Joshua Chapter 2

Joshua 2

1And Joshua the son of Nun sent out of Shittim two men to spy secretly, saying, Go view the land, even Jericho. And they went, and came into an harlot’s house, named Rahab, and lodged there.

2And 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.

3And 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.

4And the woman took the two men, and hid them, and said thus, There came men unto me, but I wist not whence they were:

5And 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.

6But 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.

7And 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.

8And before they were laid down, she came up unto them upon the roof;

9And 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.

10For 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.

11And 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.

12Now 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:

13And 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.

14And the men answered her, Our life for yours, if ye utter not this our business. And it shall be, when the LORD hath given us the land, that we will deal kindly and truly with thee.

15Then she let them down by a cord through the window: for her house was upon the town wall, and she dwelt upon the wall.

16And 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.

17And the men said unto her, We will be blameless of this thine oath which thou hast made us swear.

18Behold, when we come into the land, thou shalt bind this line of scarlet thread in the window which thou didst let us down by: and thou shalt bring thy father, and thy mother, and thy brethren, and all thy father’s household, home unto thee.

19And it shall be, that whosoever shall go out of the doors of thy house into the street, his blood shall be upon his head, and we will be guiltless: and whosoever shall be with thee in the house, his blood shall be on our head, if any hand be upon him.

20And if thou utter this our business, then we will be quit of thine oath which thou hast made us to swear.

21And she said, According unto your words, so be it. And she sent them away, and they departed: and she bound the scarlet line in the window.

22And they went, and came unto the mountain, and abode there three days, until the pursuers were returned: and the pursuers sought them throughout all the way, but found them not.

23So the two men returned, and descended from the mountain, and passed over, and came to Joshua the son of Nun, and told him all things that befell them:

24And they said unto Joshua, Truly the LORD hath delivered into our hands all the land; for even all the inhabitants of the country do faint because of us.

32 thoughts on “Joshua Chapter 2

  1. vs 10 Everyone will hear of what is happening at POFW if we will continue to do God’s will in Fort Worth. COntinue to spread the message.

  2. A Scarlet Cord
    Jos 2:21

    I thought it was interesting that as soon as they completed their agreement she tied the scarlet cord in the window. She didn’t wait til they left the hills safely 3 days later, which is curious to the 3 days before Jesus’ resurrection, but that is another non-coincidential piece as well. She stood on the agreement right then right there, she didn’t take down the cord.. then put it on later. She knew that the Lord had given Israel the land that she lived on and that she would become an alien to it, much like when we die and become aliens to the world around us, she knew she needed saving and she stepped out in faith. When she saw her chance, she didn’t hesitate. She joined the cause of this God whom she believed to be greater than the gods worships by her people.vs11

    Back to what I really wanted to blog… some have recalled it the “scarlet thread” that weaves its way through all of scripture. The place of blood in the salvation story begins long before this Jericho event. In Moses’ day the sacrifical system required the blood of animals to cover the cost of sin. At the Passover, the blood of a spotless lamb marks the door post of each home, and the angel of death passes over it. When Rahab ties the scarlet cord in the window of her house, there is a gaurantee that all those within will be “passed over.” They will be spared the judgment that is to fall on their city. The image reminds me of the 1st passover, yet it also points to the future of today. One day all those who have been marked by the blood of the spotless Lamb of God, Jesus Christ, will be spared judgment and taken into the pressence of God. Those who do not bear this mark/seal/ Holy Ghost ..will be outside of God’s covering and will be lost.

    Is there hope for a women with a past, someone who has made bad decisions and given herself to a life of sin? Our enemy wants us to believe that nothing good can come from such a wreckage. But Rahab’s life demonstrates the benifts of believing God instead. When Rahab chose Him, He gave her a completely new life. And He sets no limits on her potential as his child. Scripture reveals that she continued to hold onto God, Mt 1:5 lists her as one of the forebearers of Jesus. And by choosing her like he did us -Gentile sinners- God confirms that he is the Savior of all peoples, for all time and all circumstances.

