Joshua 2:1 And Joshua the son of Nun sent out of Shittim two men to spy secretly, saying, Go view the land, even Jericho. And they went, and came into an harlot's house, named Rahab, and lodged there. 2. And it was told the king of Jericho, saying, Behold, there came men in hither to night of the children of Israel to search out the country. 3. And the king of Jericho sent unto Rahab, saying, Bring forth the men that are come to thee, which are entered into thine house: for they be come to search out all the country. 4. And the woman took the two men, and hid them, and said thus, There came men unto me, but I wist not whence they were: 5. And it came to pass about the time of shutting of the gate, when it was dark, that the men went out: whither the men went I wot not: pursue after them quickly; for ye shall overtake them. 6. But she had brought them up to the roof of the house, and hid them with the stalks of flax, which she had laid in order upon the roof.
Hebrews. 11: 30. By faith the walls of Jericho fell down, after they were compassed about seven days. 31. By faith the harlot Rahab perished not with them that believed not, when she had received the spies with peace.
1 Samuel. 20: 24. So David hid in the field, and when the New Moon festival came, the king sat down to eat. 25. He sat in his customary place by the wall, opposite Jonathan, and Abner sat next to Saul, but David's place was empty. 26. Saul said nothing that day, for he thought, "Something must have happened to David to make him ceremonially unclean, surely he is unclean." 27. But the next day, the second day of the month, David's place was empty again. Then Saul said to his son Jonathan, "Why hasn't the son of Jesse come to the meal, either yesterday or today?" 28. Jonathan answered, "David earnestly asked me for permission to go to Bethlehem. 29. He said, 'Let me go, because our family is observing a sacrifice in the town and my brother has ordered me to be there. If I have found favor in your eyes, let me get away to see my brothers'. That is why he has not come to the king's table." 30. Saul's anger flared up at Jonathan and he said to him, "You son of a perverse and rebellious woman! Don't I know that you have sided with the son of Jesse to your own shame and to the shame of the mother who bore you? 31. As long as the son of Jesse lives on this earth, neither you nor your kingdom will be established. Now send and bring him to me, for he must die!" 32. "Why should he be put to death? What has he done?" Jonathan asked his father. 33. But Saul hurled his spear at him to kill him. Then Jonathan knew that his father intended to kill David. .
1 Samuel 21: 1. David went to Nob, to Ahimelech the priest. Ahimelech trembled when he met him, and asked, "Why are you alone? Why is no one with you?" 2. David answered Ahimelech the priest, "The king charged me with a certain matter and said to me, `No one is to know anything about your mission and your instructions.' As for my men, I have told them to meet me at a certain place. 3. Now then, what do you have on hand? Give me five loaves of bread, or whatever you can find." 4. But the priest answered David, "I don't have any ordinary bread on hand; however, there is some consecrated bread here provided the men have kept themselves from women." 5. David replied, "Indeed women have been kept from us, as usual whenever I set out. The men's things are holy even on missions that are not holy. How much more so today!" 6. So the priest gave him the consecrated bread, since there was no bread there except the bread of the Presence that had been removed from before the LORD and replaced by hot bread on the day it was taken away. 7. Now one of Saul's servants was there that day, detained before the LORD; he was Doeg the Edomite, Saul's head shepherd. 8. David asked Ahimelech, "Don't you have a spear or a sword here? I haven't brought my sword or any other weapon, because the king's business was urgent." 9. The priest replied, "The sword of Goliath the Philistine, whom you killed in the Valley of Elah, is here; it is wrapped in a cloth behind the ephod. If you want it, take it; there is no sword here but that one." David said, "There is none like it; give it to me."
Matthew 12: 1. At that time Jesus went on the Sabbath day through the corn; and his disciples were an hungred, and began to pluck the ears of corn, and to eat. 2. But when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto him, Behold, thy disciples do that which is not lawful to do upon the Sabbath day. 3. But he said unto them, Have ye not read what David did, when he was an hungred, and they that were with him; 4. How he entered into the house of God, and did eat the shewbread, which was not lawful for him to eat, neither for them which were with him, but only for the priests? 5. Or have ye not read in the law, how that on the Sabbath days the priests in the temple profane the Sabbath, and are blameless?
1 Sam 21:11 And the servants of Achish said unto him, Is not this David the king of the land? did they not sing one to another of him in dances, saying, Saul hath slain his thousands, and David his ten thousands? 12 And David laid up these words in his heart, and was sore afraid of Achish the king of Gath. 13 And he changed his behaviour before them, and feigned himself mad in their hands, and scrabbled on the doors of the gate, and let his spittle fall down upon his beard. 14 Then said Achish unto his servants, Lo, ye see the man is mad: wherefore then have ye brought him to me?
22:1 David therefore departed thence, and escaped to the cave Adullam: ...... (KJV)
Luke 24: 13. And, behold, two of them went that same day to a village called Emmaus, which was from Jerusalem about threescore furlongs.
