So Joshua sends out two spies to check out the land and especially Jericho. They enter the city and stay at the prostitute Rahab’s place – easy access and no one would notice the traffic, I guess. The rulers get wind of Israelites being in town and they go straight to Rahab. Maybe they were seen there, maybe it was just typical but they are quite frank in seeking her help and allegiance. They tell her “they have come to search out the land” – it’s a matter of national security that we find them.
Interestingly her allegiance does not lie with her fellow countrymen. She is aware that everyone is afraid of the God of Israel because they have heard what their God has done for them. But her thoughts seem to go beyond fear and great stories. She actually believes God is the true God because of the stories and she is ready to align herself with Him.
So she protects the spies and asks to be protected in return – when Israel takes the land. She seems pretty certain that will come.
Of course the spies are eager to return the favor – “our lives for yours” is no small admission of their own vulnerability. It also predisposes an understanding of their own people – they know Joshua and Israel will back them up. (Sadly a commodity in short supply – knowing that you and your people are on the same page.)
Well here’s the thing – the people of Jericho feared the God of the Israelites because they had heard what God had done. They heard “about how the Lord dried up the water of the Red Sea before you when you came out of Egypt…” How long had that been? 40 years! They cross over and then wander in the wilderness 40 years and just now are they actually entering the promise land. But something that happened 40 years ago has “melted their hearts.”
What comes to mind is God’s renown. He set in place the events that would accomplish His purposes and that would bring Him glory. He will not be forgotten. And further, it is clear, that as His people we are to testify to His greatness. So today, I will focus on recounting His glory and telling!
Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; He is to be feared above all gods. Ps 96
Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name; make known among the nations what He has done. Ps 105:1
About the World?
God will make His name known – from everlasting to everlasting.