Saturday, November 14, 2009

70: Rahab the Prostitute

Joshua 1-4
Joshua, the new leader of the Israelites, is commanded to begin the invasion of Canaan. He sends two spies to Jericho to asses the situation. These are pretty horrible spies, because they are immediately discovered. They decide to hide in the house of a prostitute named Rahab.

The spies say that if this prostitute hides them, that they wont kill her family when they invade. How nice of them. The prostitute hides them on their roof until the people searching for the spies are gone, then she tells them where to go to hide from more searches. I'm not sure what her being a prostitute has to do with anything, but the bible makes a point of bringing it up. I'm eager to see if the Israelite spies keep their promise to spare her.

The section ends with 40,000 Israelites crossing over the Jordan to invade Jericho.

*News*
I said I was only going to do news for Deuteronomy, but these sections are pretty boring as well, and I sometimes enjoy the news section more than I do the bible section.

Orthodox Jews are protesting an Intel factory in Jerusalem. This was in an article from Voice of America, which I've never heard of. They seem to be very critical of these Jews protesting, but the bible clearly says that the aliens in your country must follow your laws, which include not working on the sabbath. So these Jews are following the bible to the letter rather than leaving it open for interpretation. I hope that the writers of Voice of America aren't Christians, otherwise they are holding a rather hypocritical position.
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