Growing with God: A daily devotional with Tonia Slimm.
Joshua 2:14-16 (NIV)
“Our lives for your lives!” the men assured her. “If you don’t tell what we are doing, we will treat you kindly and faithfully when the Lord gives us the land.” So she let them down by a rope through the window, for the house she lived in was part of the city wall. She said to them, “Go to the hills so the pursuers will not find you. Hide yourselves there three days until they return, and then go on your way.”
Joshua 2:14-16 (MSG)
“Our lives for yours!” said the men. “But don’t tell anyone our business. When God turns this land over to us, we’ll do right by you in loyal mercy.” She lowered them down out a window with a rope because her house was on the city wall to the outside. She told them, “Run for the hills so your pursuers won’t find you. Hide out for three days and give your pursuers time to return. Then get on your way.”
“So the men said to her, “Our lives for yours if you do not tell [anyone about] this business of ours; then when the Lord gives us the land we will show you kindness and faithfulness [and keep our agreement with you]. Then she let them down by a rope through the window, for her house was built into the city wall, so that she was living on the wall. And she said to them, “Go [west] to the hill country, so that the pursuers [who have headed east] will not encounter you; hide yourselves there for three days until the pursuers return. Then afterward you can go your way.” -AMPLIFIED
Yesterday we looked at Rahab’s tenacity and we read of her choice for the Eternal One. She could have so easily betrayed the two spies; they were nothing to her. Yet, because of the stories she had heard about the Eternal One, God, Most High; Rahab choose to hide the spies from her king. The fact that Rahab did not betray the spies was evidence of her faith in the One True God. She choose to side with the Israelites and thought nothing of asking for her life to be spared in the coming conquering of her nation.
We find the two spies responding with a very bold, promising statement. “You had the power to turn us in, but you saved us. Now we will do the same for you. If you will promise not to tell anyone what we were doing here, then you have our word: we will treat you with kindness and faithfulness when the Eternal One gives us the land.” -(VOICE)
We then find Rahab helping the men secretly escape from the city. Scripture tells us, “Since the rear wall of her house was actually part of the great city wall, she helped the men escape by simply lowering a rope for them from her window. Before they climbed down, she advised them to go into the mountains. That way you won’t be where the soldiers expect you to be. If you’ll hide there for three days, the pursuers should have returned here by then and you can go back safely.” -Joshua 2:15-16 (VOICE)
The parting words of the spies to Rahab were a warning to her. “We will keep the oath we have sworn to you, but only if you will follow these instructions: Gather all of your family here in this house, and tie this scarlet cord in the window where you let us down. If anyone goes out of the house and into the streets, then we can’t be responsible for what happens to them. They will be killed, and their blood will be on their hands, not on ours. We will be responsible if anything should happen to anyone you gather in here. But remember—all of this depends on you keeping your word. If you tell anyone our business, you will free us from our oath.” -Joshua 2:17-20 (VOICE)
Rahab agrees to everything the spies have said to her. As soon as the spies have climbed out the window to make their escape we find her tying the red thread to the window. She wasted no time. That scarlet thread was to be her salvation. The symbolism of that scarlet thread weaves in and out through Scripture. It is symbolic of the blood of the Passover Lamb that was placed on the door posts of the Israelites homes on that first Passover night. It all ties into and points to the blood of Jesus Christ our sacrificial Lamb. (Isn’t it amazing how God’s promise of a redeemer is repeated over an over again throughout Scripture?)
The Voice Translation has this footnote that sums up the story of Rahab. “The story of Rahab reminds us that throughout the history of Israel, unexpected people have stepped to the foreground to be used by God. Rahab is a woman in a male-centered world; and she is a prostitute, the kind of person we typically vilify. But if she doesn’t rescue these men—and help them escape with the information they have gained—this first campaign in the land of Canaan will fail, and the larger outcome may be complicated—or worse. Her reward is life for herself and those she loves, which tells us that even in a war story like this one, God can be merciful.” -(VOICE)
The most amazing thing of all is that God rewarded Rahab’s faith in Him and her willingness to help His people who were in need. She is mentioned seven times in Scripture and of those seven, five times she is referred to as “the prostitute or harlot”. We find, though, that it was through her family tree that many of the great people of the Bible came; including the Messiah. “Salmon was the father of Boaz by Rahab, Boaz was the father of Obed by Ruth, and Obed the father of Jesse. Jesse was the father of David the king. David was the father of Solomon by Bathsheba who had been the wife of Uriah…Jacob was the father of Joseph the husband of Mary, by whom Jesus was born, who is called the Messiah (Christ).” -Matthew 1 (AMP)
God’s amazing grace is quite able to save any of us from the deep pit of sin that we have dug ourselves into. He can take the lowest sinner, the biggest nobody and turn them into someone great; someone who can be used by the Most High God!
God, I am so thankful for that amazing grace that you extended to me. Thank you for not choosing favorites, but being willing to save a sinner such as I. Your love is so amazing! Throughout history you have taken the lowest of the low and changed them; using them to do great things for you. This fact fills my heart and mind with hope; your grace is enough to change me too. Thank you God for all you do. Use me to bring glory to yourself!