by Christina Farris
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.
7 And the men pursued after them the way to Jordan unto the fords: and as soon as they which pursued after them were gone out, they shut the gate.
8 And before they were laid down, she came up unto them upon the roof;
9 And she said unto the men, I know that the LORD hath given you the land, and that your terror is fallen upon us, and that all the inhabitants of the land faint because of you.
10 For we have heard how the LORD dried up the water of the Red sea for you, when ye came out of Egypt; and what ye did unto the two kings of the Amorites, that were on the other side Jordan, Sihon and Og, whom ye utterly destroyed.
11 And as soon as we had heard these things, our hearts did melt, neither did there remain any more courage in any man, because of you: for the LORD your God, he is God in heaven above, and in earth beneath.
12 Now therefore, I pray you, swear unto me by the LORD, since I have shewed you kindness, that ye will also shew kindness unto my father's house, and give me a true token:
13 And that ye will save alive my father, and my mother, and my brethren, and my sisters, and all that they have, and deliver our lives from death.
14 And the men answered her, Our life for yours, if ye utter not this our business. And it shall be, when the LORD hath given us the land, that we will deal kindly and truly with thee.
15 Then she let them down by a cord through the window: for her house was upon the town wall, and she dwelt upon the wall.
16 And she said unto them, Get you to the mountain, lest the pursuers meet you; and hide yourselves there three days, until the pursuers be returned: and afterward may ye go your way.
17 And the men said unto her, We will be blameless of this thine oath which thou hast made us swear.
18 Behold, when we come into the land, thou shalt bind this line of scarlet thread in the window which thou didst let us down by: and thou shalt bring thy father, and thy mother, and thy brethren, and all thy father's household, home unto thee.
19 And it shall be, that whosoever shall go out of the doors of thy house into the street, his blood shall be upon his head, and we will be guiltless: and whosoever shall be with thee in the house, his blood shall be on our head, if any hand be upon him.
20 And if thou utter this our business, then we will be quit of thine oath which thou hast made us to swear.
21 And she said, According unto your words, so be it. And she sent them away, and they departed: and she bound the scarlet line in the window.
22 And they went, and came unto the mountain, and abode there three days, until the pursuers were returned: and the pursuers sought them throughout all the way, but found them not.
23 So the two men returned, and descended from the mountain, and passed over, and came to Joshua the son of Nun, and told him all things that befell them:
24 And they said unto Joshua, Truly the LORD hath delivered into our hands all the land; for even all the inhabitants of the country do faint because of us. God uses a Harlot to explain the fear of the people had of Israel God. Many believed the reports that we hearing about Israel has they came through different territories. When there is mass travel, several things happen, people trample down the economy of an area or literally destroy it, if shop owners and business are not use to this type of traffic. It like having a stampede of thousands and not just simplely hundred people moving from one area to another. Israel was probably close to ten thousand or more by time they reach Jericho in travel. Maybe less, total is not given of how large Israel was fairly large at this time. Now if you surround a small city that has a wall and you encompass it and it only made of brick it like a herd of elephants walking around a building, soon it will fall or crumble in weak spots. The ability is not unusual, but the fact is these people contribute to the God of Israel the destruction they heard about coming their direction. Why the crossing of the Red Sea, where God had parted the river, so Israel could walk on dry land, but they also heard of the strength of Israel to killing of two Ammorite kings. Two powers recognized by Jericho's people and Rahab the Harlot. Two powers, God and man to destroy. The miracle of walking on dry land when the Red Sea was impossible to cross was act of God. Jericho destruction came with the power of God in the lead, but the destruction came with force of men that followed God's instruction of marching around Jericho(a few chapters over if your interested in pursuing the story).
The city of Jericho not fearful enough to welcome Israel in, but fearful enough to try and kill their messengers. Rahab went before the king and reported the spies, only to hide the spies. Did she not like the land she lived in? I do know she went to extreme by sending the enemy out after people hid within the wall of their land. Then she helped escape and hide until the search party was finished hunting for them. She also went about getting protection for her family. She tied the thread to her door as instructed by the israelites and waited.
People sometimes recognize the power of God and man, but not the ability to repent and seek God. That God will shelter them under his wings if they will only turn to him. Rahab was harlot but understood to fear God and the men of Israel. She knew her salvation would come from the promise of the Israelites if she obeyed them, but also knew they were strong enough to destroy all of Jericho.
When Christ died for our sins, God gave us a man, to pay a price we could not pay. He gave a man the power to over come death through resurrection. Yet this man was also God. This man was the word of God the part of God that is given to all people to believe. Rahab believed the reports the word coming forth from outside her village of what God had done for Israel and she knew to believe and to trust in this God of Israel for deliverance which he would provide with the saving of her and her family. God's word brought salvation in Old Testament and brings salvation to us through the promise of God's Son/word to all people. Not just to the Jews but Gentiles to, that whosoever believeth in Jesus might be saved. We know In John 1:1 that the word spoken that became flesh is Jesus. Our hope resting in the promise of God sending forth his word as a man, and as a promise. The spirit of prophesy. Israel was a type of Christ to Rahab the harlot, but not the Messiah. Rahab recognized both as Saviors.
When we see the salvation of man, it can be blessing to a believer, but it is not salvation for the soul unless it is Christ himself. To understand that man has a role to help and protect each other, it is also speaks of Christ deliverance for eternal life, because of the resurrection and payment for sin through the cross. Israel cross was their size and their ability to destroy at this time, but true salvation came from the Lord. Who were these men to house in a harlot house. Men that who they were, not men of clean living but living perhaps has men sometimes do.
Dear Heavenly Father, give us grace through faith in who your are as deliverer and the salvation that comes by your word and your Son. Let us not forget that anyone that bows to you will be saved, no matter who they are. In Jesus precious name, Amen.
Continual Scripture Study:Hebrews 11:30-31 KJV
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.