Our teaching will be from Joshua 2.1-24.
AND THE TITLE OF OUR MESSAGE IS, GOD BLESSES THEM WHO BLESS THE JEWISH PEOPLE AND ISRAEL. THAT IS A GIFT FROM GOD. AND GOD CURSES THEM WHO CURSE THE JEWISH PEOPLE AND ISRAEL. THAT IS A JUDGMENT FROM GOD.
And with that said, let’s read Joshua 2.1-24.
Earlier, GOD had spoken to Joshua and said to him, Moses My servant is dead. Now therefore arise and go over this Jordan, you and all this People to the land that I give to them, to The Children of Israel. JOSHUA 1.2
LET’S SUMMARIZE WHAT WE JUST READ IN JOSHUA 2.1-24
Joshua sent out two men to secretly spy out Jericho. Jericho was in the land of Canaan. Jericho is now in The Land of Israel. And they went and came into a harlot’s house named Rahab, and they rested there.
Now there are two Rahabs mentioned in The Bible. This Rahab in Jericho who was a harlot, and another Rahab that is a name for Egypt.
And both Rahabs have the same Hebrew name, Rah’khav.
To clear up what might be a confusion with the Rahabs, let’s look at two Scriptures about the other Rahab meaning Egypt.
HEBREW BIBLE PSALM 89.11, CHRISTIAN BIBLE PSALM 89.10 GOD has broken Rahab, in pieces, that is Egypt. GOD has scattered His enemies with His Strong Arm.
Rahab the harlot was not an enemy of Israel, but one who Blessed Israel. She was an enemy of GOD being a harlot, but she cleared things up for herself with GOD when she Blessed The Jewish People and Israel, and had Faith in The GOD of Israel.
So things changed for the good when Rahab became a Blessing to The Jewish People and Israel when she assisted them in Jericho.
ISAIAH 51.9, GENESIS 12.3, HEBREWS 11.31
So the spies went into the harlot Rahab’s house and rested there.
And it was told the King of Jericho about The Jewish spies who came to Jericho to spy out the land. But Rahab took the two spies and hid them.
And she said to the king’s men, Some men came to me but I didn’t know where they came from. And when it was dark, the men left. Where they went, I don’t know. Pursue after them quickly and you will overtake them, she said to the king’s men.
But Rahab had brought the spies up to the roof and hid them in stalks of flax that are long stem plants to make yarn and string.
So all the kings men pursued after The Jewish spies to the Jordan River.
And Rahab went up to the roof. The roofs are flat in the Middle East, at least most of them are, and the roof of Rahab’s house had to be flat because The Jewish spies were comfortable up there.
And Rahab said to the men, I know that The LORD has given you The Land, and that your terror has fallen upon us, and all the people of the land faint because of you.
We have heard how The LORD dried up the water of the Red Sea for you when you came out of Egypt, and what you did to the two kings of the Amorites that were on the other side of the Jordan River, Sihon and Og whom you utterly destroyed.
And as soon as we heard these things our hearts melted. And there was no courage in any man because of you. For The LORD Your GOD, He is GOD in Heaven above, and in earth beneath.
Now please, swear to me by The LORD since I have shown you kindness that you will also show kindness to my father’s house, and give me a true sign. And that you will save alive my father and my mother and my brothers and my sisters and all that they have and deliver our lives from death.
And the men answered her, Our life for yours if you tell no one about our mission. And when The LORD has given us this land, we will deal kindly and truly with you.
Then she let the men down by a rope through the window, for her house was on the town wall, and she lived on the actual wall.
And she said to them, Go to the mountain, lest the pursuers violently meet you. And hide yourselves there for three days until the pursuers return, and then go and do what you must do.
And the men said, We will be released from your oath which you made us swear unless when we come into the land that you tie this cord of scarlet line in the window, the one that you let us down from, and you bring your father, and your mother, and your brothers, and all your father’s household home to you in your house.
And anyone who ventures outside the doors of your house into the street, their blood shall be upon their head, and we will be innocent. But if a hand is laid on anyone who remains in your house with you, their blood shall be on our heads.
And if you say anything of our mission, then we are released from your oath which you made us swear. And she said, As you have said, so be it. And she sent them away, and they left, and she tied the scarlet line in the window.
And the spies went to the mountain and stayed there three days until the pursuers returned. And the pursuers searched for the spies but could not find them.
So the two men went down the mountain, crossed the Jordan, and returned and came to Joshua, and told them everything that happened to them.
And they said to Joshua, Truly The LORD has delivered all the land into our hands because all the people of the land faint because of us.
I don’t think we have ever done a teaching of GOD Blessing those who Bless The Jewish People and Israel, and GOD Cursing those who Curse The Jewish People and Israel. And that’s what our message will be about today.
GOD BLESSED RAHAB FOR BLESSING THE JEWISH PEOPLE AND ISRAEL.
