Exodus 34:10,11 10 And the LORD said, “Behold, I am making a covenant. Before all your people I will perform wonders that have never been done in any nation in all the world. All the people among whom you live will see the LORD’s work, for it is an awesome thing that I am doing with you.
11 Observe what I command you this day. I will drive out before you the Amorites, Canaanites, Hittites, Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites.
Joshua 2:1-11 1 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.
2 The king of Jericho was told, “Look, some of the Israelites have come here tonight to spy out the land.” 3 So the king of Jericho sent this message to Rahab: “Bring out the men who came to you and entered your house, because they have come to spy out the whole land.”
4 But the woman had taken the two men and hidden them. She said, “Yes, the men came to me, but I did not know where they had come from. 5 At dusk, when it was time to close the city gate, they left. I don’t know which way they went. Go after them quickly. You may catch up with them.” 6 (But she had taken them up to the roof and hidden them under the stalks of flax she had laid out on the roof.) 7 So the men set out in pursuit of the spies on the road that leads to the fords of the Jordan, and as soon as the pursuers had gone out, the gate was shut.
8 Before the spies lay down for the night, she went up on the roof 9 and said to them, “I know that the Lord has given you this land and that a great fear of you has fallen on us, so that all who live in this country are melting in fear because of you. 10 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 Sihon and Og, the two kings of the Amorites east of the Jordan, whom you completely destroyed. 11 When we heard of it, our hearts melted in fear and everyone’s courage failed because of you, for the Lord your God is God in heaven above and on the earth below.
God had prepared the Children of Israel for who and what they’d face. He had also prepared the inhabitants to be defeated. They had already considered themselves as unable to defeat the Children of Israel before they even arrived.
God had shown the Israelites how much he valued them by all that He had and continued to do on their behalf. The blessing of God’s presence going with them and before them, God delivering them from slavery by taking them out of Egypt, God providing for them and showing them loving-kindness, and speaking of a land that He Himself had picked out for them – a land flowing with milk and honey, were all examples of His regard for them. He had promised them houses to live in that they didn’t have to build, vineyards they’d enjoy that they didn’t plant. These promises were not because of them; it was not because of the righteous way they lived or the steadfast faith they displayed. Their conduct was most unbecoming the whole way out of Egypt. They had provoked God by their unbelief on numerous occasions.
No, the promises they received were because of the covenant between God and Abraham. The Children of Israel had the opportunity to receive the blessings of that covenant and to have the blessing influence where they lived, how they lived, who they were, and to whom they belonged, all because of their connection to Abraham and The Child of the Promise.
We, having the same Spirit of Faith that Abraham had, get to partake in the same covenant. We get to have a relationship with God, we get to benefit from the same blessing, and to experience his goodness and grace because of Jesus. We stand in the righteousness of God. We are accepted, viewed as holy, and without blame because of our connection with Jesus and the covenant between Jesus and God. Our connection to Jesus Christ and the covenant between Jesus and God enables us to walk in the blessing and to be considered the righteousness of God.
The covenant between Abraham and God was a pass-through for the covenant between God and Jesus. Just as the Children of Israel got to receive all the rights and privileges of the covenant between God and Abraham, we get to receive all the rights, privileges, and benefits of the covenant between God and Jesus, which includes everything within the covenant between God and Abraham.
We, as receivers of Jesus as Lord, get to show forth God’s goodness through our good and blessed lives. We get to make His will and love known by putting them on display showing that the promise of the Kingdom of Heaven has come.