  3. 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
    Imagine for 40 years the people of Jericho had lived behind there walls scared that one day the hebrews would come.and they would lose everything when your going through a trial or the enemy is giving you a hard time encourage yourself with the fact that your victory already happened you just need to take it

  4. V21 “And she said, According unto your words, so be it…”

    This reminds me of preaching we’ve heard concerning salvation and Christian living: this isn’t Burger King Church, you can’t ‘have it your way.’ Rahab realized terms of peace would not come from her side but it was up to her to humble herself and accept the terms offered to her if she was to live. The same goes for us today. We don’t call the shots on this salvation thing, we don’t get to decide what’s holy living, but it is our decision to obey the Gospel and work out our own salvation “with fear and trembling.”

    Rahab’s humility echoes another notable woman of the Bible. Luke 1:38 “And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her.”

    It is amazing what God can do in our lives if we will surrender our lives (and our terms) and follow Him.

  5. v14….when the Lord gives us the land.

    What a different profession than those who first spied out the land that was promised them.

    This should aways be our profession: WHEN the Lord— not IF the Lord

  6. CODE RED

    18 Behold, when we come into the land, thou shalt bind this line of scarlet thread in the window which thou didst let us down by: and thou shalt bring thy father, and thy mother, and thy brethren, and all thy father’s household, home unto thee.

    There are several interesting facts about this encounter. The fact that GOD used a sinner to protect HIS own, has really caused me to consider how many times i have been blessed by someone that is not of the FAITH.

    Jericho was more fearful of the people of GOD that Israel even realized. When GOD is with a people HE instills a fear in the hearts of humanity.

    Most importantly the color RED. It was the RED Blood on the doorposts that delivered Israel out of Egypt. It is the RED rope that delivered these 2 spies and that will deliver Rahab and her house. Most importantly it is the RED BLOOD of JESUS that delivers us from sin and eternal destruction.

    CODE RED = Stay COVERED by the BLOOD of JESUS.

  7. Two spies are sent to explore Jericho. They are discorved but they are hidden by an prostitue named Rahab.Her actions are explaned as a faith response to God which contrast with the fear response of her fellow Canannites. Rehabs faith is honored and she and her family are promised safety when the Israelites over flow Jericho.In the spies report The terror felt by the people of Jericho is taken as evidence that God has given the whole land into our hands

  8. THE ENEMY THAT BECAME THE BLESSING.

    In this story we see the children of Israel going ,and coquering the land that God had promised them. They sent spies out in front to prepare for what may lie ahead of them. Jerico Was in their sights! So the two spies went out , and came upon Rahab,”The Enemy.” They found safety in her house in exchange for life. Now we know about the red cord, and how the spies were not found. But I want to bring out another point. If they did not spare her life than Jesus might not have born,because she is of the line of Daivd. How else would she have known about the children of Israel and what the Lord promised them. Now we can come into today , and say what would happen if we would reach a hand out to our enemies. You never know. They might be the key to your blessing.

    • I kinda just want to expand on this…it’s amazing how we can find provision in the camp of the enemy. Psalms 23:5 MSG says You serve me a six-course dinner right in front of my enemies.
      I think this very clearly illustrates that you have to get out of your comfort zone to get into your blessing. Not just for the spies, but for Rahab as well. God’s love extends to sinners and saints alike, and reaches for all, as illustrated in this story. He later would provide a victory of that city to the Israelites, AND made a plan of salvation for Rahab and her family…what a tremendous testimony.

  9. When?

    14And the men answered her, Our life for yours, if ye utter not this our business. And it shall be, when the LORD hath given us the land, that we will deal kindly and truly with thee.

    I like the way these men handled the situation but if the Lord has already promised something they’re answer should have been a little different. The answer could have possibly been “the Lord HAS given us this land…” yes, it was only a matter of time but it was already done.

    Claim your promise Over and over so your declaration of “When!” doesn’t turn into a question of “When?”

