02 May: The Prostitute or The Heroine

Whatever comes our way in this journey through Life on Planet Earth, we must always remember that what we’re looking at or experiencing, is never the full picture; and the saying “Never judge a book by its cover”, could not be any truer than in the story from today’s chapter…

READ JOSHUA 2  Make notes, if you’d like, of what stands out for you. Feel free to use the “Leave a Comment” box below to also write some of your thoughts.


It’s easier to judge than it is to understand. The problem is, our judgement is impaired by our lack of understanding! Seeing a homeless person asleep on the street, for example, can cause us to think that they are there because of their own fault. But this was how people processed misfortune in the 1st Century AD[a] and little seems to have changed since. Humans look at the outward appearance but the Creator God continues to look at the heart.[b]

What we don’t know from today’s chapter, is the story behind the story – one that I could title: The Prostitute or The Heroine. It’s a story of fear and secret prayer to this unknown God who had brought down the ancient civilization of Egypt. [v8-13]  Josh2Yet this is the untold story of the God who had knitted Rahab together in her mother’s womb[c], designing her in His own image[d], then “coincidentally” brought two spies right to her door that day. The fact that she later became the great-grandmother of King David (the greatest of all Israel’s kings) is too prefect to be random.[e] It’s the story of a divine appointment that brought about mutual salvation in answer to her prayer. Read More? …CLICK on “02 May – Additional Notes”

But what about your thoughts – can you tell me what today’s “breadcrumb” is? Leave a note in the “Comments” box below to tell me what you think of today’s chapter.

Wanting to connect with the One who is writing our stories? The rest of this webpage uses Jesus’ own prayer to help…[f]


   1.   Praise: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your Name. Your Kingdom come! Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven …”

Wealth and honour come from You, Lord, because You’re the ruler of all things. In Your hands are strength and power to raise up and give strength to ALL. [1 Chronicles 29:12]

   2.   Ask: “…Give us today our daily bread…”

  • The World: God’s Grace for Côte d’Ivoire[g]
  • Your Country: Victims of the Sex Trade
  • Yourself: Love for those in trouble
  • Your concerns for today
My soul is in deep anguish. How long, Lord, how long? [Psalm 6:3]

   3.   Admit: “…Forgive us our sin as we forgive those who sin against us…”

Just like Your people in the past, Father God, I too want to separate myself from what’s foreign to You. I want to stand in my place and confess my sin and the sins of my ancestors. I want to stand where I am and read from Your Book of the Law. In confession, I want to worship You, Lord my God. [Nehemiah 9:2-3]

   4.   Protect: “…Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.”

Now as a child of God, what I’ll be has not yet been made known. But that’s okay, Lord, because when Christ appears, I’ll be like Him, for I’ll see Him as He is. [1 John 3:2]

 “For Yours Lord is the Kingdom, the Power and the Glory now and forever. Amen!”

When Jesus was questioned, tested, tricked or in His hour of great need, He always spoke things that were previously written in God’s Word.[h] Following these memory verses from ten topics, will help you learn 52 verses from the bible in a year!  THIS WEEK’S MEMORY VERSE: An Assured Future

“Whoever has the Son has LIFE; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.” [1 John 5:12]

[a] John 9:1-3

[b] 1 Samuel 16:7

[c] Psalm 139:13

[d] Genesis 1:26

[e] Matthew 1:5-6

[f] Matthew 6:5-15

[g] http://www.operationworld.org/node/158

[h] Matthew 4:4,6,7,10; 11:10; 21:13; and 26:24,31

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