By: Ely Lagajino
So they said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.” Acts 16:31 (NKJV)
Before crossing the Jordan, Joshua sent two spies to enter the walled city of Jericho. Their mission was to assess the strength of their armies, and their population. Conquering this strong fortified city would mean an easy way to overcome other parts of the country.
Perhaps the two spies were able to pass the checkpoint at the city entrance by disguising themselves as fruit merchants. Inside the city, guards roamed on red alert. After noon time the spies visited the prostitution house to gather information without being suspected.
Rahab the prostitute, told them that when the city populace learned that the Israelites defeated two Amorite and five Midianite kings, they grew terrified. “And as soon as we heard these things, our hearts melted, 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.” She declared.
While they were conversing, they heard the guards coming. Rahab hid the two spies on her rooftop and covered them with grass.
When the guards entered her house and confronted Rahab, she told that they had left before the closing of the gates. She assured them that they could still overtake the spies. When the guards left, Rahab went upstairs and requested the spies to save her and her family when the city should be taken. The spies promised to protect them in exchange for her kindness. Then she lowered the two Israelites over the wall and told them to hide for three days because the guards continued searching.
At the camp, the Israelites grew excited to hear the spies’report. For the meantime, Joshua advised them to store food for three days as the army prepared for battle.
Orders to advance were issued and the people promised to obey God’s command through their new leader, Joshua.
PP pp.53; Joshua 2