  10. V.10 For we have heard how the Lord dried up the water of the Red Sea for you, when ye came up 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. V.11 And as soon we had these things our hearts had 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. As God’s people testified his Name had been heard through out the world, His power and who he was and is. Rahab had heard the GREATNESS OF OUR GOD, faith was released in her, no matter how it came about she believed. that through the Grace of GOD she would be saved, not only her but Salvtion had come for here entire Family!! I am so thankful for His word that is alive, in Romans it says For there is no respect of persons with God. and also as it is written in Matthew, For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost.. I am so encouraged, comforted, and strengthend by God’s mercy and Grace for my life, the world has rejected me, judged me, hated me, but One thing i can truly say today that I AM is alive in me today.Jesus it is all bcause of you, For in you I live and move and have my being…<3

  11. iBlog (Breakfast)

    Marked Saints

    God has always “marked” his saints and those who fear him.

    ***Behold, when we come into the land, thou shalt bind this line of scarlet thread in the window…

    ***Exodus13 And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye are: and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt.

    ***New Testament Example

    21 Now he which stablisheth us with you in Christ, and hath anointed us, is God; 22 Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts.

    ***Revelation 9:4 And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads.

    ***Conclusion***

    We must be “sealed” with the blood. When the blood hits the altar of our heart, then the fire of the Holy Ghost falls and seals us until the day of redemption.

    We must remain faithful to Gods Word until the end or forfeit the promise of escaping Judgement.

  12. The mighty works of God where well known by the people of the land. I find it predictable that a harlot would beg for mercy but the upper and middle class where in there comfort zone. They made a covenant of sorts with Rahab with conditions . If she told anyone or betrayed them the deal was off. The scarlet cord was a shadow of the blood of Jesus. He who wore a Robe at his Crowning of King of the Jews with a crown of thorns. Rahab is like many of us, he took us from sin and made something of us through ‘HIS MERCY’.

  13. iBlog (lunch)

    ***Overview and History of Jericho (from internet)***

    The Old Testament city of Jericho was located at a strategic point. “Ancient Jericho is located at Tell es-Sultan, next to a copious spring, on the western edge of the Jordan Valley, just north of the Dead Sea.” It is also known in the Old Testament as “the city of the palm trees” or “the city of palms.” It was a great and prosperous city that defended the east side of the land of Canaan. “The position of the town, in a district of great fertility…secured its prosperity, while its situation at the gate of the great pass leading up from the Jordan valley to Jerusalem gave it strategical importance.” “It was inevitable that any invader, attempting to enter Palestine by the fords of the lower Jordan, should first become master of Jericho, for as long as this city was fortified, it commanded the roads up into the country.”
    Seated 620 feet below sea level the city of Jericho is the lowest city in the world. The climate here is semi-tropical and the annual rainfall is between four and six inches. The cities major crops include varieties of fruits, vegetables, and wheat, while vegetation in the area is limited to grass, small bushes, and some spring-flowering plants. The Encyclopedia Americana tells us that, “The characteristic vegetation is a species of lotus, Ziziphus Spina Christi, Christ’s thorn. Historical sources report the cultivation of sugarcane, balsam, and indigo at various times.”

    To properly understand the impact of this city we must understand a little bit more about it’s history and how it developed. A Neolithic settlement dated from 4000 – 3000BC is the first information that we have on Jericho. This settlement makes Jericho the oldest city in the world. The Babylonians founded the first actual city (City I) around 3000BC and it lasted until 2500BC. The second city (City II), again influenced by a Babylonian culture, was founded at this time and was destroyed around 2000BC. In 1900BC, the Canaanites built City III and it existed under their influence for 150 years until it became a Hyksos stronghold for another 150 years in 1750BC. Finally, in 1580BC, City IV – biblical Jericho, was founded under Egyptian domination. However, after about a hundred years the Egyptians allowed the Canaanites domestic sovereignty, while maintaining their control over the nations international affairs. It was at this time that the Israelites crossed the Jordan and began to conquer the land of Canaan. The city remained desolate after the time of Joshua until Hiel the Bethelite rebuilt the city around 900BC, with the exception of a few small settlements from 1285 – 1150BC.

