The character we’ll look at today is more of a weakling of society than an actual wimp. In fact her actions make her anything BUT a wimp; it is Rahab, the prostitute who hid Joshua’s spies.
The story of Rahab is told in the book of Joshua chapters 2 and 6. The story takes place right before the battle of Jericho. Joshua sent two spies to check out the city’s military strength. They stayed at Rahab’s house (Joshua 2:2). There is a belief among biblical scholars that Rahab was actually an innkeeper who was also a prostitute to help make ends meets. I don’t know about the innkeeper part, but the bible definitely states she was a prostitute, so you can decide for yourself how the spies “ended up” there.
It wasn’t a secret that the men were staying with her. In fact “the king sent a message to Rahab. It said, ‘Bring out the men who came into your house. They’ve come to check out the whole land.’ ” (Joshua 2: 3). Rahab responded that the men had left, then she proceeded to hide the men on her rooftop. Before they settled down for the night Rahab confessed to them, “I know that the Lord has given this land to you. We are very much afraid of you. Everyone who lives in this country is weak with fear because of you” (Joshua 2:9). Everyone in Jericho had heard the stories of how the Israelites had destroyed Amorite kings and she asked the spies “Promise me in the name of the Lord that you will be kind to my family… that you will spare the lives of my father and mother. Spare my brothers and sisters” (Joshua 2: 12-13). The spies agreed and gave her instructions to tie a red rope in her window so that they would know to spare the people in that house.
When the time came, the Israelites destroyed the city. “They destroyed every living thing in it with their swords. They killed men and women. They wiped out young people and old people. They destroyed cattle, sheep and donkeys” (Joshua 6:20). Only Rahab and her family were spared.