Joshua 2:1-7 1 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. 2 The king of Jericho was told, "Look! Some of the Israelites have come here tonight to spy out the land."
3 So the king of Jericho sent this message to Rahab: "Bring out the men who came to you and entered your house, because they have come to spy out the whole land." 4 But the woman had taken the two men and hidden them.
She said, "Yes, the men came to me, but I did not know where they had come from. 5 At dusk, when it was time to close the city gate, the men left. I don't know which way they went. Go after them quickly. You may catch up with them." 6 (But she had taken them up to the roof and hidden them under the stalks of flax she had laid out on the roof.)
7 So the men set out in pursuit of the spies on the road that leads to the fords of the Jordan, and as soon as the pursuers had gone out, the gate was shut.
Hebrews 11:31 By faith the prostitute Rahab, because she welcomed the spies, was not killed with those who were disobedient.
James 2:25 In the same way, was not even Rahab the prostitute considered righteous for what she did when she gave lodging to the spies and sent them off in a different direction?
And it's quite likely this site is till even now preserved. If you go to the ruins of Jericho, you can see for yourself that the Walls collapsed in all but ONE section; large jars of blackened grain in almost every house indicating a short siege in the Spring of the year -Bible says it happened shortly after Passover (Spring). It's a rather dramatic confirmation of the Biblical account; the problem is, a lotta these morons in academia disagree on the dating of these ruins. There's a great Documentary called "Patterns of EVidence: The Exodus" that sheds light on this time period and the events in latter Genesis, Exodus and Joshua.
I love the story of Rahab...the fact that she is saved by her faith, despite the Ban of Deuteronomy 7, shows that there was still hope for Canaanites. She was a prostitute and a Gentile, and yet she was brave in her faith and showed hesed (loving kindness) to the spies, while asking for it in return so she can save herself and her family. Love the story, and I love the design you gave her! What inspired that sort of design? It seems almost Egyptian
Some of her design was based on the idea that Canaan may have been influenced by some of the major cultures surrounding them at the time. Egypt, certainly could have been one along with the Hittite and Assyrian nations. Wearing beads and even coins would have been possible to gain attraction for a woman such as Rahab.
Yes, the same Rahab who hid the spies, not only was spared during the battle of Jericho by putting a red string on the window to indicate to Caleb and Joshua to spare her and her family, was the same woman in the ancestory of Christ (see Matthew Chapter 1). Solomon's mother, Bathsheba (wife of Uriah the Hittite), as well as Tamar (daughter of David, sister of Absalom, raped by her brother Amnon) was also included, along with Ruth, the Moabite woman who married Boaz, the kinsman-redeemer (a foreshadowing of Christ). Ruth is the great-great grandmother of King David. Boaz's son was Obed, who had Jesse, the father of David.
Erm, "merciful" God? Are you forgetting she and her family are the only survivors of a city about to be utterly destroyed by God? The same God who encouraged the Israelites to genocide so they could reside in their 'romised land?' The same God who controlled and manipulated the Egyptian Pharaoh into keeping the Israelites as slaves in an absurd power play, which resulted in the deaths of the Egyptian first borns and who knows how many others?
I think using the term "merciful" is giving him more credit than he's due.
I really like this story in the Bible. It always served as a reminder to me that God looks at the heart not the outward man. Even when she lied she was doing the right thing by saving the two men's lives. Great pic.