And as soon as we had heard these things, our hearts did melt, neither did there remain any more courage in any man, because of you: for the LORD your God, he is God in heaven above, and in earth beneath. – Joshua 2:11
Joshua, now the leader of Israel following Moses’ death, sent two spies into the city of Jericho to recon the place and size up their forces. When the men entered the city, they stayed at the abode of a woman named Rahab. She was the town prostitute, or one thereof. She offered the men safe hiding from the city officials and army, and she exclaimed to the spies that everyone in Canaan had heard of God’s exploits among the Egyptians and Amorites. She admitted that even she knew that the LORD their God is God in heaven above and in the earth beneath.
How is that even a sinner (non-Hebrew before the time of Jesus) could perceive and know that God is the LORD in her day, but most people, including “Christians” don’t really know who their God is??? Rahab knew just from hearing of God’s exploits among Israel’s enemies that He is the LORD, the God of the universe. (Side note – This same Rahab is listed among the women in Jesus’ genealogy.)
The fear of the LORD spread throughout the land of Canaan simply because they heard about the great defeats of the Egyptian army and of the kings of the Amorites. God will be known by both His enemies and His people. His majesty preceded Him and proclaims His Lordship over all creation. If sinners can recognize and know the authority and power of the LORD, how much more so should we His children know this of Him?
Although we know through later NT accounts that Rahab would come to know God in a personal way, we too should come to know God in a personal way. God desires for us to come to Him and share our lives with Him as any parent does with their children. He wants to walk in the cool of the day with us and share His thoughts and plans with us, as He did with Adam in the Garden of Eden. However, we are generally too busy to spend time in prayer and study of the Word to know what is on the heart and mind of God.
Let Rahab’s respect and reverence and recognition of whom God is be a conviction and witness against us, the body of believers, for not doing likewise and more so. We, as His kids, should one in spirit, soul, and body with the Father and our Brother and Counselor. Jesus prayed for the apostles and us, those who would believe on Him through their testimony, that we would be one in Him as He is with the Father. The only way to be one with someone is to spend intimate times with that person. God wants to know us as intimately as a husband and wife know each other. Do you know your God the Father that well? He knows all there is to know about you. What do you really know about Him?
Father, I come to you in the power and authority of Your Son’s name, Jesus. I want to know you more and more each day. There is nothing more important to me than to know the thoughts and will of my Daddy! No one knows Your thoughts and will better than my Counselor, God the Holy Spirit. Spirit please guide me into all truth about Dad by teaching me in times of prayer and study of His Word. Tell me the intimate details He has for my life. Show me the intricate things Dad thinks about me, so that I may come to be ever closer to my Daddy. I draw near to You, Dad, that You may draw even closer to me! I look forward to spending time communing with You daily. Let’s take that time to the next level and spend more time together than we have before. I expect greater intimacy. Amen.