The idea of these little devotionals is simple. I want to approach scripture with the understanding that God is speaking. I’m reading through the Bible and listening for God to ask me questions. I expect these questions to be fairly open-ended and plan to carry them in my mind throughout the day. I’ll share these questions with you in the hope that you find them challenging and helpful.
22 But to the two men who had spied out the land, Joshua said, “Go into the prostitute’s house and bring out from there the woman and all who belong to her, as you swore to her.” 23 So the young men who had been spies went in and brought out Rahab and her father and mother and brothers and all who belonged to her. And they brought all her relatives and put them outside the camp of Israel. 24 And they burned the city with fire, and everything in it. Only the silver and gold, and the vessels of bronze and of iron, they put into the treasury of the house of the Lord. 25 But Rahab the prostitute and her father’s household and all who belonged to her, Joshua saved alive. And she has lived in Israel to this day, because she hid the messengers whom Joshua sent to spy out Jericho.
26 Joshua laid an oath on them at that time, saying, “Cursed before the Lord be the man who rises up and rebuilds this city, Jericho.
“At the cost of his firstborn shall he
lay its foundation,
and at the cost of his youngest son
shall he set up its gates.”
27 So the Lord was with Joshua, and his fame was in all the land.
From this passage I hear God asking me:
Think about what Rahab’s family might have been like.
Father, mother and brothers…and all her relatives. (v.23)
Do you think they approved of her lifestyle?
Did you notice where they were taken? Outside the camp of Israel.
But they “lived in Israel to this day.”
Do you think they were accepted?
Do you think she continued being a prostitute?
What if she did? Would it change the story at all?
Why do you think this information is omitted?
Would you have befriended her?
Would you have figured “once a prostitute, always a prostitute”?
Who do you “write off” as un-redeemable?
Is God asking you anything more, or anything different?
I’d love to hear from you in the comments below.