    City IV was “four hundred and ninety-nine yards in length, one hundred and seventy-five yards wide.” The city was fortified by, “A redoubtable 6-foot thick wall was built on the edge of the mound. The inner wall was separated from it by a space of from twelve to fifteen feet and was itself twelve feet thick. The wall was originally about thirty feet high.” “The houses in Jericho were built of mud-brick, containing but few rooms. Some were thatched with palm leaves or reeds from the Jordan ferns,” “A number of ground-floor rooms…contained many large storage jars with carbonized grains, and also loomweights and saddle querns, which indicate that the street-level rooms served as working areas and possibly shops, while the second-story rooms were for living and bedrooms.” Jericho was doubtlessly a remarkable city and would have easily struck fear in the hearts of those who knew they needed to destroy it.

    In the Old Testament, we are able to trace the city of Jericho from the time of Joshua through the time of Nehemiah. We read about the city in connection with Joshua, during the time of the Judges, David mentions it, and we see Solomon fail to mention it. It is a point of disobedience during the reign of King Ahab and purification during the time of Elisha. It is mentioned in the return from captivity and also in connection with Nehemiah.

  14. 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:

    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.

    14 And the men answered her, Our life for yours, if ye utter not this our business. And it shall be, when the LORD hath given us the land, that we will deal kindly and truly with thee.

    Your word should have honor, what happened to the times where you gave your word to do something & it was carried as a contract. I am so happy that our Lord honor our promises, & that His Promises stand in truth. I wonder if she knew that when she utter those word she will be in the lineage of Jesus Christ the Lord of Lords, King of kings, Redeemer & Savior.

  15. as pastor has stated in service that we should treat everyone with love. this passage shows me that God can and will who He wants to in order to help His people. i know that i have been helped by people that served God and by people who didnt are wouldnt serve Him for whatever reason. God is God no matter how or who He uses. if we as a body of Christ continue in our prayers and reaching out to the lost, there is no telling who we could help to find God

  16. This chapter reminded me that God can use anyone at anytime. God will provide the way, if we will just get out of the way! Sometimes we just need to have faith and stop trying to figure things out for ourselves. God is in control!

  17. v11 “For the LORD your GOD, he is GOD in heaven in heaven above, and in earth beneath”

    We truly are blessed people . We serve a GREAT GOD! Just to know that the ” heaven and heaven of heavens cannot contain our GOD” 1 Kings 8:27
    Wow!.. That’s the GOD we are joint with!!!!
    LORD help us never to stray from you
    That’s why it’s important to know JESUS
    A relationship with HIM . GOD will lead and guide us.
    “I being in the way the LORD led me”
    Gen.24:27
    iPray because i desire more of HIM
    iWorship because HE is mindful of our need for HIM. Ps.115:12

  18. iBlog Dinner

    The Hebrew word for Rahab is as follows:
    H7343
    רחב
    râchâb
    raw-khawb’
    The same as H7342; proud; Rachab, a Canaanitess: – Rahab.

    ***Rahab means proud***

    (Jos 2:1) And Joshua the son of Nun sent out of Shittim two men to spy secretly, saying, Go view the land, even Jericho. And they went, and came into an harlot’s house, named Rahab, and lodged there.

    The fact that Rahab probably used her looks (or body) for personal gain is a simple illustration of the pride she posessed.

    ***Understanding Reality***

    Even though Rahab was full of sin, sobering reality hit her in the face as the Hebrews entered her house. She was convinced of her fate as she proclaimed ” 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.

    ***Rahab humbled her self and eventually became an ancestor of Jesus himself.

    NEW TESTIMENT SCRIPTURE

    (Heb 11:31) By faith the harlot Rahab perished not with them that believed not, when she had received the spies with peace.

