The battle was over. The once thriving, formidable city of Jericho was now a smoldering mound of ruins. But Joshua wasn’t done with Jericho just yet. It wasn’t enough that the city was destroyed; he cursed the pile of ruins, declaring that anyone who attempted to rebuild it would suffer greatly. This was not just an end for Jericho, it was to be the end.
But the end of Jericho was also a beginning for Rahab and her family. And in the same way, Rahab’s beginning was not just a beginning, it was the beginning. Her old self was as dead as the city she was leaving behind; she was now part of God’s people. Her faith in God had given her a new life. Her life was changed forever in this one event.
We see here a picture of the power of God to change us by grace through faith. When we trust in Christ, our old self is put to death and we have been given new life in Christ.
How do you live as your old, dead self at times? Why? How can you live as your new self?