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Joshua 2: Belief from an Unbeliever

Joshua chapter two contains one of the more well-known Bible stories. The Israelites spies snuck into Jericho, and Rahab protected them from the soldiers that were looking for them.

Of course, in effect, she was committing treason. I don’t know a lot about the law in Jericho, but I assume that she would have faced a severe punishment if they knew that she was hiding the enemy.

However, she still decided to go through it, and she explained a little bit of why she went through with that.

Jos 2:9  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.

Jos 2:10  For 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.

Jos 2:11  And 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.

Jos 2:12  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:

Jos 2:13  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.

The Israelites and specifically God has already acquired a reputation. She knew that whenever they came to a city, they overran it. In fact, even though Jericho had giant walls, she apparently knew that somehow, those defenses would fail.

She recognized that God had more power than any city. Even though she surely did not worship God at this time, she recognized that there was something different about the God of the Israelites. She knew that whatever god she was worshiping at the time in Jericho was virtually powerless.

Even someone who would surely not have identified as a follower of God recognized His incredible power and knew that it was better to be on His side.

How much more then should those of us who know God have faith in his power? Shouldn’t we realize that He can get us through anything? If Rahab was willing to commit treason, we should at least be willing to trust God Himself to control our lives.