“What If” the Spies Lied to Rahab
For years this subject has been debated in Bible studies.
Did Rahab lie?
Read the story for yourself. You draw your own conclusions.
For those unfamiliar with the biblical account, Rahab was a harlot (prostitute). Two Israelite spies were sent into Jericho , the first city in Canaan, on a mission to spy out the land and they were seen going into her house. Nothing unusual. She's a prostitute. Men are always seen entering her house. But these men were different. The king was fully aware of their intentions and he demanded that she give up the spies. Rahab told the king’s men the spies did come to her house, but they left and she didn’t know where they went. Even though she said that, she knew that she herself had hid the spies on her rooftop.
What would call her statements?
* A slip of the lip?
* A misrepresentation of fact?
* A confused response?
What? You mean those spies? Oh! I thought you meant those spies? Spies come in and out of this place all the time! (O.o)
* A lie?
That's what she said. And … ??? The men just took her word. There is no indication they even searched the premises. What kind of loyal king's men were they? That part of the story by itself is incredible! Talk about slackers! (???)
When the king's men left, she made a deal with the spies for herself and her family: “I saved you. You save me and my family.” The spies agreed. The story goes that Rahab saved herself and her family from death and destruction, and is named in the Scriptures as a woman of faith.
Faith? I'll say. And love . And hope .
She knew herself. She knew her own heart and her own mind. She knew she risked her life to protect the spies by lying to the king's men. But she had only heard stories about the God of Israel , the miracles in Egypt , and their deliverance from Pharaoh. She didn't know those men! How could she be sure that those men would honor their word, honor their God, and not lie to her! Who told her they were honorable? She had exceptional faith to believe they would keep their word and spare her and her family. She had tremendous love for her family . She didn't just try to save herself. Because she was converted to Judaism , it would seem she had a hope for a new life, a new beginning.
Studying biblical characters is for me, personally edifying.
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