It was an ordinary evening in Jericho when two spies knocked on Rahab's door. Joshua sent them inside the walls of the city to collect information on the layout of the land.
The two spies needed a place to lodge while they completed their mission. Rahab opened her house to them.
The king heard the spies were at Rahab's house. He called for her. In Joshua 2:3, he said to Rahab "Bring out the men who have come to you, who have entered your house, for they have come to search out all the country."
Rahab hid the two men on her roof in stalks of flax. She told the king and his men the spies had left the city through the closing gate. The king's men pursued the two spies by the road to Jordan. It was dark, and they shut the gate behind them.
The people of Jericho heard how God parted the water of the Red Sea for the children of Israel to cross. Rahab knew the Lord, "God in heaven above and on earth beneath," had given them Jericho.
She asked the two men to spare her and her family in the battle for Jericho. The men agreed.
Rahab let them down by a red rope through her window outside the city wall. Then the men told her in Joshua 2:18, "Bind this line of scarlet cord in the window through which you have let us down." The scarlet cord was a sign of their oath to Rahab. Everyone inside the house would be safe during the battle.
Did you know Rahab became a child of God and dwelled in Canaan with the Israelites? She married Salmon, son of Nahshon. Salmon and Rahab had a son. His name was Boaz. Salmon and Rahab's great-great-grandson was king David.
In our children's picture book, The Lamb, young readers will embark on an adventure to Israel and count Jacob sheep that can be traced back to the book of Genesis.
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Parent Tip: Oral story-telling increases vocabulary in young children and sets the foundation for reading. Talk with your child about your family's genealogy and share memories of loved ones. Draw a family tree together.