Joshua 2 Commentary
Joshua is aware of the scandalous report by the twelve spies and the doubt that ensued 40 years earlier. He would send spies but secretly. The number would be two and not twelve. Failure makes us wiser! The Mossad (Israeli Intelligence) would not repeat the same mistake!
The story of a prostitute who hosted the two spies and later on became the human ancestor of the man Jesus Christ underlines the importance of chapter 2. Her importance is heightened by the fact that she is one of the only 5 women that are mentioned by name in the genealogy of Jesus Christ that Matthew presents. You may want to read into this special cast of Tamah, Rahab, Ruth, Bathsheba and Mary. It’s a blessing to read about Rahab in this Chapter.
In her line of business she met many people. Two strange customers happened to be spies sent by Joshua. Joshua’s decision to send two spies secretly is a direct departure from the past where Moses sent 12 spies publicly. The Mossad did a good job and Rahab the prostitute was a good decoy and importantly she was a trusted informer. Her very words were reported to Joshua and formed the basis for an assault on the city-state.
Can a murderer find salvation in Jesus Christ? The story of Rahab says yes. This is the main pick from this story. In the book of Hebrews in the New Testament, the Holy Spirit references this very story as a moment of faith to be emulated. But to the original audience Rahab’s faith was an indictment on the nation that should have believed more. They had both seen and actually experienced these very great works that this stranger only heard about.
The saint today stands accused in the dock. It is Rahab’s faith that is condemning the saint who has experienced so much of God’s grace, yet finds space in his heart for doubt. There should be more about this woman who steals her way into the genealogy of the Messiah. The message is that Jesus will by no means reject them that come to him. And when it is done, Jesus will not hesitate to tell the entire creation who the mother is. There is no longer shame. The cleansing is complete and the sins are remembered no more.
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