    ***Conclusion***

    We must humble ourselves and have faith in God…God doesnt care about our past as much as he cares about our future.

  19. 1 And Joshua the son of Nun sent out of Shittim two men to spy secretly, saying, Go view the land, even Jericho. And they went, and came into an harlot’s house, named Rahab, and lodged there.

    Reading this reminds me that we as christians need to be careful not to become Sooo good we can’t touch the “unclean”. God can send us to anyone at anytime and we need to be real enough to go to them. I imagine these 2 men did not just pick a harlots house to hang out in. These 2 were hand picked by the man of God in their lives and had been living in the wilderness their entire lives knowing what had happened when their people had disobeyed God. They were probably not at a harlots house, something that God does not condone, by their own accord but rather God led them to someone willing to keep them safe and save their own family as well. If we keep a willing spirit and follow Gods directions He will make a way even when its not what, or who, we expect.

  20. 9And 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.

    10For 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.

    11And 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.

    The good news of what God had done previously was already proclaimed in the enemy territory and they had already considered themselves beaten before the children of Israel every arrived in the city of Jericho. When we, the children of God, begin proclaiming to the world what God has already done, and speaking by faith what God is going to do, (praise) this will confuse our enemies and victory will be wrought.

  21. God has always looked after his people. His protection surrounds us and keeps us safe. We must stay within God’s will if we desire to be covered by his blood.

  22. 24 ” We’re sure the LORD has given us the whole country,” they said. ” The people there shake with fear every time they think of us.”

    We should be a threat to the enemy bc of our relationship with God.

  23. (NIV) 11. When we heard of it, our hearts melted in fear and everyone’s courage failed because of you, for the LORD your God is God in heaven above and on the earth below.

    – Our enemies even fear God, because he is the Almighty One!

  24. There are actually two other instances in Scripture where men are fleeing out of windows to escape. Mikal (Sauls’ daughter) let David down threw their window when her dad King Saul threated to kill him (1 Sam 19:12). Ezekiel prophesied that the prince of Jerusalem would be carriedout threw a man mad whole in the wall (window if you will) to escape the Babylonians who will come and attack…the only difference on this prince is that he can flee but he can’t hide from God’s judgement. Any who, I just wanted to share that cool tid bit. Sometimes when God closes a door, he opens a window …literally. Its beautiful just when we think we are defeated, God makes a way for us to escape.

  25. By Rahab deciding to protect the people of God and shelter them she saved herself from the judgement of God later. It always payes to take care of the people of God.

  26. Everything the Lord had done had gone before the children of Israeal and now the testimony of what the Lord can do was breaking down all the resistance as God continued to perform his promises to his people! Thank you for the Power of a Testamony!

    Our Testimony: My God is well able to heal Kristy’s baby and all the testing done in Philadelphia will prove that a miracle has taken place! He has healed babies in the womb before and he is able to do it again! He can exceedly abundBy His stripes we were healed! We claim this healing in Jesus name! Kristy is feeling better today! Thank you Jesus!

  27. 18Behold, when we come into the land, thou shalt bind this line of scarlet thread in the window which thou didst let us down by: and thou shalt bring thy father, and thy mother, and thy brethren, and all thy father’s household, home unto thee.

    Scarlet… the color of blood. The wonderful blood that washed away our sins, Saved them too…

  28. 10For 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.

    11And 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.

    Other people in the areas were giving TESTEMONIES about what GOD had done for them. It not only was a way for the children of Isreal to remember what GOD promised them and how HE followed through with HIS promises, but also as a message for those in the land. When the people in the land spoke of what GOD did for the children of Isreal they were so afraid that none of the men had courage. They all feared GOD who controlled heaven and earth.

  29. This chapter illustrates alignment. Rahab was well aware as were all the others that she needed to unite herself with the children of Israel if she and her family were to live. Just as we must unite ourselves with the Lord if we are to live with him. May the good Lord bless you all in Jesus name, Amen

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