Joshua and the Israelites await God’s direction for conquering the land promised to them by God. In preparation for invasion, Joshua sends two spies across the river to bring back military intelligence. They are to especially focus on the great walled city of Jericho. The two spies find their way to a place frequented by travelers and strangers – the home of Rahab, the harlot.
Rahab hides the two Israelites spies from authorities who have heard reports that the spies were seen entering the house. Having set a false trail for the authorities, Rahab asks the spies for protection, believing that the God of the Israelites will destroy her city.
She helps the spies to escape by letting them down outside the city wall and warning them about which road to take. When Jericho falls, she is rewarded for her ‘risky’ kindness. She and her family alone, of all the people of Jericho, are spared. Her family is blended into the nation and she becomes a distant relative of King David, and ultimately a part of the line of the Messiah (Matthew 1:5).