So two Israelis go into a prostitute’s house…

Joshua 2:1 Then Joshua son of Nun secretly sent two spies from Shittim. “Go, look over the land,” he said, “especially Jericho.” So they went and entered the house of a prostitute named Rahab and stayed there.

Good for Joshua sending spies into the land to check out what they would be facing.  I’m not so sure about the spies.  As I was reading this today, it struck me funny – an odd funny really.  It says here that Joshua sent spies into the land and told them to look over Jericho.  I would expect the next sentence to read, “so they secretly went into Jericho and spied out all the land.”  But it doesn’t say that at all.  Instead, it says that they went and entered the house of a prostitute.  This sounds like the making of a really bad joke: so two Israelis go into a prostitute’s house…   Now I had to ask myself if these guys actually did the job they were supposed to do or, ahem… got sidetracked.

So I thought about it for a while, trying to figure out what two Israeli dudes were doing at a prostitute’s house in Jericho.  Were they really doing undercover work? (No pun intended)  Finally I came to the conclusion that they actually did keep to the task they were assigned.  After all, if they would have done business with Rahab, God surely would have struck them dead or something.  Or at least He would have told Joshua, who would have called them on it.  But neither of those things happened.  Rather, Rahab the prostitute gave them all the information they needed to know.  She hid them at her house and helped them escape.

Isn’t it just like God to use the most unlikely people? The thing is, it’s actually the most brilliant hiding spot possible in the whole town.  If the two foreigners were to have come into town and gone to the market, they would have been noticed.  If they would have tried to stay at a hotel, someone would have caught on.  If they started interviewing people on the streets, they surely would have been arrested.  But instead, it just looked like a couple of foreigners strolling into town looking to do a little “business” with the local prostitute.  No one suspected anything wrong with that.  And because of that, they were able to find out all they needed to know.  Because of that, they were able to escape.  All because God had them go to an unlikely refuge.

I guess the lesson today is this: don’t underestimate what God can do with anyone or any place.  He will use the least likely for His glory.  He will show up in places you least expect Him.  He’s been doing it for thousands of years and yet we still expect Him to conform to our “box.”  He’s an outside the box God, so be prepared to be amazed by how He works!

2 thoughts on “So two Israelis go into a prostitute’s house…

  1. Pastor Brad,
    I love this and it is thought provoking not to mention funny. One thing I would like to say is that God
    is always listening to the heart of humanity. He knows the longings i.e. Ex. 3:7 “I have surely seen the oppression of My people who are in Egypt, and have heard their cry because of their taskmasters, for I know their sorrows. V8 So I have come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians …..”
    So it was with Rahab. Josh. 2:9-11 “I know that the LORD has given you the land that the terror of you has fallen on us…..V 10 For we have heard how the LORD dried up the water of the Red Sea…V11 And as soon as we heard these things, our hearts melted…..the LORD your God, He is God……” I wonder if Rahab was a 40 year witness for the God of Israel before the spies came to Jericho. Just food for thought.

  2. And not only did Rahab help in this episode, she eventually became the mother of Boaz. Boaz is the kinsman-redeemer we read about in the book of Ruth (an amazing study). Not only that, but Boaz and Ruth become the great grandparents of King David; that puts them in the geneology of Jesus. AMAZING!

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