Jericho - Land of Contradiction

Joshua 2:1-6 (ESV)

And Joshua the son of Nun sent two men secretly from Shittim as spies, saying, “Go, view the land, especially Jericho.” And they went and came into the house of a prostitute whose name was Rahab and lodged there. And it was told to the king of Jericho, “Behold, men of Israel have come here tonight to search out the land.” Then the king of Jericho sent to Rahab, saying, “Bring out the men who have come to you, who entered your house, for they have come to search out all the land.” But the woman had taken the two men and hidden them. And she said, “True, the men came to me, but I did not know where they were from. And when the gate was about to be closed at dark, the men went out. I do not know where the men went. Pursue them quickly, for you will overtake them.” But she had brought them up to the roof and hid them with the stalks of flax that she had laid in order on the roof.

Rahab recognized the men of Israel, and knew that they were spying out the land. She chose to hide the men, and even made a deal with them to save her from the coming destruction. She then LIED to the King of Jericho. Is this bad? By lying and hiding them, she saved their lives and in turn, they made a deal with her to save her life.

Joshua agreed to the terms when told about it. So Rahab and all her family were saved, because she honored the Lord by protecting the Israelites. She lied to protect the people of Israel. She saved her family by defying the King of Jericho. She abandoned her former way of life and became a convert to Judaism.

What can we do to apply this to our lives? We must realize that the Lord can come to us anytime, and in any way that He chooses. We should be continually attentive, in case He should choose to visit us. But, as there are false prophets out there as well, we need to test all spirits. We need to compare what anyone says to the Scriptures to see if what they see holds up.

Spend some time this weekend reading the rest of the story of the destruction of Jericho, and see what other lessons you learn from the story.

by Virgil Stripes

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