewed you kind4 And the woman took the two ness, that ye will also shew kindmen, and hid them, and said ness unto my father's house, and thus, There came men unto me, give me a true token: but I wist not whence they were: 13 And that ye will save alive
5 And it came to pass about my father, and my mother, and the time of shutting of the gate, my brethren, and my sisters, and when it was dark, that the men all that they have, and deliver went out: whither the men wentI our lives from death. wot not: pursue after them quick- 14 And the men answered her, ly; for ye shall overtake them. Our life for your's, if ye utter not
6 But she had brought them this our business. And it shall up to the roof of the house, and be, when the Lord hath given hid them with the stalks of flax, us the land, that we will deal which she had laid in order upon kindly and truly with thee. the roof.
15 Then she let them down by 7 And the men pursued after a cord through the window: for them the way to Jordan unto the her house was upon the town fords: and as soon as they which wall, and she dwelt upon the wall. pursued after them were gone
16 And she said unto them, out, they shut the gate.
Get you to the mountain, lest 8 And before they were laid the pursuers meet you; and hide down, she came up unto them yourselves there three days, unof scarlet thread in the window she sent them away, and they which thou didst let us down by: departed: and she bound the and thou shalt bring thy father, scarlet line in the window. and thy mother, and thy bre- 22 And they went, and came thren, and all thy father's hous- unto the mountain, and abode hold, home unto thee.
til the pursuers be returned : and 9 And she said unto the men, afterward may ye go your way. I know that the Lord hath given 17 And the men said unto her, you the land, and that your ter- We will be blameless of this thine ror is fallen upon us, and that all oath which thou hast made us the inhabitants of the land faint swear. because of you.
18 Behold, when we come into 10 For we have heard how the the land, thou shalt bind this line
upon the roof;
there three days, until the pur19 And it shall be, that who- suers were returned: and the soever shall go out of the doors pursuers sought them throughof thy house into the street, his out all the way, but found them blood shall be upon his head, and not. we will be guiltless : and who- 23 So the two men returned, soever shall be with thee in the and descended from the mounhouse, his blood shall be on our tain, and passed over, and came head, if any hand be upon him. to Joshua the son of Nun, and told
20 And if thou utter this our him all things that befel them : business, then we will be quit of 24 And they said unto Joshua, thine oath which thou hast made Truly the Lord hath delivered us to swear.
into our hands all the land; for 21 And she said, According even all the inhabitants of the unto your words, so be it. And country do faint because of us.
LECTURE 367. That no mere human example is perfect. The faith of the harlot Rahab is commended in the Epistle to the Hebrews, 11. 31, and in the Epistle General of St. James, 2. 25. She acted upon the conviction thus expressed to the spies, “The Lord your God, he is God in heaven above, and in earth beneath.” Her faith wrought by works. Whereas the rest of the people, and their king, acted in opposition to the truths which they had heard, acted as if they thought they could succeed in resisting the will of the Lord. In taking then the faith of Rahab for our pattern, we are not concerned to defend or justify the whole course of her conduct. We need not be surprised to find, or unwilling to admit, that her past life had been spent in profligacy, and that her present right conduct was mingled with deceitfulness. We have only one perfect pattern set before us, the example of our Saviour and our God. And when we are to be instructed by the attainments and graces of our frail fellow creatures, we must be content to learn from each a part only of our duty; and we must expect to see in each something, if not much, to be avoided. It was an eminent attainment in this Canaanitish woman to act at no small present risk, and in the hope of future safety, on the strength of what she had heard of God's declared will. Let us not be ashamed to learn this valuable lesson, of one who yet knew no better than to promote her object by a falsehood. For if we cannot condescend to be instructed in faith, by one who had so grievously transgressed in works, we have need to call to mind what our Lord declared to the haughty chief priests and elders: “ Verily I say unto you, that the publicans and the barlots go into the kingdom of God before you.” Matth. 21. 31.
The people pass over Jordan on dry land. 1 And Joshua rose early in the children of Israel, Come hither, morning; and they removed from and hear the words of the LORD Shittim, and came to Jordan, he your God. and all the children of Israel, 10 And Joshua said, Hereby and lodged there before they ye shall know that the living God passed over.
is among you, and that he will 2 And it came to pass after without fail drive out from before three days, that the officers went you the Canaanites, and the Hitthrough the host;
tites, and the Hivites, and the 3 And they commanded the Perizzites, and the Girgashites, people, saying, When ye see the and the Amorites, and the Jeark of the covenant of the LORD busites. your God, and the priests the 11 Behold, the ark of the coLevites bearing it, then ye shall venant of the Lord of all the remove from your place, and go earth passeth over before you after it.
into Jordan. 4 Yet there shall be a space
Now therefore take you between you and it, about two twelve men out of the tribes of thousand cubits by measure: Israel, out of every tribe come not near unto it, that yemay 13 And it shall come to pass, know the way by which ye must as soon as the soles of the feet of go: for ye have not passed this the priests that bear the ark of way heretofore.
the LORD, the LORD of all the 5 And Joshua said unto the earth, shall rest in the waters of people, Sanctify yourselves: for Jordan, that the waters of Jordan tomorrow the Lord will do shall be cut off from the waters wonders among you.
that come down from above; and 6 And Joshua spake unto the they shall stand upon an heap. priests, saying, Take up the ark 14 And it came to pass, when of the covenant, and pass over the people removed from their before the people. And they tents, to pass over Jordan, and took up the ark of the covenant, the priests bearing the ark of and went before the people. the covenant before the people;
7 And the LORD said unto 15 And as they that bare the Joshua, This day will I begin to ark were come unto Jordan, and magnify thee in the sight of all the feet of the priests that bare Israel, that they may know that, the ark were dipped in the brim as I was with Moses, so I will be of the water, (for Jordan overwith thee.
floweth all his banks all the time 8 And thou shalt command the of harvest,) priests that bear the ark of the 16 That the waters which came covenant, saying, When ye are down from above stood and rose come to the brink of the water of up upon an heap very far from Jordan, ye shall stand still in the city Adam, that is beside Jordan.
