READ: Joshua 2:1-24
- The two spies view Jericho and spend the night at a brothel. You’d have to assume it’s the last place they’d look for spies. However, it isn’t, it’s the first place. The officials come and seek to find them. Rahab lies about their whereabouts and sends the police off on a wild goose chase. In the meantime, she works out a deal with the spies to protect her and her family when the Israelites invade the land.
- Rahab’s faith becomes legendary. She’s listed in what some call the “Hall of Faith” in Hebrews 11. She’s the one who, “welcomed the spies.” In James 2, her works (hiding the spies) is elevated as an example of how faith is shown in a person’s actions. But even more interesting, according to Matthew 1, she shows up in the genealogy of Jesus. She is David’s great-great grandmother. Her faith is highlighted, not her ethnicity nor her occupation (though that is mentioned).
- Rahab’s faithfulness stands in contrast to the unfaithfulness of Israel. Even in our text, the presence of the spy story reminds the readers of the previous unfaithfulness and its consequences. Rahab’s story stands as testimony to God’s faithfulness as well. He honors the choices of all people who are willing to live in honor/response to Him. Her house collapsed with the walls of Jericho…but she and her family survived and became part of the Jesus story.
- Who has been a great model of faith for you?
- How does God’s response to a prostitute square with your previous perceptions of how God works and whom God honors?
- How have you modeled an unusual faithfulness?
Pray for a faithfulness that is exemplary to others. Ask God to help you live faithfully when life makes it hard. Commit yourself to being faithful to Him as much as you are capable.