Episode ThemeJustice-Seeking: Keeping Secrets
Those who are trustworthy can keep a confidence.
How do you know when to keep a secret and when to tell? Rahab had this problem. She knew a secret. The king of her city wanted to know her secret. Should she tell?
Rahab's secret started like this: She lived in Jericho, a city that didn't worship God. Several spies from Joshua's army secretly entered Jericho. They were trying to find the best way to defeat Jericho in battle.
Somehow, the spies ran into Rahab. She invited them into her home. The spies told Rahab about the Lord. She said that she had heard stories about the Lord and wanted to know more. Rahab told the spies that she believed in their Lord.
Just then there was a knock at her door. It was the king's men. They wanted to know if Rahab had seen any spies from the Israelite army. What should she do? Should she tell about the spies? Should she keep her secret? What would you do?
What did Rahab do? She believed in God so she protected His men. She hid them on her roof. After the king's men had left her home, she asked the spies for protection for her family. Then she helped them escape. When Jericho's walls came crashing down a week later, only Rahab and her family were safe.
Rahab eventually married an Israelite and had a son named Boaz. One of her great-grandsons was King David. Another great-grandson was Jesus. God honored Rahab's keeping of the secret by inviting her to become part of His plan for salvation.
What should you do if you know a secret? Ask yourself, "If I tell this secret, will someone be hurt? If I don't tell this secret, will someone be hurt?" Then ask for God's help in making your decision. God helped Rahab. He will help you!