Zaretan: and those that came 9 And Joshua said unto the down toward the sea of the plain,
even the salt sea, failed, and were LORD stood firm on dry ground cut off: and the people passed in the midst of Jordan, and all over right against Jericho. the Israelites passed over on dry
17 And the priests that bare ground, until all the people were the ark of the covenant of the passed clean over Jordan.
LECTURE 368. Of glorifying God for the help of his grace. “ We have heard,” said Rahab to the spies, “ how the Lord dried up the water of the Red Sea for
ye came out of Egypt." Ch. 2. 10. And yet the men of Jericho doubtless thought to be protected by the waters of Jordan, at least as long as it was overflowing its banks. How great must have been their surprise and terror, to see the waters which came down from above stand and rise up upon an heap, whilst those which went down toward the sea failed and were cut off; so that the priests which bare the ark stood firm in the midst of Jordan, and all the Israelites passed over on dry ground ! But if this was a sight of terror to the Canaanites, how largely must it have confirmed the faith of the men of Israel in the loving kindness of the Lord! “ Hereby ye shall know,” said Joshua, “ that the living God is among you.' This was the use to which he would have them apply the miracle. “ And the Lord said unto Joshua, This day will I begin to magnify thee in the sight of all Israel, that they may know that as I was with Moses so I will be with thee.” God designs to magnify his servantJoshua. But he for his part desires to give all the glory to God. Joshua is herein a true type of Jesus; a type in his character, as well as in his name. For he teaches us, as Jesus has taught us more at large, both by his example, and by his commands, to make the glory, which God gives us by his grace, redound to the praise of Him who gives it. Has then God been pleased to magnify us? Has He wrought in us any measure of that
holiness which proves Him to have been with us, mighty to help? Has He enabled us to walk in safety through the waters of temptation, and to pass in defiance of our enemy any formidable barrier in our way to heaven? If so, though it be true that this is glorious to ourselves, though it be indeed the highest glory we can have on earth to grow in godliness and likeness unto God, still let us gladly cast our crowns, as we hope to do in heaven, before Him that sitteth upon the throne; see Rev. 4. 10; and let us say to them who are inclined to give the praise to us, Hereby ye may know that the living God has been our Helper, hereby ye may be encouraged to rely upon his help. God is able, God is willing, to deliver
you from your enemies. Put your trust in Him, and be assured by us, for we have found it to be true, that they which trust in Him shall never be confounded.
Twelve stones are pitched in Jordan, and at Gilgal. 1 And it came to pass, when place where they lodged, and all the people were clean passed said them down there. over Jordan, that the Lord spake 9 And Joshua set up twelve unto Joshua, saying,
stones in the midst of Jordan, in 2 Take you twelve men out of the the place where the feet of the people, out of every tribe a man, priests which bare the ark of the
3 And command ye them, say- covenant stood: and they are ing, Take
you hence out of the there unto this day. midst of Jordan, out of the place 10 For the priests which bare where the priests' feet stood firm, the ark stood in the midst of twelve stones, and ye shall carry Jordan, until every thing was them over with you, and leave finished that the LORD commandthem in the lodging place, where ed Joshua to speak unto the peoye shall lodge this night. ple, according to all that Moses
4 Then Joshua called the commanded Joshua: and the twelve men, whom he had pre- people hasted and passed over. pared of the children of Israel, 11 And it came to pass, when out of every tribe a man: all the people were clean passed
5 And Joshua said unto them, over, that the ark of the LORD Pass over before the ark of the passer over, and the priests, in LORD your God into the midst the presence of the people. of Jordan, and take you up every
12 And the children of Reuman of you a stone upon his ben, and the children of Gad, and shoulder, according unto the half the tribe of Manasseh, passed number of the tribes of the overarmed before the children of children of Israel:
Israel, as Moses spake unto them: 6 That this may be asignamong 13 About forty thousand preyou, that when your children ask pared for war passed over before their fathers in time to come, the Lord unto battle, to the saying, What mean ye by these plains of Jericho. stones?
14 On that day the Lord 7. Then ye shall answer them, magnified Joshua in the sight of That the waters of Jordan were all Israel; and they feared him, cut off before the ark of the co- as they feared Moses, all the venant of the LORD; when it days of his life. passed over Jordan, the waters of 15 And the LORD spake unto Jordan were cut off: and these Joshua, saying, stones shall be for a memorial un- 16 Command the priests that to the children of Israel for ever. bear theark of the testimony, that
8 And the children of Israel they come up out of Jordan. did so as Joshua commanded, and 17 Joshua therefore commandtook
up twelve stones out of the ed the priests, saying, Come ye midst of Jordan, as the Lord up out of Jordan. spake unto Joshua, according to 18 And it came to pass, when the number of the tribes of the the priests that bare the ark of children of Israel, and carried the covenant of the Lord were them over with them unto the come up out of the midst of Jor