Did you hear the theme song just then?
In honor of this week’s portion, “Sh’lakh L’kha”, this is a fitting re-post.
I love Yehoshua chapter 2. The two men who went in as ‘spies’ fascinate me. I used to wonder who they might have been, and then years ago I read that Jews have thought for thousands of years that these two men are Kalev and Pinkhas, and this makes a lot of sense. Yehoshua had to TRUST them, since forty years before, 12 men were sent in, including himself, and only he and Kalev came back with a TRUE report! The other ten men lied.
It never ceases to amaze me how what are called LIES in the scriptures are STILL believed today as truth!
10 men came back from spying out the land of Kena’an, and they told Yisra’el that it was full of NEFILIM. And people TODAY still believe that there were Nefilim in Kena’an! And this is in spite of the fact that the report of the ten WAS A LIE! People would rather believe what ‘sounds cool’ than what Elohim actually SAID.
Similarly, FALSE accusers accused Tzefan-Yah [Stephen], and said that his ‘Yeshua’ would DO AWAY with the Torah. Tzefan-Yah WENT TO HIS DEATH denying it, dying because of their LIE, yet people today STILL think Yeshua came to rid the Jews of the Torah. This is also in spite of the fact that Tzefan-Yah kept it, as did THOUSANDS of Jews who TRUSTED IN MESSIAH. Ma’asei HaShlikhim [Acts] 21:20
Again, LIARS accused Sha’ul [Paul] of telling everyone that they did not have to keep the Torah, and accused Sha’ul himself of not keeping it, and yet people today believe THAT report, rather than what scriptures actually say: “Then everyone will know that what has been said against you is a LIE, and that you [Sha’ul/Paul] YOURSELF ALSO walk out the Torah, and OBEY IT.” Ma’asei HaShlikhim [Acts] 21:24.
These two men, then, were likely older men, especially if they were indeed Kalev and Pinkhas; they were foreboding Jews, dressed differently than everyone in Yirikho. They had four tassels hanging off their cloaks. They had full beards, and a covered head. They did not have ‘goatees’ or bald faces like the men of that city. They had no tattoos, as most of Yirikho did. They were very different. And they just walk into this bar/Inn and plan to spend the night there. Clearly they stood out, because they were reported to the king posthaste!
Rakhav is the ‘impossible’ element to this story. She could have easily sold the men out. She could have ‘sold’ the information about them. Instead, she strikes a deal with Kalev and Pinkhas to save herself and her family’s lives. She specifically asked, ‘snatch our souls from death.’
She is a harlot, and her “Inn” may have also been a house of ill-repute. Yet, she has heard of the G-d of Yisra’el, and of the mighty deliverance He performed in destroying Mitzrayim [Egypt] and bringing out Yisra’el. She believed that יהוה is Elohim [G-d], and she saw a chance to join Yisra’el, in the two men who had come into her place of business. Her confession was, “For יהוה your Elohim, He is Elohim in heaven above, and on earth beneath!”
She asks them, “Give me a SIGN OF TRUTH.”
The first word [on the right] is ‘sign.’ But the ‘picture’ is the Alef and the Tav with a ‘nail’ in the middle, or a ‘pierced’ Alef and Tav. The second word is ‘truth,’ and is the same, only instead in the middle is ‘mayim,’ or ‘water.’ That ‘true sign’ was the hope of a scarlet thread, which I posted about earlier this week. When Yeshua was pierced, ‘blood and water flowed.’ [Yeshua said “I am the Alef and the Tav”]
And the two spies promised that they would do to her, “Khesed V’Emet;” Compassion and Truth! These are the words that describe Yeshua in Yokhanan [John] 1!
Rakhav’s belief, however, in יהוה Elohim, caused her to act, and to trust, and to recognize the G-d of the two Jews who were there to see if the land could be taken. She understood that a G-d who could do what He did to Mitzrayim for Yisra’el was to be feared! She knew that these people were His!
These two men accomplish what the ten men failed to do 40 years before. They report the TRUTH about the people of the land: ” יהוה has given us the land, and the people who live there melt away [in fear] before us.” There was no mention of “Nefilim.’
In fact, in the whole book of Yehoshua, there is no mention of Nefilim! And Yehoshua conquers all the land, including that of Anak, where the Nefilim were supposed to be. Not one giant found. Yet people today still teach that they were there. People, the Nefilim were destroyed at the flood! That was part of the purpose of the flood.
But, again, LIES are hard to be overturned. But these two men, and Yehoshua, were finally able to enact TRUTH: it is יהוה that shoud be feared.
To what lies do you cling?