There is power in a testimony. It is a source of wisdom and warning, reproof and confirmation. A landmark in time, heralding stories of triumph from the belly of defeat. The testimonies of God should never be forgotten. This is our past, this is our present, this is our future.
“If thy children will keep my covenant and my testimony that I shall teach them, their children shall also sit upon thy throne for evermore.”
God will be with us
Joshua had a unique spirit upon him. Where many rebelled against Moses, Joshua often stood up for his shepherd. Where some held doubts about the most high God, Joshua simply believed. As Moses transitioned, the law had now passed from the master to the student. Once a mediator, he was now the head. Every where his feet would tread upon was his for the most high God was with him.
“Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.”
Joshua was given few but vital instructions for his journey into that which God had promised. He was told to be courageous and keep the law of God within his heart and his mind. With this, he proceeded to send out two messengers into enemy territory.
“But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.”
Chance at redemption
Jericho was now under threat from JEHOVAH. How did those within the land respond? There lived a harlot named Rahab that was sent out by her king, to seek out the two messengers of Joshua. I found her response to be noteworthy. She heard of the testimony of Joshua and the Hebrews and great fear fell upon her. This fear then gave her the wisdom to seek out the Most High for her salvation.
“I have more understanding than all my teachers: for thy testimonies are my meditation.”
When we receive the word of God, there should be a level of reverent fear towards him. A fear that tells us we need God. A fear that tells us we are either with him or we are destined to fall before him. Receiving his testimony gives us discernment. Rahab lived amongst a people that were enemies to God but her treatment of his messengers granted mercy to her and her household. Her salvation was secured under one condition. Rahab and her family had to stay in the house otherwise they were in breach of contract.
“And if thou utter this our business, then we will be quit of thine oath which thou hast made us to swear.”
If those whom Joshua sent were to perish because of Rahab, there would be no salvation for her to receive. God gave us his word and sent forth his spirit for the salvation of our souls. We must abide within his house and strive to keep our vow.
“For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins”
Rahab became a partaker of the salvation of God by faith. She hid the messengers of God as we are asked to hide the word of God within our hearts. Rahab had a choice to make though. She was sent by a false witness to find those that were true. Would she choose her former king or the King of Kings? Rahab chose wisely.
“But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear”
1 Peter 3:15
Rahab chose to follow the man that God would go on to magnify. Joshua lead those who held the law through the deep river Jordan by a mighty miracle. After this, he would circumcise those in the camp as there were some who were born in the wilderness. Joshua kept the testimonies of Moses and all the faithful before him as God declared the reproach of his people now removed.
“Remove from me reproach and contempt; for I have kept thy testimonies.
Leading by example
Receive the testimony. Reclaim the truth. Redeem the time. There are blessings in abundance to all who receive God's word in spirit and in truth. The first of these is the aid of the heavens to lead our charge.
“The angel of the LORD encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them.”
With God at the helm, we can now move to utterly demolish the strong walls of resistance the enemy has set up against us. Reclaim the promises of God. Be of good courage and keep God in mind always. May you be blessed when you come in and blessed when you go out.
“He that hath received his testimony hath set to his seal that God is true.”