Joshua, Chapter 2

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Joshua Sends Spies Into Jericho

Joshua sends two spies into Jericho. They arrive in the city and lodge at the house of Rahab the prostitute. The king of Jericho is informed of their whereabouts. However, Rahab hides the spies and misleads the messengers that have come to arrest them. Since the gates of the city are closed, she sneaks the spies out through a window in her home, which stands above the city’s walls.

Rahab convinces the spies to make a pact with her. In exchange for hiding them, the Israelites will spare her life and that of her family when they invade Jericho. The spies instruct her to gather her family at her house during the battle and tie a scarlet cord to her window as a sign. The spies return to the Israelites’ camp and report to Joshua that they believe the conquest of Canaan is viable. We must always hope and believe that our mission is possible. We should not fall prey to despair or pessimism. When a person remains steadfast to his mission and purpose, he will ultimately achieve his goals. 

“And Joshua the son of Nun sent out of Shittimtwo men to spy secretly, saying, Go view the land, even Jericho” (Joshua 2:1)

 “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” (Joshua 2:3)

 “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 deliver our lives from death” (Joshua 2:12-13)

Realization is transforming ideas and plans into concrete results – in the same way that God has the power of creation.