“What do you mean? Why do we all have to go to your house?”
Rahab gathered her family together and was begging them to listen to her. Her story was preposterous, but these days were tense, everyone in the town knew they were on the brink of a siege.
Her family knew full-well of her “profession” and didn’t want to be associated with it. They didn’t discuss this apple who seemed to have fallen so far away from their family tree. Now Rahab was spinning this unbelievable story about these “special” men who had come to her house.
Normally only men “visited” Rahab’s house and usually under the cover of night. The women who lived there did so out of necessity; having to support themselves in some way. But these two male visitors were different, sent by Joshua, on a mission to spy out their land.
Rahab had heard how the Lord of these men had dried up the Red Sea. She heard how Sihon and Og, two Amorite kings and more this Lord had completely destroyed. Now these men of God were here, in her land; Rahab knew things were going to get ugly.
They asked only for a place to hide. The men needed protection. They were being hunted by the king of Jericho who wanted them dead. Rahab hid them on the roof of her house, covered them with flax and gave them instructions not to move.
The king of Jericho sent a threatening 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.”
Rahab began her necessary lie, “Yes, the men came to me, but I did not know where they had come from. 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.” The kings messengers left heading down the road Rahab pointed to.
Thoughts flew through her head as she prepared a place for the spies to spend the night. What was she going to do? She needed protection for her and her family when the fighting broke out.
Rahab pleaded with the men, “I know that the Lord has given this land to you and that a great fear of you has fallen on us, so that all who live in this country are melting in fear because of you. “ She continued, “Now then please swear to me by the Lord that you will show kindness to my family, because I have shown kindness to you.”
The men, grateful for the protection and the hospitality of Rahab, assured her, “Our lives for your lives!”
Could Rahab trust the promise of these strangers? Trusting men was not her forte’. But did she have a choice?
Plans were made and the course set for the coming days. Rahab was relieved, yet still anxious because there was so much that still had to be done; the first of which was to getting her entire family to believe her and to come to her home.
After great pleading, Rahab’s family came to her house and were spared. Three days passed. The pursuers gave up and went back to the king of Jericho without their spoils.
Trust gave birth to righteousness; faith was born. Rahab was relieved yet still anxious-there was so much that had to be done. The first of which was to get her family on-board with this plan and then to get them all to her house.
Story based on Joshua 2