Today we read how the Lord parts the waters so that the people of Israel can cross the Jordan on dry land, much like the miracle He did with Moses and the Red Sea, proving that the Lord is with the Israelites. The tribes set up stones as a memorial to the children of Israel forever and so “..that all the people of the earth may know the hand of the Lord, that it is mighty, that you may fear the Lord your God forever”. Afterwards the new generation of Israelites are circumcised, they keep the Passover (first one since they first came out of Egypt), the manna ceases, and they eat the food of the land of Canaan.
Joshua then receives from the Lord some unusual instructions regarding the battle of Jericho that involve marching around the city, blowing trumpets and shouting. Not your typical attack plan but the Lord is teaching His people that this battle is His, the Israelites can’t rely on their own abilities, and they must trust the Lord. Joshua orders that Rahab and anyone in her home be spared. He tells the Israelites to NOT take of the accursed things and to bring the silver, gold, bronze vessels and iron to the treasury of the Lord bc this is the Lord’s battle. Rahab’s family proves to share the same faith as Rahab as they chose to hide under her roof during the battle resulting in the salvation of Rahab and her family. Rahab, the former harlot, will go on to become the great great-grandma of King David and ultimately a distant great-grandma to Jesus. 🙌 Tomorrow we find out if someone took of the accursed things so keep reading.