Rahab married a Jewish man from the tribe of Judah because she is in the lineage of Messiah Yeshua. Which means she is also in the lineage of King David. MATTHEW 1.1-6, 18-21
MATTHEW 1.5-6 As I read this genealogy, Rahab married Salmon a Jewish man from the tribe of Judah. And Rahab gave birth to Boaz. And Boaz whose wife was Ruth gave birth to Obed. And the wife of Obed gave birth to Jesse the father of King David. RUTH 4.18-22
And many years later from this same lineage, Miriam, a nice Jewish girl whom Christianity calls Mary, was engaged to Joseph, a Jewish man from the Tribe of Judah. And Miriam, a virgin, gave birth to The Jewish Messiah Yeshua. After the birth of Messiah, Miriam and Joseph married.
BUT MESSIAH’S FATHER IS NOT JOSEPH. MESSIAH’S FATHER IS GOD ALMIGHTY. AND LISTEN TO THIS, MESSIAH YESHUA IS GOD ALMIGHTY.
THERE IS ONLY ONE GOD.
HEBREW BIBLE ISAIAH 9.5, CHRISTIAN BIBLE ISAIAH 9.6, JOHN 12.44-45, JOHN 14.9
GOD ALMIGHTY MIRACULOUSLY CAUSED THE JEWISH VIRGIN MIRIAM TO BECOME PREGNANT AND GIVE BIRTH TO A SON, MESSIAH YESHUA, WHO IS GOD ALMIGHTY THE FATHER. ISAIAH 7.14
IS ANYTHING TOO HARD FOR THE LORD? NO. GENESIS 18.14
SO GOD IN HIS GREATNESS BLESSED RAHAB FOR BLESSING THE JEWISH PEOPLE AND ISRAEL. SHE IS IN THE LINEAGE OF KING DAVID, AND THE MESSIAH YESHUA.
MATTHEW 25.31-46 IS END TIMES TEACHING THAT GOD BLESSES THOSE WHO BLESS THE JEWISH PEOPLE WITH ETERNAL LIFE IN HEAVEN, AND CURSES THOSE WHO CURSE THE JEWISH PEOPLE BY SENDING THEM INTO EVERLASTING FIRE PREPARED FOR THE DEVIL AND HIS ANGELS.
MATTHEW 25.31 When The Son of Man, Who is Messiah Yeshua, shall come in His Glory, and all His Holy Angels with Him, then shall He sit upon The Throne of His Glory.
32/ And before Him shall be gathered all the nations (All The Gentiles). And He shall separate them one from another as a shepherd divides his sheep.
33/ And He shall set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left.
34/ Then shall the King say to them on His right hand, Come you Blessed of My Father, inherit The Kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. (The Kingdom is Heaven.)
35/ For I was hungry and you gave Me meat to eat. I was thirsty and you gave Me water to drink. I was a stranger and you took me in.
36/ Naked and you clothed Me. I was sick and you visited Me. I was in prison and you came to Me.
37/ Then shall the Righteous (The Righteous do what GOD says. They Bless GOD’S Jewish People) Then shall The Righteous answer Him, saying, LORD, when did we see You hungry and fed you, and thirsty and gave you water to drink?
38/ When did we see You a stranger and took You in? Or naked and clothed You?
39/ Or when did we see You sick, or in prison and came to You?
40/ And The King shall answer and say to them, Verily I say to you, In as much as you have done it to one of the least of these My Brethren, you have done it to Me.
MESSIAH YESHUA, JESUS CHRIST, IS SAYING, WHEN YOU BLESS MY BRETHREN, YOU BLESS ME.
JESUS IS JEWISH. THE JEWISH PEOPLE ARE HIS BRETHREN.
MATTHEW 1.1 ff, EXODUS 4.22, GENESIS 12.3
41/ Then shall He say to them on His left hand, Depart from Me you cursed into everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels. (That is hell).
42/ For I was hungry and you gave Me no meat to eat. I was thirsty and you gave Me no water to drink.
43/ I was a stranger and you did not take Me in, naked and you did not clothe Me, sick and in prison and you did not visit Me.
44/ Then shall they also answer Him, saying, LORD, When did we see You hungry, or thirsty, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister to You?
45/ And He shall answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, In as much as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.
46/ And these shall go away into everlasting punishment, but The Righteous into Life Eternal.
GOD IS WARNING THOSE WHO HATE JEWISH PEOPLE AND ISRAEL.
BUT GOD BLESSES THOSE WHO BLESS HIS JEWISH PEOPLE.
IT IS SAID THAT THE NEW TESTAMENT HAS REPLACED THE OLD TESTAMENT. WELL, THAT’S A LIE. THE OLD TESTAMENT AND THE NEW TESTAMENT ARE ONE AND THE SAME BIBLE, JUST AS GOD THE FATHER AND MESSIAH YESHUA ARE ONE AND THE SAME GOD.
