This month we are learning about God, God’s son Jesus and Jesus’ earthly family tree.
The next person in the family tree is a woman named Rahab. (Story found in Joshua 2) Rahab was NOT an Israelite. She was from Jericho. (Have you heard that name before?) After Moses died, Joshua was in charge of leading the Israelites to the land God promised them. But there was a city called Jericho they had to get through. Jericho had big walls around it and seemed scary to the Israelites.
Joshua sent two spies into the city to see how many soldiers there were and to see how they should break in and take over.
The two spies were helped by a woman named Rahab. She hid them in her house and after the soldiers of Jericho found out some spies were in town, they started searching all over. When they came to Rahab’s house she said, “They came by, but they ran away that way! If you hurry, you can probably catch them!” So the soldiers took off running (but really the spies were hiding on Rahab’s roof!) She let them down with a red rope. She said “I know God has given this land to His people, the Israelites, but since I helped you, please remember my family when you come through and keep us safe!”
The spies thanked her for helping them and they promised if she put the red rope out of her window, they would keep her and her family safe.
When it came time for the Israelites to march around the city and for the walls to fall down, the Israelites made sure Rahab and her family were safe. And Rahab became the great great great grandmother of King David. God used all kinds of people in Jesus’ family tree-even people who weren’t Israelites. Because God doesn’t just love the Israelites, He loves ALL people.
Rahab gave the spies a hiding place. The Bible says God is OUR hiding place. Psalm 32:7 says, “You are my hiding place; You will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance.” When we are scared, we can turn to God and know that He will keep us safe.
Well, after Mary and Joseph traveled to Bethlehem (Luke 2), they started looking for a place to stay. Remember, Mary was just about to have baby Jesus and her tummy was really big and uncomfortable. So Joseph asked at every hotel and house, but because so many people were coming to Bethlehem to be counted, nobody had any beds for them. They sure could have used a hiding place! Next time we will see where they ended up sleeping that night.
Bible story: Rahab
Attribute of God: Hiding Place
Jesus’ birth story: No room to stay
Sie one of our ornament is a red rope made from several strands of red ribbon all taped onto a circle.
Our text reads: Rahab hid the spies. God is our hiding place. Josh 2:1-21, Psalm 32:7
Side two of our ornament, we cut out another circle and wrote “no room”, then we covered it with a circle and a red slash through the middle.
Our text reads: There was no where for Mary and Joseph to stay. Luke 2
Then we taped a string on one side of the ornament and glued the sides together. Then we taped it to our “family tree” on our wall.
Thanks for joining us again. Love to you all!