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the house of Rahab, who hid them from the king's messengers. It describes her account of the fear and dread of Israel that had fallen on the Canaanites and of the request she made to them to save her and her father's house when the city should be taken. She asked for a sure sign of it to be given to her. The spies solemnly promised to honour her request and gave her a sign by which she could ensure her safety with a charge for her not to tell anyone. They were let down by a rope from the window of Rahab's house, which was on the outer wall, from where they made their escape to a mountain, where they stayed for three days, and then returned to Joshua, and made their report. A. The spies' trip: 1. Rahab's assistance to Israel's spies: The two men take refuge in the home of a prostitute who has come to fear the Lord. (a)The spies' danger (vv.1-3): 1Now Joshua the son of Nun sent out two men from Acacia Grovea to spy secretly, saying, “Go, view the land, especially Jericho.” So they went, and came to the house of a harlot named Rahab, and lodged there. 2And it was told the king of Jericho, saying, “Behold, men have come here tonight from the children of Israel to search out the country.” 3So the king of Jericho sent to Rahab, saying, “Bring out the men who have come to you, who have entered your house, for they have come to search out all the country.” (The king of Jericho dispatches men to Rahab's house to arrest the spies.) Q1: Why did Joshua send spies? Does it mean that he didn't entirely trust God? Q2: Why did Joshua send them secretly? (b)The spies' deliverance (vv.4-7): 4Then the woman took the two men and hid them. So she said, “Yes, the men came to me, but I did not know where they were from. 5And it happened as the gate was being shut, when it was dark, that the men went out. Where the men went I do not know; pursue them quickly, for you may overtake them.” 6(But she had brought them up to the roof and hidden them with the stalks of flax, which she had laid in order on the roof.) 7Then the men pursued them by the road to the Jordan, to the fords. And as soon as those who pursued them had gone out, they shut the gate. 1
Romans 10:9 tells us that in order to be saved. there was a strong tradition of hospitality. dramatic conversion. my sisters. you had a strong duty to protect them and care for them.” (She asks that she and her family be spared when the Israelites capture Jericho. If someone was a guest in your house. 10For we have heard how the LORD dried up the water of the Red Sea for you when you came out of Egypt. But then she had a dramatic conversion.10). Rahab confessed not only to God but before men when she said to the spies.11). Sihon and Og. Rahab’s dramatic conversion was proved by a definite confession. and what you did to the two kings of the Amorites who were on the other side of the Jordan. and all that they have.9). and deliver our lives from death.(Rahab deceives the king's men into believing the spies had already left. Rahab's assurance from Israel's spies: (a) Rahab's petition (vv. And Rahab did just that.) Note: As a harlot. 13and spare my father. for the LORD your God. In addition to Rahab’s degenerate position. my brothers. She had faith in God. and definite confession. whom you utterly destroyed. And she feared God. as evidenced by her knowledge of what He had done for His people (v. 11And as soon as we heard these things.) Q3: In the culture of that day. swear to me by the LORD. that the terror of you has fallen on us. he is God in heaven above and in earth beneath” (v. our hearts melted. 12Now therefore. a man must believe in his heart and confess with his mouth. Do you think this was the reason why Rahab helped the spies? Q4: Because of Rahab's lie the spies were delivered from their pursuers. a 2 . In Hebrews 11. she came up to them on the roof.8-13): 8Now before they lay down. as evidenced by the condition of her heart (v. and give me a true token. “for the Lord your God. notice her dynamic commendation. 9and said to the men: “I know that the LORD has given you the land.11). as evidenced by her belief that God had given the land to the Israelites (v. I beg you. neither did there remain any more courage in anyone because of you. Rahab was in a degenerate position. since I have shown you kindness. Does it mean that the bible justifies her lie? 2. He is God in heaven above and on earth beneath. my mother. and that all the inhabitants of the land are fainthearted because of you. She knew about God. that you also will show kindness to my father’s house.
if none of you tell this business of ours. and hidden by the righteousness of 3 . “According to your words.” 15Then she let them down by a rope through the window. his blood shall be on our head if a hand is laid on him. you bind this line of scarlet cord in the window through which you let us down. but she’s also a liar. when we come into the land.” 21Then she said. and unless you bring your father. Afterward you may go your way. 18unless. lest the pursuers meet you. and we will be guiltless. then. We are saved. the priests wearing their priestly garments. Elisha didn’t make it. Jeremiah didn’t make it. so be it. covered.” 17So the men said to her: “We will be blameless of this oath of yours which you have made us swear. and Rahab the harlot were all covered with the same material.” And she sent them away. This means that the Israelites on the roof. 19So it shall be that whoever goes outside the doors of your house into the street.small number of people are singled out as heroes in God’s “hall of faith. But one who did make it into the hall of faith was Rahab the prostitute. How. his blood shall be on his own head.” Isaiah didn’t make it. 16And she said to them. “Get to the mountain. then we will be free from your oath which you made us swear. when the LORD has given us the land. Q5: Rahab is not only a harlot. And it shall be. Hide there three days. 20And if you tell this business of ours. What about us. Daniel didn’t make it. she dwelt on the wall. ropes were made not of hemp like our ropes but of flax. your brothers. your mother. (The spies agree to spare Rahab's family) Q6: The scarlet cord served as the symbol for Rahab's salvation. But the most important place Rahab’s name appears is in Matthew 1. could Rahab be so exalted? (b)The spies promise (vv. and all your father’s household to your own home. and they departed. for her house was on the city wall. that we will deal kindly and truly with you. Flax also was the material from which linen was made. as she takes her place with only three other women in the genealogy of Jesus Christ. The same is still true today. what is the symbol for our salvation? Note: In Rahab’s day. “Our lives for yours. And she bound the scarlet cord in the window. They were all covered with flax.14-21): 14So the men answered her. The blood of Jesus Christ covers believing saints and sinners alike. And whoever is with you in the house. Rahab’s name appears again in James 2 as an example of what it means to have faith that is real. until the pursuers have returned.
23So the two men returned.) Note: Joshua sends two men to go before him to be his spies. for indeed all the inhabitants of the country are fainthearted because of us.22-24): 22They departed and went to the mountain. “Truly the LORD has delivered all the land into our hands. and told him all that had befallen them. 20:18). The pursuers sought them all along the way. In the same way Jesus is a savior for those who trust Him. 11:31) that revealed itself in works (James 2:25). but did not find them. But the visit also meant the salvation of Rahab and her family. The report of the two men encouraged Israel for the invasion (v. but a judge for those who reject Him.” (Upon returning to camp. and stayed there three days until the pursuers returned. Although the Bible does not commend Rahab for her lies. Her faith saved her and her family from destruction (Josh. and crossed over.Christ so freely given to us (Colossians 3:3). but a judge of the rest of Jericho. descended from the mountain. Once you begin to trust God and obey Him. 6:17–19). it does commend her faith (Heb. not unbelief (Prov. 1:5). and it resulted in her becoming an ancestress of the Messiah (Matt. would you go and do it? Conclusion: Joshua’s sending the spies to Jericho was an act of wisdom. and they came to Joshua the son of Nun. the spies reassure Joshua and eventually the Israelites that God indeed deliver Jericho into their hands. Jesus sent seventy men in groups of two to go before Him to be His witnesses. 24And they said to Joshua. (Lk 10:1) Q7: If you were one of the men asked by Joshua to spy the land. The spies testimony (vv. 2:25). B. Joshua would be a savior for Rahab. you never know what He will do! 4 . 24) and reminded them that God was fulfilling His promise to them (Deut.
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