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People of the Bible: Joshua & Rahab

Updated: Mar 10, 2022

Book of the Bible: Joshua 1-6

Who was Joshua?

  • He was one of the 12 spies Moses sent to scout the Promised Land (he had a positive report like Caleb did)

  • He led the Israelites into the Promised Land after Moses died

Who was Rahab?

  • A woman who lived in Jericho, a city in the Promised Land

  • She is remembered for her faith and empathy

Once Joshua took leadership of the Israelites it was time for them to enter into the Promised Land. Like Moses had done before him, Joshua sent spies to scout the land. He told them to especially scout the city of Jericho.

When the spies entered Jericho they met a woman named Rahab and she let the spies stay at her house. But someone told the king of Jericho that some Israelites were at Rahab’s house and he didn’t like that so he told Rahab to kick the men out. But Rahab didn’t listen to the king, instead, she hid the men and told the people to go look for them somewhere else.

Rahab did this because she had heard how God was with the Israelites and how he was the one and only God. Everyone in the city was scared of God and the Israelites because they knew they were powerful. After the king and all the people looking for them left, Rahab snuck these two men out of the city and made them promise to not destroy her or her family. The spies agree because she had saved their lives by hiding them in her house.

After the spies returned to the camp they told Joshua that God had given them the land because everyone was already terrified of them. So, Joshua led the Israelites to Jericho and marched around the city for 7 days until the walls fell down. Once the walls fell, the Israelites destroyed Jericho and everyone in it except Rahab because she had shown kindness to the spies.

Key Takeaways:

  • Love Others

  • Be Kind to People in Need

  • God is with you wherever you go

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