Ornament: Scarlet Rope (Homemade ornament - scarlet thread tied together)
Scripture: Joshua 2:1-21; 6:1-25; Matthew 1:5-6
The Jesus Storybook Bible: Pages 108-115; The Warrior Leader
Day 11 Synopsis: Now that Joshua is the new leader of the Israelite people, he has the task of conquering the city of Jericho which stopped them from gaining entrance into their Promise Land, Canaan. So Joshua sends men into Jericho to scout out the city before they attack. While spying in Jericho, his men are saved from capture by a prostitute named Rahab. In return for their safety, Rahab asked for her family to be unharmed from the Israelite attack on her city. She is instructed to place a scarlet rope outside of her home to be a sign for the people to keep her family safe and not harm them during the attack.
If you know anything about the battle of Jericho, you know that God uses an extremely odd fighting tactic to destroy the city. God tells Joshua and the people to march around the city once a day for six days. On the seventh day they march around the city seven times and then give a mighty yell. When they yell, the city miraculously falls to pieces and the Israelite army rush in and take over the city. As promised, Rahab and her family are not hurt during the battle.
What makes this story even better is that Rahab holds a very special place in the Bible and in Jesus earthly family. She marries an Israelite and becomes a key person in the genealogy of King David. And since Jesus is a descendant of King David, she is an ancestor to Jesus. Rahab is the great great grandmother of King David. This is encouraging to me. If God can use a woman who was known for a disgraceful job, and use her to play an important role in His plan, He can surely use me too. I love it that God chooses to utilize the most unlikely people in His rescue plan. He also uses unlikely circumstances as well. Knocking down a city with marching and screaming and a baby born in a stable are not your common every day occurrences.