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Joshua 2:1-7

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The Spies Sent to Jericho and Rahab Protects Them

Joshua 2:1-7

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Lesson Number 3

Background Notes

Doctrinal Point(s)

  1. Believers should be aware of satanic strongholds.
  2. Believers should be aware of satanic strategy.

Practical Application

  1. Remember, God has His Rahabs out there to protect us.

Questions

  1. What are these spies, children of Israel, God's people doing in the house of a prostitute?
  2. What about Rahab's lie? Does the Bible teach that lying is acceptable in some cases?
  3. Where was Rahab's house located? What is the significance of this location?
  4. Why was the conquest of Jericho necessary?
  5. What is a satanic stronghold blocking spiritual blessings today?
  6. What is Satan's strategy today?

Answers

  1. They went to Rahab's house because many would be coming and going and they would not be noticed as readily. It was also a good place to glean information about the city.
  2. The Bible does not teach that it is right to lie. In biblical interpretation, we must distinguish between what did happen and what should happen.
  3. In the city wall. It was the ideal place to allow for her escape.
  4. Jericho was a stronghold of the enemy, blocking the entrance into the central part of the land that God had given His people.
  5. Materialism is perhaps one of the greatest strongholds blocking the entrance into spiritual blessings.
  6. To keep believers out of the land of spiritual blessings.

Discuss/Consider

  1. God wanted His people in the Old Testament to enjoy the promised land, and He wants His people today to enjoy the spiritual blessings He has given them in Christ. The children of Israel were to check out Jericho for its strengths and weaknesses, and believers today should be aware of satanic strongholds. What is keeping you from victory? What hinders you from fully enjoying your spiritual blessings? See 2 Corinthians 10:4 to help you pull down strongholds.
  2. Satan is not ignorant of the works of God, and he uses strategy to keep believers out of the land of spiritual blessings. God, on the other hand, protects us, fights for us and enables us to be aware of Satan's strategy. How aware are you of Satan's strategies in your life? Keep your focus on Christ.

Challenge

  1. God has His Rahabs to protect us. Sometimes the most unlikely person will come to our rescue. Can you give an example of this from your life? We don't have to run scared or be afraid of Satan.

Key Verses

  • "Joshua sent out two spies saying, 'Go, view the land, especially Jericho.' They came to the house of a harlot named Rahab, and lodged there." (Joshua 2:1)
  • "Rahab hid the two men." (Joshua 2:4)

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