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Rahab and the Spies

“Rahab and the Spies,” Old Testament Stories (2022)

“Rahab and the Spies,” Old Testament Stories

Joshua 26

Rahab and the Spies

A choice that saves a family

people in city looking into the distance

A woman named Rahab lived in Jericho before it was conquered by the Israelites. She heard that the Lord had parted the Red Sea for the Israelites. Rahab knew the Lord would help the Israelites fight against her city. The people in Jericho were wicked.

Joshua 2:9–11

spies hiding from guards

The prophet Joshua led the Israelite army. He sent two spies into Jericho. But the spies had been seen, and the king of Jericho sent guards to arrest them.

Joshua 2:1–3

Rahab talking to spies

The spies came to Rahab’s house. Rahab agreed to help the spies, so she hid them on her roof.

Joshua 2:4–6

Rahab hiding the spies

The king’s men searched Rahab’s house but could not find the spies. After they left, Rahab asked the spies to protect her family when their army came to fight against Jericho. The spies promised Rahab that her family would be safe. Then Rahab threw a rope out her window for the spies to use to escape.

Joshua 2:3, 12–15

Rahab and family escaping Jericho

The spies returned to the prophet Joshua and told the Israelite army not to harm anyone in Rahab’s house. Later, when the Israelites fought Jericho, they kept their promise to Rahab. Rahab’s courage saved her family. Her family joined the Lord’s people.

Joshua 2:23; 6:25; Hebrews 11:31