|Rahab Hides Spies Story-on-a-Tray Craft
Styrofoam tray (6" x 8"), three slotted round wooden clothespins,
fine-point marker, craft glue, clear tape, three pices of material
(2 1/2" x 3"), scissors, and small pieces of straw.
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. The king of Jericho was told, “Look, some of the
Israelites have come here tonight to spy out the land.” 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.” 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. 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.” So the men set out in pursuit of the spies on the
road that leads to the fords of the Jordan, and as soon as the
pursuers had gone out, the gate was shut. Before the spies lay
down for the night, she went up on the roof and said to them, “I
know that the Lord has given you this land and that a great fear
of you has fallen on us, so that all who live in this country are
melting in fear because of you. We have heard how the Lord
dried up the water of the Red Sea for you when you came out of
Egypt, and what you did to Sihon and Og, the two kings of the
Amorites east of the Jordan, whom you completely destroyed.
When we heard of it, our hearts melted in fear and everyone’s
courage failed because of you, for the Lord your God is God in
heaven above and on the earth below.
“Now then, please swear to me by the Lord that you will show kindness to my family, because I
have shown kindness to you. Give me a sure sign that you will spare the lives of my father and
mother, my brothers and sisters, and all who belong to them—and that you will save us from death.”
“Our lives for your lives!” the men assured her. “If you don’t tell what we are doing, we will treat you
kindly and faithfully when the Lord gives us the land.” So she let them down by a rope through the
window, for the house she lived in was part of the city wall.
Now the men had said to her, “This oath you made us swear will not be binding on us unless,
when we enter the land, you have tied this scarlet cord in the window through which you let us
down, and unless you have brought your father and mother, your brothers and all your family into
your house. If any of them go outside your house into the street, their blood will be on their own
heads; we will not be responsible. As for those who are in the house with you, their blood will be
on our head if a hand is laid on them. But if you tell what we are doing, we will be released from
the oath you made us swear.” “Agreed,” she replied. “Let it be as you say.”
ACTIVITY: The Spies on Rahab's Roof
Materials needed: one 10" x 10" dark brown piece of
construction paper, two 6"x 6" pieces of tan construction
paper, tape, scissors, markers or crayons...