24: 15. And it came to pass, that, while they communed together and reasoned, Jesus himself drew near, and went with them. 16. But their eyes were holden that they should not know him. 17. And he said unto them, What manner of communications are these that ye have one to another, as ye walk, and are sad?
Luke 24: 27. And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself. 28. And they drew nigh unto the village, whither they went: and he made as though he would have gone further. 29. But they constrained him, saying, Abide with us: for it is toward evening, and the day is far spent. And he went in to tarry with them. 30. And it came to pass, as he sat at meat with them, he took bread, and blessed it, and brake, and gave to them. 31. And their eyes were opened, and they knew him; and he vanished out of their sight. 32. And they said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures?
John 7: 1. After this, Jesus went around in Galilee, purposely staying away from Judea because the Jews there were waiting to take his life. 2. But when the Jewish Feast of Tabernacles was near, 3. Jesus' brothers said to him, "You ought to leave here and go to Judea, so that your disciples may see the miracles you do. 4. No one who wants to become a public figure acts in secret. Since you are doing these things, show yourself to the world." 5. For even his own brothers did not believe in him. 6. Therefore Jesus told them, "The right time for me has not yet come; for you any time is right. 7. The world cannot hate you, but it hates me because I testify that what it does is evil. 8. You go to the Feast. I am not yet going up to this Feast, because for me the right time has not yet come." 9. Having said this, he stayed in Galilee. 10. However, after his brothers had left for the Feast, he went also, not publicly, but in secret.
John 7: 14. Not until halfway through the Feast did Jesus go up to the temple courts and begin to teach.
Gen 12:11 And it came to pass, when he was come near to enter into Egypt, that he said unto Sarai his wife, Behold now, I know that thou art a fair woman to look upon: 12 Therefore it shall come to pass, when the Egyptians shall see thee, that they shall say, This is his wife: and they will kill me, but they will save thee alive. 13 Say, I pray thee, thou art my sister: that it may be well with me for thy sake; and my soul shall live because of thee. 14 And it came to pass, that, when Abram was come into Egypt, the Egyptians beheld the woman that she was very fair. 15 The princes also of Pharaoh saw her, and commended her before Pharaoh: and the woman was taken into Pharaoh's house. (KJV)
The beginning of what Abraham had foreseen came to pass. His life was spared. Abraham may have been mistaken, however, he did believe his life was in danger. Do you dare to accuse him of being a liar?
Yes, "Words have the power to heal and/or to destroy."
There are sects that believe that if you ever say, off hand or not, at anytime, you are going to do something, that you have no character if you do not, either, do as you said or, die trying. This is contrary to biblical principle, for God would rather have mercy then sacrifice. God even made promises, but because of the disobedience of His people it would have been an unrighteous thing for Him to carry out His word.
"God emphatically states to Jonah, "' Arise, go unto Nineveh, that great city, and preach unto it the preaching that I bid thee.'" (Jonah 2:2 ASV) Jonah therefore goes to Ninevah and declares, "'Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown.'" Now, notice that Jonah puts no conditions upon this prophecy - Jonah declares that God will destroy Ninevah in 40 days. What actually transpired, however, was that Ninevah was not destroyed. Scripture states that they repented, "And God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God repented of the evil which he said he would do unto them; and he did it not." (Jonah 2:10, ASV). Now, either Jonah was a false prophet and failed to declare ALL that God had told him (in which case, the scriptures themselves are in error, for they tell us God changed His mind) or in fact, God saw the overwhelming change in the hearts of the people of Ninevah and was so moved that He changed His mind as well and did not bring to pass the prophecy which He had told Jonah to prophesy.
Exodus 23:23-33 is another example of prophecy which is not strictly fulfilled. God promises to drive out all the inhabitants of Palestine before them (Ex. 23:27 NKJV) "I will send My fear before you, I will cause confusion among all the people to whom you come, and will make all your enemies turn [their] backs to you." But what actually transpired, as we read in Joshua 16:10, is that all of the inhabitants were not driven out. "And they drove not out the Canaanites that dwelt in Gezer, but the Canaanites dwell in the midst of Ephraim unto this day, and are become servants to do task work."
Isaiah 29:19 The meek also shall increase their joy in the LORD, and the poor among men shall rejoice in the Holy One of Israel. 20 For the terrible one is brought to nought, and the scorner is consumed, and all that watch for iniquity are cut off: 21 That make a man an offender for a word, and lay a snare for him that reproveth in the gate, and turn aside the just for a thing of naught.
Matt 22:15 Then went the Pharisees, and took counsel how they might entangle him in his talk.
Luke 11:53 And as he said these things unto them, the scribes and the Pharisees began to urge him vehemently, and to provoke him to speak of many things: 54 Laying wait for him, and seeking to catch something out of his mouth, that they might accuse him. (KJV)
V. Manson Dec. 24, 1990 / 8-4-91 / 4-16-94 / 9-7-01