Right now as we are worshipping this morning, there is a great Rescue mission going on in
Stories and footage of Rescue attempts and successes make for good reading, make the News. Believe it or not, but the concept of Rescue figures in to the Life of Joshua & the
Last week, Joshua met a man outside of
And one of the tasks that God has for us is tearing down walls because we are surrounded by them.
We Are Surrounded by Walls—Joshua 6:1
Joshua and the Israelites were facing a great barrier. People were locked up inside and afraid to come out. But the walls of
You see the first wall built by Adam & Eve- the wall and barrier that they put up was not a physical one, it was not a stone wall, but a spiritual one. You can see it in the way they hid themselves from each other and from God—Genesis 3:7-9—
It set up a barrier between each other to the point they covered themselves, to where just a few moments later, they were blaming each other for their problems.
God had put them together, given them to each other and their sin had put up a wall between them—a wall that would make life difficult for every marriage ever since.
This kind of wall creates distrust, creates blame, creates fear, creates abuse, creates manipulation, creates divorce,
But the greatest wall that was put up—was between them and God. Suddenly their Creator, who made the Garden for them, who loved them, gave them the responsibility to represent Him on this earth—suddenly God’s very presence sent them running for cover.
There was a barrier between them and God that was not supposed to be there. And as a result—we are afraid—as a result of this wall there is death, idolatry, murder, envy, war, lying—everything conceivably wrong in this world is the direct result of this wall.
The Great Wall is not in
Sin Builds the Wall—Unbelief strengthens it. Resistance to the Gospel and the Love of God thickens it.
Indifference, apathy, idolatry, selfishness, greed among many others are Bricks that make the Wall even taller.
Now let me ask you—how many walls are around you? More than you thought. Do you have a wall in your life? A part of you that you don’t want to give over to God? Are there walls that have been built up here in
As Individuals, as a Community—there are plenty of walls right here in
They keep us isolated, they keep us distant from each other—emotionally, spiritually, they keep us afraid and alone. These walls that we build up brick by brick are prisons.
Let me ask you—is God content to let these walls stand? Is God content to let us remain imprisoned, walled up behind a prison of our own making?
NO! He is not content..
God Wants to Tear Down Walls
God’s desire is that all the walls that separate us from Him, all the walls that separate us from each other—all the sin that causes pain, distance, and isolation be torn down.
His desire is to Rescue us from behind the Walls of Sin and from the Kingdom of Darkness.
God has proven His desire to rescue throughout the Bible—He rescued His people from bondage in
Most of all, He demonstrated it by Invading the Earth in the Person of Jesus in order to make a way to demolish the stronghold of sin and death. He is all about RESCUE and tearing down the wall that separates us. Colossians 1:13-14-- For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.”
Part of the Vision and role of the People of God is to Tear Down Walls—
READ 6:3-5--“The walls of the city will collapse”—vs. 5
The walls will collapse—so the people of Israel can begin the conquest of the Promised Land—so they can get a foothold, even so they could be instruments of judgment in the hands of God for a people that for the 400 years Israel had been slaves in Egypt they had rejected God reaching out to them and that their sin had now reached full measure (Genesis 15:16).
But I want you to consider that something even more was going on in the tearing down of
Back in ch. 5:13-14—Joshua met the Commander of the Army of the Lord—He was already looking over the city, His sword was drawn and He was ready for
There was something unique hanging on that wall that would have drawn attention. Walking around that wall, Joshua, the people, and this appearance of Jesus would have seen the scarlet signal hanging from one of the windows.
Joshua 2:14-15, 17-18
Standing there, seeing that Red Cord hanging in the window—part of the deal that Rahab negotiated for saving the life of the spies—Jesus—the Alpha and Omega would know—inside that window—was one of His own— who became a part of the nation of Israel—who married an Israelite man named Salmon of the tribe of Judah and who had a descendant named Boaz who then married Ruth.
Rahab became the Great-Great Grandmother of King David. Which makes Rahab one of Jesus’ own distant relations who’s name is listed in Matthew 1:5
What you and I don’t realize is that behind these walls that are all around us is someone that God loves and wants to bring into His Kingdom. Even though they may be surrounded by depravity—God wants to rescue them.
Rare Treasures Live Behind the Walls—22-25—Rahab was a rare treasure in God’s eyes. Rahab needed rescued from behind a great wall that was between her and the people of God.
God was not just interested in the bringing down of the walls of a city, He was interested in what was behind the walls. He was not just interested in getting the people started on their road to conquest. He was deliberately in pursuit of Rahab. He was fighting for her. This woman was a part of His plan. And God was willing to tear down some serious walls to Rescue her—to save her.
He did that for Rahab—and if you are in Christ, if you have put your faith in Him, He has done the same for you.
God had to tear down some serious walls to rescue me from the
Walls built by indifference, pride, wealth, intellect, fear.
God wants you to be a part of tearing down those walls—God wants you to be a part of His Rescue
When you share the truth of the love and forgiveness of Christ—when you share of the reality of sin and how it separates us from God—you are a part of God’s Rescue Mission—Evangelism is a Rescue Mission—it may not make it on the news, or in newspaper headlines—but I guarantee—God knows, He notices. Rescues here on earth from the kingdom of darkness are celebrated throughout the heavens.
Walls all over
Do you remember how God fought for you? Do you realize how important and vital your part in rescuing people God loves is? It’s not something you can quit on or give up on—The Israelites couldn’t know Victory if they quit on the second day of marching around the city. They couldn’t have known victory if on Day 7 they stopped at 4 times around.
There are walls all around us that God wants to bring down. No one said Evangelism is easy, or comfortable, but because there are rare treasures behind those walls it is worth it. If we want victory—we must have a great desire to Rescue—Because He fought and died for us.
Do you know that God is fighting for you right now?