Joshua 2

Joshua 2 has the familiar story of Rahab, the prostitute who saved two of Joshua’s men that were sent to Jericho to spy on things.  Remember how Moses sent 12 spies to look at the Promised Land and report back.  10 of those returned and said it was too powerful to ever overtake, but two came back and said that God would give it into their hands.  This time, Joshua only sends two spies.  They arrive and the word gets out that they are in town.  The king sends his men to Rahab’s house to capture them, but “the woman had taken the two men and hidden them….she had brought them up to the roof and hid them with the stalks of flax”.

She successfully diverts the king’s men and has them leave the city to chase the spies all the while hiding them safely on her roof.  She tells the men what they needed to know – what the response of the people would be as God’s people entered the land and approached.  She referred to the way God’s people were viewed and the fear they had toward them.  “And as soon as we heard it, our hearts melted, and there was no spirit left in any man because of you, for the Lord your God, he is God in the heavens above and on the earth beneath”.  They knew God was with them.

She wisely uses her place as a bargaining chip to save her family from destruction when God’s people come to destroy the city.  The spies agree and say “Our life for yours even to death”.  She tells them how to escape and be safe and lets them down with a rope through the window of her home that was built into the wall.  “Go into the hills, or the pursuers will encounter you, and hide there three days until the pursuers have returned”.  They flee and hide and are saved by her wisdom.

The protection was related to Rahab doing this.  “You shall tie this scarlet cord in the window”.  That would be the sign to leave her home and those inside alone.  As long as the cord was hanging in the window and people stayed inside, they would be spared.  The spies return home and “they told him all that had happened to them….Truly the Lord has given all the land into our hands”.  This is the exact same thing Joshua and Caleb had told Moses some 40 years earlier.  God has a plan and they will take the Promised Land to be their own.

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