THE ONLY DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE OLD TESTAMENT AND THE NEW TESTAMENT IS THAT MESSIAH YESHUA MAKES ATONEMENT FOR OUR SOUL, REPLACING THE ANIMAL SACRIFICE. AND THAT IS PROPHESIED IN THE OLD TESTAMENT. ISAIAH 53.10
WITHOUT THE TEMPLE IN JERUSALEM, MESSIAH YESHUA, BY HIS DEATH AND SHED BLOOD AS A HUMAN BEING, IS OUR ATONEMENT THAT REPLACES THE ANIMAL SACRIFICE. BECAUSE GOD FORBIDS THE ANIMAL SACRIFICE WHILE THERE IS NO TEMPLE IN JERUSALEM.
LEVITICUS 17.8, 9, 11
WHEN THE TEMPLE IS REBUILT IN JERUSALEM, THE ANIMAL SACRIFICE WILL AGAIN BECOME THE WAY TO MAKE ATONEMENT. ZECHARIAH 14.21
THE NEW TESTAMENT TEACHES THAT THE LAW OF MOSES IS FOR ALL MANKIND, AND MUST BE OBEYED. TEACHING THAT THE LAW IS ABOLISHED IS BLASHPHEMOUS, ANTI GOD, AND A SALVATION KILLER.
GENESIS 12.3, MATTHEW 25.31-46, DEUTERONOMY 8.3, MATTHEW 4.4, LUKE 4.4
BLESSING THE JEWISH PEOPLE AND ISRAEL RESULTS IN ETERNAL LIFE IN HEAVEN.
Continuing with Biblical Teaching that GOD Blesses those who Bless The Jewish People and Israel, and curses those who curse The Jewish People and Israel, GOD Blessed Rahab, a Gentile woman for protecting the two Jewish spies sent to Jericho to spy out her land Jericho.
I can’t think of a whole lot of Gentiles in The Bible who blessed The Jewish People and Israel.
But Egypt and Syria come to mind. ISAIAH 19.24-25
GOD will Bless Egypt and Assyria in the end days. Egypt, because Pharaoh, King of Egypt, appointed Joseph the son of Jacob to become Governor of Egypt under Pharaoh. And Pharaoh allowed The Jewish People, 70 in all, to move down to Egypt to escape the famine in Canaan. There The Jewish People became a great nation. And after 400 years of slavery, Israel was set free by GOD and went on to conquer Canaan that became The Land of Israel. For that GOD will bless Egypt in the end days and during The 1,000 year Messianic Kingdom in Israel.
And Assyria, because Abraham, the father of The Jewish People was born in Ur of the Chaldees in Assyria. And he and his family moved from Ur of the Chaldees to Canaan that became The Promised Land for The Jewish People, and called The Land of Israel.
LET’S READ ISAIAH 19.19-25. GOD HAS A LONG MEMORY.
BUT GOD CURSES THOSE WHO CURSE THE JEWISH PEOPLE AND ISRAEL. AND THERE ARE QUITE A FEW OF THOSE PEOPLE.
The Amalekites are no longer a people or a nation. They are dead and gone. That is a judgment from GOD because they fought The Children of Israel when The Jewish People came out of Egypt. EXODUS 17.8-16
The kings of the Amorites, Sihon and Og would not allow The Children of Israel to cross peacefully through their land on their way to The Promised Land, and the Amorites came out to battle The Jewish People. But The Jewish People killed the Amorites and their kings, Sihon and Og and took their land. The Amorites are no longer a people, and Ammon is no longer a nation. That is a judgment from GOD. Their land became part of Israel. NUMBERS 21.21-35
The Midianites and Balaam are no longer a people, and Midian is no longer a nation. That is a judgment from GOD because the Midianites and Balaam caused The Jewish People to sin against GOD with their idols.
Midian was a son of Abraham. Midian was Jewish.
GENESIS 25.1-2, NUMBERS 31.1-18
Many people in the United States, and Europe, and throughout the world are in danger of hell fire and curses from GOD because so many people hate The Jewish People and Israel for no reason.
Many say that the Jews occupy Israel, or The West Bank. They know that’s a lie because Israel, that includes The West Bank, has been Jewish Land for 3,400 years. The anti-Semites visit hatred upon The Jewish people for no reason, but GOD will visit the Jew haters with everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels because of their hatred of Jewish People and Israel. And that results in eternity in hell.
But there are many people who stand with the Jewish People, even during this time when Israel is considering annexing Land in The West Bank where Jewish settlements are.
Recently, a number of People signed a letter endorsing Israel’s plan to extend sovereignty over parts of The West Bank where Jewish Settlements stand. They are Lawmakers from Slovenia, Wales, Finland, Italy, Romania, The Netherlands, Zambia, Malawi, Ghana, South Africa, Nigeria, Madagascar, Kenya, Argentina, Columbia, Suriname, Mexico, The Dominican Republic, and Guatemala.
AND I SAY TO YOU WHO SUPPORT THE JEWISH PEOPLE AND ISRAEL, THE LORD BLESS YOU AND KEEP YOU, THE LORD MAKE HIS FACE SHINE UPON YOU, AND BE GRACIOUS TO YOU, THE LORD LIFT UP HIS COUNTENANCE UPON YOU, AND GIVE YOU PEACE. NUMBERS 6.22-27