And they said to Joshua, “Truly the Lord has given all the land into our hands. And also, all the inhabitants of the land melt away because of us.”
I was thinking about this yesterday. One of my IF:sters (I would give her credit if I remembered who – sorry) commented yesterday about the spies meeting Rahab really did not have any strategic value toward Joshua’s battle plan. It seemed it was a wonderful God ordained excursion to give Rahab an opportunity to come to faith. I personally believe God does stuff like that all the time. To my linear mind, God’s map looks probably more like the Family Circus cartoon of little Billy hurrying to the mailbox…only God is never too late.
But I digress…
I think there was another thing happening because of the jaunt to Jericho. It was Rahab’s gift to the spies.
Remember when Moses originally sent out the twelve spies to scout the Promise Land? They looked all around and came back discouraged. Ten out of twelve only saw the giants were too big for them to conquer – “we are like grasshoppers compared to them”. Only Joshua and Caleb believed that God had given them the land and, giants or no giants – that was what mattered. Still the nation of Israel was blown sideways and off course by the report of the doubters. And since God was not about to let them go back to Egypt, they were stuck jogging around Mt. Sinai for 40 years.
So now, here is Joshua leading the new generation of the nation of Israel, and he sends out spies. Considering his personal experience if I was the leader, I would think this to be a risky idea – but hey, that’s me. So….the 2 spies come back and this is their report:
“Truly the Lord has given all the land into our hands. And also, all the inhabitants of the land melt away because of us.”
How do you think they knew that? Does this sound familiar?
“I know that the Lord has given you this land and that a great fear of you has fallen on us, so that all who live in this country are melting in fear because of you… When we heard of it, our hearts melted in fear and everyone’s courage failed because of you, for the Lord your God is God in heaven above and on the earth below.
That would be Rahab. She told them.
The spies took her faith back with them. They gave a good report, Joshua stayed the course, the people followed him with confidence, the walls fell, Rahab was rescued…and so were we.
Today I’m thinking about my words.