Sunday, September 22, 2013

Crumbling Walls by Gail Purath

I love the story of Rahab. It has so many messages applicable to us today.

You know the story: 
  • Jericho was an evil, pagan city that refused to repent in spite of God's continuing rebukes and revelations.
  • Israeli spies went to check it out before destroying it. 
  • Rahab, a prostitute hid the spies and asked for mercy, telling them she believed their God was real. 
  • God miraculously caused the thick walls of Jericho to crumble so His people could conquer the city.
  • Rahab and her family were saved.

Historians tell us there were two walls surrounding Jericho, one twelve feet thick, one six feet thick. Houses like Rahab’s were built on sturdy planking that bridged a fifteen foot gap between those walls.

God told the Israelites to conquer Jericho in a unique way. They blew horns and marched around the city for six days. Then, on the seventh day, they shouted in unison and the walls collapsed. 

Imagine the sight as the walls tumbled into dust and rubble, with only one small section of the wall remaining intact—a single house with a scarlet cord dangling from the window. That had to be a "Wow" moment for all of them.  

And what a good picture it is of the contrast between the rock solid strength and safety of the Lord and the crumbling deceptions of the world.

Have you built any part of your life on crumbling values and false philosophies (Colossians 2:8). Don't fear ... God can help you rebuild on the solid Rock of Christ (Matthew 7:24-27). 

Would you like to read Rahab's story? It's in Joshua Chapters 2 and 6.
© copyright Gail Burton Purath, 2011

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