as I am reading Joshua again, just enticed by this story of courage and faith,
I am stuck.
"I know the Eternal has given your people this land."
how did she know?
how did this unsaved (?) prostitute know?
do you know?
know, is a verb meaning; to know, to learn, to perceive, to discern, to experience, to confess, to consider, to know relationally and to know how, to know experientially
Rahab knew experientially and relationally, perceived, discerned, confessed and experienced God and that God had given them this land. She knew, she perceived.
"we have heard how the eternal held back the Red Sea so you could escape from Egypt on dry land and how you completely destroyed the Amorite kings. because I know all the things..."
how did she hear?
how did she hear and believe ?
how did they hear?
word of mouth travels fast !
Romans 10 tells us that some will hear the good news and refuse to submit to the truth they hear. so faith proceeds from hearing, hearing the word of God. how can they believe in Him when they have not heard? how can the hear if no one is proclaiming Him?
Rahab heard. and believed.
God heal our hearing
heal our hearing and believing
the word heard means: to hear intelligently with obedience implied, attentively, to hear, to obey, to respond to , the connotation of obedience in certain texts.
so Rahab heard intelligently with obedience, attentively responding to what she heard.
so Rahab KNEW by hearing, experientially and relationally, perceived, discerned, confessed and experienced God and that God had given them this land.
she experienced what she heard. and believed what she heard. and obeyed what she heard.
kinda makes you think a little doesn't it.
what are we saying about God for others to hear?
are my words that are being heard, causing people to know? to believe?
Rahab heard the testimony and believed.
"as soon as news reached us, our hearts melted like way and non of us had an ounce of courage left. Your God is truly God"
She experienced the testimony. she heard it and experienced and let her heart believe without seeing
How far we have come that we hear and want proof and then maybe we will believe
is this why we do not experience the manifest presence of God?
is this way relationally we are far from you?
is this why we can't see the 'cord' of freedom from our walls ?
we have heard, but don't really believe. our hearts have not melted like wax just by the spoken word from you, of you.
I want to knew.
I want to know.