God had grand purpose for His people and He also had the perfect plan to carry out His purpose. This record of a woman (a harlot) is truly important and relevant to today’s woman. (I recommend that you read the whole chapter two which I will include in this post).
In chapter one we read of how God promised Moses’ capable military assistant Joshua (the new general of the army of Israel) He had given to Joshua and God’s people every place that Joshua’s foot would tread upon. God gave him a powerful weapon: His words. So Joshua was the important and qualified military and God’s word man, whom God had chosen to use. In chapter two, however, an hitherto unknown woman appeared on the scene, to become the ordinary and seemingly unqualified woman, whom God had chosen to use. She was described as a harlot (prostitute).
Briefly, this woman named Rahab hid two spies from the people of Israel and lied to her own king who looked for the spies to capture them. She even helped them to safely leave that city and safely returned to Joshua’s camp. In return she asked that they ensured the safety of her family and herself. Why did she take such a risk? She did not even know them.
Note how she told the spies her knowledge of What God did for them and her decision to show kindness to them in exchange for their kindness to her and family. She heard of their God and she believed that this God is the greatest: “for the Lord your God, He is God in heaven above and on earth beneath. “ Thus she told them. She was no ordinary woman. She heard of God and she got to know Him even from a distance! What a God who had made Himself known to such a humble insignificant (even foreign) woman! What a woman who had decided to leave her past behind her and put her faith in the God who was not her people’s god. By faith, she became very strong and courageous too, like Joshua! Note how well versed she was about the military situation. She was even accurate in summing up the current defeatist attitude of her own side (her king and army’s fear of the Israelite army who had God on their side). She made sure she was on God’s side! When Jericho was wiped out, only she and her family escaped death.
God did a further amazing thing with this woman. She became the wife of an Israelite leader Salmon, and the great grandmother of David the king, from whom the human lineage of Jesus derived.
Bible verses: Joshua chapter two___________
Now Joshua the son of Nun sent out two men from Acacia Grove to spy secretly, saying, “Go, view the land, especially Jericho.” So they went, and came to the house of a harlot named Rahab, and lodged there. 2 And it was told the king of Jericho, saying, “Behold, men have come here tonight from the children of Israel to search out the country.”
3 So the king of Jericho sent to Rahab, saying, “Bring out the men who have come to you, who have entered your house, for they have come to search out all the country.”
4 Then the woman took the two men and hid them. So she said, “Yes, the men came to me, but I did not know where they were from. 5 And it happened as the gate was being shut, when it was dark, that the men went out. Where the men went I do not know; pursue them quickly, for you may overtake them.” 6 (But she had brought them up to the roof and hidden them with the stalks of flax, which she had laid in order on the roof.) 7 Then the men pursued them by the road to the Jordan, to the fords. And as soon as those who pursued them had gone out, they shut the gate.
8 Now before they lay down, she came up to them on the roof, 9 and said to the men: “I know that the Lord has given you the land, that the terror of you has fallen on us, and that all the inhabitants of the land are fainthearted because of you. 10 For we have heard how the Lord dried up the water of the Red Sea for you when you came out of Egypt, and what you did to the two kings of the Amorites who were on the other side of the Jordan, Sihon and Og, whom you utterly destroyed. 11 And as soon as we heard these things, our hearts melted; neither did there remain any more courage in anyone because of you, for the Lord your God, He is God in heaven above and on earth beneath. 12 Now therefore, I beg you, swear to me by the Lord, since I have shown you kindness, that you also will show kindness to my father’s house, and give me a true token, 13 and spare my father, my mother, my brothers, my sisters, and all that they have, and deliver our lives from death.”
14 So the men answered her, “Our lives for yours, if none of you tell this business of ours. And it shall be, when the Lord has given us the land, that we will deal kindly and truly with you.”
15 Then she let them down by a rope through the window, for her house was on the city wall; she dwelt on the wall. 16 And she said to them, “Get to the mountain, lest the pursuers meet you. Hide there three days, until the pursuers have returned. Afterward you may go your way.”
17 So the men said to her: “We will be blameless of this oath of yours which you have made us swear, 18 unless, when we come into the land, you bind this line of scarlet cord in the window through which you let us down, and unless you bring your father, your mother, your brothers, and all your father’s household to your own home. 19 So it shall be that whoever goes outside the doors of your house into the street, his blood shall be on his own head, and we will be guiltless. And whoever is with you in the house, his blood shall be on our head if a hand is laid on him. 20 And if you tell this business of ours, then we will be free from your oath which you made us swear.”
21 Then she said, “According to your words, so be it.” And she sent them away, and they departed. And she bound the scarlet cord in the window.
22 They departed and went to the mountain, and stayed there three days until the pursuers returned. The pursuers sought them all along the way, but did not find them. 23 So the two men returned, descended from the mountain, and crossed over; and they came to Joshua the son of Nun, and told him all that had befallen them. 24 And they said to Joshua, “Truly the Lord has delivered all the land into our hands, for indeed all the inhabitants of the country are fainthearted because of us.”