SCRIPTURE READING: Joshua 2
SITUATION: Joshua sent two men to spy out the land of Jericho. They went in the evening and ended up at the house of a prostitute named Rahab where they lodged.
- Why did the king of Jericho send men to Rahab’s house? (verses 2, 3)
- What did Rahab say to them? (verses 4, 5)
- Where were the two spies? (verse 6)
- Why is Rahab helping them? (verses 8-11)
- What did she want in return? (verses 12, 13)
- The spies agree to help her on one condition. What was it? (verse 14)
- What instructions did Rahab give the spies? (verse 16)
- What did the spies tell Rahab to do? What were the consequences if she or her family did not comply? (verses 17-19)
- What did Rahab do after the spies left? (verse 21)
- What did the two men say to Joshua when they returned? (verse 24)
- What did Joshua say about Rahab on the day that Jericho would be destroyed? (Joshua 6:17)
- Did the spies keep their bargain with Rahab? (verses 6:22, 23)
- What became of Rahab? (verse 25; Matthew 1:5)
Rahab was a Canaanite prostitute who believed in the God of Israel. In faith, she received the two spies and hid them so that they could carry out their plan to destroy the city of Jericho. Rahab believed that the God of heaven and earth would give the land to the Israelites. She acted on that belief by hiding the men and lying to the king’s men to protect them. She realized that salvation had come to her house and she decided to accept it. She made a deal with the spies and did as they told her, trusting that they would keep their word. She kept her promise to them and did not tell anyone what was going to happen. In exchange for her kindness to them, she and her family were saved from destruction. Rahab married Salmon, an Israelite and she gave birth to Boaz, the great-grandfather of King David. She is part of Jesus’ genealogy and is mentioned in the Hall of Faith in Hebrews 11:31. James commends her for her faith which was accompanied by works (James 2:25).
- When the king’s men questioned Rahab about the two spies, she lied to them. Are there times when lying is justifiable?
- Was Rahab saved by the grace of God or by lying to the king’s men?