Hope in an Unlikely Place
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. Joshua 2:1
As I began reading Joshua 2 today, two words in verse one - especially Jericho - leaped off the page. The Israelites were getting ready to enter this huge land and the Lord had His eye on a single city and a particular woman. "Go view the Land, especially Jericho." So they went and came to the house of a harlot, Rahab.
As I continued reading, I realized that right now there are people in this modern-day Jericho that God sees. They are trembling and fearful. They have heard about God and know what He has done, but they are currently without hope with all that is occurring. Their hearts are melting in isolation. God is going to reach them and I thought, "how?"
Well, He is going to send us to their homes to engage with them personally just like He sent the spies. Most importantly, because God has paved the way, they will recognize HOPE when they see us - not because we are hope, but because they realize we know the one Hope. God's laser focus in this chapter is remarkably profound. They wandered 40 years, are finally going to cross the Jordon, and God's primary focus was NOT THE LAND, but a person living in it.
Wow. Curious for today I think.