For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans
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Then she let them down by a rope through the window, for her house was built into the city wall, so that she lived in the wall.
And she said to them, “Go into the hills, or the pursuers will encounter you, and hide there three days until the pursuers have returned. Then afterward you may go your way.”
The men said to her, “We will be guiltless with respect to this oath of yours that you have made us swear.
Behold, when we come into the land, you shall tie this scarlet cord in the window through which you let us down, and you shall gather into your house your father and mother, your brothers, and all your father’s household.
Then if anyone goes out of the doors of your house into the street, his blood shall be on his own head, and we shall be guiltless. But if a hand is laid on anyone who is with you in the house, his blood shall be on our head.
But if you tell this business of ours, then we shall be guiltless with respect to your oath that you have made us swear.”
And she said, “According to your words, so be it.” Then she sent them away, and they departed. And she tied the scarlet cord in the window.
They departed and went into the hills and remained there three days until the pursuers returned, and the pursuers searched all along the way and found nothing.
Then the two men returned. They came down from the hills and passed over and came to Joshua the son of Nun, and they told him all that had happened to them.
And they said to Joshua, “Truly the LORD has given all the land into our hands. And also, all the inhabitants of the land melt away because of us.”
Whatever form the danger may take our God protects us and prepares a way out. He does this for His glory. This provision gave assurance to the people of God that He would give them the land. His name was glorified and feared in Jericho ahead of them. God goes before us and He wins the battle. We keep our eyes on Him alone and follow His lead. We don’t follow our own ideas. That would be like getting off the path He’s already laid out. We are overcomers as long as we stay behind Him not attempting to lead Him. We are able to go into our promised land, that place of abundant life given to us now as we depend upon Him and follow His lead.
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