And she said to the men: “I know . . . For we have heard . . .” (Joshua 2:9–10)
As the wandering Hebrews wait in the wilderness on the other side of the Jordan River, Rahab hides two spies on the roof of her house in Jericho. She reveals to them that she knows God has given them the entirety of the Land of Canaan and she tells them of the mighty acts that God has already done in the life of the Hebrew people by freeing them from their Egyptian captivity and clearing the Red Sea before them so they could walk away on dry land. But two things strike me. First, Rahab is the outsider of outsiders – she is a Canaanite; she is a woman; she is a prostitute. But it is Rahab who is the first person to testify in the new land about who God is and what God has done. Second, she testifies about what she knows, about what she’s heard. “I know . . . For we have heard,” she says (vv. 9–10).
Perhaps we too are being called to listen to those on our periphery and perhaps we too are being called to speak about the good things God has done, is doing, and will continue to do. – rc