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Jim Henry, Pastor
First Baptist Church
3701 L. B. McLeod Road
Orlando, Florida 32805-6691
"TOUGH FAITH FOR TOUGH TIMES"
"RAHAB--FAITH WORKING THROUGH
THE AVERAGE AND THE DIFFICULT"
Hebrews 11:31; Joshua 2
By faith the prostitute Rahab, because she
welcomed the spies, was not killed with those who
Then Joshua son of Nun secretly sent two spies
from Shittim. "Go, look over the land," he said,
"especially Jericho." So they went and entered the
house of a prostitute named Rahab and stayed there.
Elie Cohn is perhaps the greatest Israeli spy who ever lived. He
was able to infiltrate the Syrian government, becoming friends with
those in the highest echelons of both government and military, gaining
access to vital military secrets.
He even toured all of their military installations, including
those on the Golan Heights, on the Syrian/Israeli border overlooking
Israel. He made mental notes of where things were, the defense plans,
the attack plans, and the location of armaments and fortifications and
then returned to Damascus and relayed the information back to Israel
with a hidden transmitter. This made it possible for Israel, on June
6, 1967, to record one of the greatest military victories in history.
Cohn was later caught and executed, but he had literally saved the
nation of Israel.
Spying for Israel is not new. It is as current as today, and as
ancient as Joshua. In this particular passage Joshua has sent two
spies into the promised land. They are to scout it out and bring back
a report. Joshua, hav-ing been-e a spy years before, k-new the importance
of proper information in order to get the Jolb done and to-he-lp them in
their passage out of slavery, out of the wilderness and into the
In this encounter these spies go to the house of a prostitute, in
what we used to call the "red light district." Most cities had one,
and I think "red light" is a good title, because it means NO, o ...
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