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May 2, 2021 | Doug Sauder
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“So the men answered her, ‘Our lives for yours, if none of you tell this business of ours. And it shall be, when the Lord has given us the land, that we will deal kindly and truly with you.’ Then she let them down by a rope through the window, for her house was on the city wall; she dwelt on the wall. And she said to them, ‘Get to the mountain, lest the pursuers meet you. Hide there three days, until the pursuers have returned. Afterward you may go your way.’”—Joshua 2:14–16 (NKJV)
Trust is a difficult thing to come by. And in a world full of fake news, it’s not hard to understand why. But sometimes we find ourselves in situations where trust is vital to our survival.
In our passage today, these men put their lives in the hands of Rahab. The ESV translation says, “Our life for yours even to death!” They were pledging an oath to her on their very soul. This is an example of both the spy’s faith in Rahab and Rahab’s faith in the spies. She is trusting that these men will not only protect her but also her family when the Lord delivers the land to them.
Ask yourself: How difficult would it be to put your trust in a stranger? To trust that a stranger with no ties to you will keep his or her word in a life or death situation? And here’s where it gets even dicier: The one thing Rahab actually knew about these strangers was they were spies! She was putting her life on the line for the men God had sent to spy out the land. The faith and trust that Rahab had was not only supernatural, but also very encouraging for us today.
Rahab was smart and knew the land; she knew that the window she let them down from would lead them to covering in the hills. It would have been known by both the spies and Rahab that these hills surrounding Jericho were filled with caves, and those caves would provide safety for them. She tells them to wait for three days. There is a clear parallel to the gospel here with the men hiding in the caves. Just as Jesus was buried in a tomb for three days, these men sought safety in the caves. Jesus rose from the grave, bringing new life and salvation while the spies brought plans of salvation to the people of Israel, and for Rahab and her family.
I see this as such a challenge to my own faith. Seeing how the men had faith that Rahab was not trying to sell them, and how Rahab had faith that these men would spare her and her family, I ask myself, do I have that kind of faith? Do I trust in the Lord the way that Rahab and the spies trusted each other? Do I put my circumstances, my decisions, and my future in the hands of the Lord this way? If not, I, and maybe you, need to ask what is keeping me from trusting the Lord with everything.
DIG: Read Psalm 117 and reflect on the merciful nature of God.
DISCOVER: Ask God to show you areas in your life where you need to have an increased measure of faith.
DO: Pray that God would increase your faith—faith in Him, faith in family, the people you work with, and with people you meet throughout our day.