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Friday, May 17 2019
A Bible Journey, 189: The House Of Rahab
"And they went, and came into an harlot's house, named Rahab, and lodged there"
Joshua was not spiritually blind (see A Bible Journey, 188: What Did The LORD Command Joshua To Do?) or a typical egotistical fool who lusted to "lead" for the sake of no one but himself (see A Bible Journey, 144: The Succession Of Joshua and The First Narcissist: Satan's Psychiatric Disorder).
Nor was Joshua militarily blind. As such, he knew the wisdom of awareness gathering - to know the enemy. He had learned that, not only as the later military commander of Israel, under the LORD (see also A Bible Journey, 138: What Happened In The Book Of The Wars Of The LORD?), but as one of the scouts that had been sent by Moses to explore the land forty years earlier (see A Bible Journey, 130: The Journey Of The Scouts and A Bible Journey, 154: How The Rebellion Changed History).
Just prior to the crossing of the Jordan River, Joshua sent scouts into the land of Canaan. "And they went, and came into an harlot's house, named Rahab, and lodged there."
"2:1 And Joshua the son of Nun sent out of Shittim two men to spy secretly, saying, Go view the land, even Jericho.
There has long been controversy with the translated word "harlot" for Rahab. Despite that translation (and illustrations that often portray Rhab as a harlot), some believe that the Canaanite woman of Jericho was actually an "innkeeper," or the manager of the inn that was owned by her family - all of whom lived there i.e. "my father, and my mother, and my brethren, and my sisters." As well, soldiers in the midst of a very dangerous mission don't go to a whorehouse, but they do make use of natural cover - public inns or hotels where strangers or travelers are generally not regarded as suspicious.
Nevertheless, by whatever means, the king of Jericho was informed that Israelites had entered Rahab's premises.
"2:2 And it was told the king of Jericho, saying, Behold, there came men in hither to night of the children of Israel to search out the country. 2:3 And the king of Jericho sent unto Rahab, saying, Bring forth the men that are come to thee, which are entered into thine house: for they be come to search out all the country." (Joshua 2:2-3 KJV)
Rahab, rather than reporting them, as she could very easily have done, safely hid them.
"2:4 And the woman took the two men, and hid them, and said thus, There came men unto me, but I wist not whence they were: 2:5 And it came to pass about the time of shutting of the gate, when it was dark, that the men went out: whither the men went I wot not: pursue after them quickly; for ye shall overtake them. 2:6 But she had brought them up to the roof of the house, and hid them with the stalks of flax, which she had laid in order upon the roof. 2:7 And the men pursued after them the way to Jordan unto the fords: and as soon as they which pursued after them were gone out, they shut the gate." (Joshua 2:4-7 KJV)
Why did Rahab do it? She did it because she was a believer in the existence and the power of the LORD (Who was and is Jesus Christ; see The Real Jesus: The Word Of The LORD God and A Bible Journey, 56: The Sacred Name).
Rahab made an agreement with them that would not only save the lives of Rahab and her family from the imminent Israelite onslaught, it would make them citizens of Israel: "6:25 And Joshua saved Rahab the harlot alive, and her father's household, and all that she had; and she dwelleth in Israel even unto this day; because she hid the messengers, which Joshua sent to spy out Jericho." (Joshua 6:25 KJV).
"2:8 And before they were laid down, she came up unto them upon the roof; 2:9 And she said unto the men, I know that the LORD hath given you the land, and that your terror is fallen upon us, and that all the inhabitants of the land faint because of you. 2:10 For we have heard how the LORD dried up the water of the Red sea for you, when ye came out of Egypt; and what ye did unto the two kings of the Amorites, that were on the other side Jordan, Sihon and Og, whom ye utterly destroyed. 2:11 And as soon as we had heard these things, our hearts did melt, neither did there remain any more courage in any man, because of you: for the LORD your God, he is God in heaven above, and in earth beneath. 2:12 Now therefore, I pray you, swear unto me by the LORD, since I have shewed you kindness, that ye will also shew kindness unto my father's house, and give me a true token: 2:13 And that ye will save alive my father, and my mother, and my brethren, and my sisters, and all that they have, and deliver our lives from death.
The Israelite scouts then made their escape and returned to report to Joshua.
"2:15 Then she let them down by a cord through the window: for her house was upon the town wall, and she dwelt upon the wall. 2:16 And she said unto them, Get you to the mountain, lest the pursuers meet you; and hide yourselves there three days, until the pursuers be returned: and afterward may ye go your way.
Fact Finder: Rahab was a Canaanite who became an Israelite. Was the mother of the first Jews a Canaanite? What does the Bible actually say about Canaanites?
This Day In History
This Day In History, May 17
218: The 7th recorded perihelion (the point in the orbit of a planet or comet where it is nearest to the sun) passage of Halley's Comet (see also Creation Day 2: The Heaven Above, The Waters Below and What Can You See In The Firmament Of The Heavens? and The Christian Universe).
395: Upon the death of Emperor Theodosius I, the Roman Empire was no longer ruled by a single leader (see also The Roman Border Walls Paradox). Theodosius had divided the empire into western and eastern portions, thereby creating the prophesied "two legs" of the prophecy given to King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon (see The Prophet Daniel: Nebuchadnezzar's Image). The western leg became dominated by the Church of Rome.
1377: Pope Gregory XI restored the papacy to Rome from Avignon, France, where it had resided for 72 years. It had been moved there by French Pope Clement V in 1305, to escape the political turmoil in Italy at the time (see The Struggle For The Papacy and The Little Big Horn; listen also to our Sermon Constantine's Papacy).
1521: Edward Stafford, the 3rd Duke of Buckingham, was executed for treason.
1562: The Edict of St. Germain permitted the Huguenots (Protestants) in France.
1590: Anne of Denmark was crowned Queen of Scotland.
1620: The first merry-go-round at a fair, in Philippapolis, Turkey.
1756: Britain declared war on France, beginning the so-called "French and Indian War."
Although known only as "the French and Indian War" in the U.S., it was actually a world war, fought on a larger geographic scale (Europe, North America, Central America, the West African coast, India, and the Philippines) than the two world wars of the twentieth century.
1773: The Resolution, under Captain James Cook, became the first ship to enter Antarctic waters.
1805: Muhammad Ali became the Governor of Egypt.
1808: Napoleon I of France (Napoleon Bonaparte) ordered the annexation of the Papal States into the French Empire.
1809: The Papal States were annexed by France.
1814: Denmark ceded Norway to Sweden.
1902: Greek archaeologist Valerios Stais discovered the Antikythera mechanism, an ancient mechanical analog computer (see also The Abacus - The First Computer).
1912: Captain Robert Scott's expedition reached the South Pole, a month after Roald Amundsen of Norway.
1940: At the start of the Second World War (1939-1945; see also The Assassination That Triggered Two World Wars), Germany occupied Brussels, Belgium and began the invasion of France.
1945: The Soviet Red Army liberated and occupied Warsaw, Poland, from German forces (see also Russia Or Europe - Who Has Been The Invader?).
1966: A U.S. B-52 bomber collided in mid-air with a refuelling tanker over Spain. 8 people were killed, and the bomber released its H-bomb into the Atlantic (see also Who Would Throw A Nuclear Boomerang? and Guns Versus Butter).
1990: "Enlightened leaders" of the World Health Organization (WHO) removed homosexuality from its official list of psychiatric diseases.
2004: Massachusetts became the first U.S. state to legalize homosexual "marriage" (see also Iniquity In History And Prophecy).