Jesus said – “For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.” (Lk 19:10 NASB) There is no place where this more evident than in the story of a woman named Rahab.
Joshua 2:1 And Joshua the son of Nun sent two men secretly from Shittim as spies, saying, “Go, view the land, especially Jericho.” And they went and came into the house of a prostitute whose name was Rahab and lodged there. ESV
The first question many might ask would be – “How in the world did these two Jewish men end up in the house of a harlot named Rahab?” There are several possibilities.
We could say that they were out for a night out on the town. Just two old boys, a long ways from home, and no one looking. However, I don’t believe that’s the reason. For Joshua to entrust these two men with this special assignment, they must been men of noble character. It is even believed by some that one of the two spies was named ‘Salmon’ who eventually took Rahab to be his wife and together they became a part of the ancestry of Jesus. (See Matthew 1:5-6)
We could say that they came upon her house by accident, but again I don’t believe that’s the reason. The more you read God’s Word and study the way He works, the more you realize that there is no such a thing as an accident in the life of God’s children. The Bible says that God does all things according to His pre-determined plan. (Eph 1:11)
Some say that they chose her house because it would be the least conspicuous place in town. Often the house of a harlot was also used as a motel. But being in such a public place was not a good idea. Note what happened to the two spies – Joshua 2:2 And it was told to the king of Jericho, “Behold, men of Israel have come here tonight to search out the land.” 3 Then the king of Jericho sent to Rahab, saying, “Bring out the men who have come to you, who entered your house, for they have come to search out all the land.” ESV
Another reason for them being there is because it was at a strategic location. The Bible teaches us that Rahab’s house was located on an outside wall of the city. (see Joshua 2:15) Being in such a strategic location would allow the two spies to escape quickly, which is exactly what they did.
All of these reasons might be a possibility, however, I believe that there was a reason that was much deeper and more meaningful. I believe that it was God guiding them to the house of someone who was ready to be saved. The Bible says that Jesus came to ‘seek and to save that which was lost’, and that’s exactly what He did in the life of Rahab. God sent the two spies to her house to help her find salvation.
Join me again tomorrow as we continue to study this wonderful story.