Joshua 2 New International Version (NIV)
Rahab and the Spies
2 Then Joshua son of Nun secretly sent two spies from Shittim. “Go, look over the land,” he said, “especially Jericho.” So they went and entered the house of a prostitute named Rahab and stayed there.
2 The king of Jericho was told, “Look, some of the Israelites have come here tonight to spy out the land.” 3 So the king of Jericho sent this message to Rahab: “Bring out the men who came to you and entered your house, because they have come to spy out the whole land.”
4 But the woman had taken the two men and hidden them. She said, “Yes, the men came to me, but I did not know where they had come from. 5 At dusk, when it was time to close the city gate, they left. I don’t know which way they went. Go after them quickly. You may catch up with them.” 6 (But she had taken them up to the roof and hidden them under the stalks of flax she had laid out on the roof.)
Devotion by Laurie Spencer
This story sounded so familiar to me. I had to read it a few times before I realized that it reminds me of what the three Wise men did in the Christmas story.
The Magi Visit the Messiah
7 Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared. 8 He sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search carefully for the child. As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him.”
9 After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen when it rose went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. 10 When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. 11 On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. 12 And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route.
Do you see the similarity? The prostitute in the Joshua story and the Wise men in the book of Matthew both undermined authority, disregarded orders and made bold choices to protect what they held so dear.
Last week there were two big anniversaries (other than D-Day of course) that caught my attention. The 20th anniversary of the student uprising in Tiananmen Square, and the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots in New York City. In both instances they undermined authority, disregarded orders and made bold choices to protect what they held so dear. How many other examples can you think of?