Then Joshua son of Nun secretly sent two spies from Shittim. “Go, look over the land,” he said, “especially Jericho.” So they went and entered the house of a prostitute named Rahab and stayed there.
As we look at Joshua 2:1, we find Joshua and the Israelite army preparing to cross the Jordan River to claim the land God promised. Joshua’s first mission is to secretly send two spies to Jericho to look over the land.
Entering Jericho could not be easy as it was a well fortified city with an outer wall surrounding the city that was 6’ thick and 12-15 ft behind that wall was another wall 12’ thick and 30’ high. Apparently, there are some houses on the inner wall or at least one house for vs 15 tells us that Rahab, the prostitute, has a house on the wall. The Scriptures do not tell us the how or when but the two spies were able to penetrate the walls and come into Jericho. They enter the home of Rahab and stay there. Just think about it, there could be no better cover. After all, who would even notice two men entering the house of a prostitute?
We do not know the initial conversation between Rahab and the spies but most likely, she has heard some things and she understands the grave danger the spies are in. She makes the bold choice to take these two men, who she does not even know, and hide them on her roof. Now, we need to understand, if Rahab is caught hiding these two men there is no doubt that she will be charged with treason and face death. Surely, she is well aware of this truth.
Joshua 2:2 tells us that the spies’ disguise did not work too well for the king is told that the spies are in the city and they are in Rahab’s house. So the king sends word to Rahab to “bring out the men who came to you and entered your house because they are here to spy out the land.” I want you to note how the king says, came to you…came to you, Rahab! Now, I’m blessed by that because we need to remember that these are no ordinary men. These men of God are on assignment from the Lord. God has sent them specifically to Jericho and specifically to Rahab’s house. 2 Chronicles 16:9 says, “For the eyes of the LORD range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him.”
Rahab is in this dark, wicked, pagan, idol worshiping land and the All-knowing, Ever-present, All-powerful God, who abounds in grace and mercy, who knows every heart has His eyes on Rahab and He sends His men to Rahab.
I just have to tell you I am blessed by this truth. It encourages me to know that our God knows about us. Knows where we are, knows our struggles, our problems and situations, the very issues of life and He has purposed His heart to strengthen us. Storms may rage, breakers may dash but we have the assurance of knowing that He holds us fast. He will strengthen, protect and deliver us because our souls have been anchored in the Jesus.
The Psalmist declares in Psalm 62:6 that He (the Lord) alone is my rock and my salvation; He is my fortress, I will not be shaken. Amen!
There is a movement in the heart of Rahab and she knows that she needs to be saved from the certain destruction and death that is headed her way. May I share with you that every man needs this same thing, to be saved from a sure and certain destruction and death that is coming. Every man needs a Savior and this same God has made our provision.
“For there is one God, and one mediator also between God and men,
the man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself as a ransom for all,
the testimony given at the proper time (1 Timothy 2:6).”
In times like these we need an anchor.
We need to be sure, be very sure that our anchor holds
and grips the Solid Rock, Jesus Christ.
Behold and ponder.