by Tony Nester

Rahab and the Israelite Spies
Tony R. Nester
Joshua 2:1-24

Today we move into the Book of Joshua as we continue this series on the key stories of the Bible. The Book of Joshua tells the story of how the Israelites finally enter the Promised Land after their 40 year journey in the wilderness. Moses has died, and it is now time for a new leader to take command. This new leader is Joshua. The Book opens with God's stirring call to Joshua:

(Joshua 1:2-6 NRSV) ""My servant Moses is dead. Now proceed to cross the Jordan, you and all this people, into the land that I am giving to them, to the Israelites. {3} Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given to you, as I promised to Moses. {4} From the wilderness and the Lebanon as far as the great river, the river Euphrates, all the land of the Hittites, to the Great Sea in the west shall be your territory. {5} No one shall be able to stand against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will not fail you or forsake you. {6} Be strong and courageous; for you shall put this people in possession of the land that I swore to their ancestors to give them."

The City of Jericho is the first target for the Israelite's invasion into Canaan. Joshua wants to gather intelligence data on Jericho. He sends two men to spy out Jericho. These two spies end up having an encounter with a prostitute named Rahab.

And Rahab ends up becoming one of the ancestors of King David, and of Jesus. Imagine that -- King David and the Lord Jesus are descended from a pagan prostitute.

Not only that, but everyone of us who are in Christ are spiritual descendants of Rahab as well. This is a story that sets the record straight: faith in God is can be found in people whom "believers" dismiss as unbelieving, godless people. Sometimes unbelievers have lessons to teach us who claim to know so much about God. That's the story of Rahab the prostitute and the Israelite spies. It's told in Jos ...

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