Teaching Skit: Rahab and the Spies Skit

Rahab and the Spies (Joshua 2)

This skit was written directly from the NASB version of Joshua 2. This can be used in a class setting reading from the script or as a full skit in front of an audience with costumes and props.

Suggested props would be: sign saying “Jericho”, flax stalks (or stalks of any kind), scroll, quill pen

Characters: Narrator, Joshua, Rahab, Servant, King, Spy 1, Spy 2

The children are to act it out as it people are saying their lines in the script. The narrator gives direction when the characters aren’t speaking.

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Narrator: Then Joshua the son of Nun sent two men as spies secretly

Joshua: Go, view the land, especially Jericho.

Narrator: So they went and came into the house of a harlot whose name was Rahab, and lodged there.

Rahab (to spies): Hide up on my roof in the stalks of flax that I have laid in order.

Servant: Behold, men from the sons of Israel have come here tonight to search out the land.

Narrator: The king of Jericho sent word to Rahab.

King (to servant): Give Rahab this message (servant pretends to write on paper) “Bring out the men who have come to you, who have entered your house, for they have come to search out all the land.”

Narrator: But the woman had taken the two men and hidden them.

Servant hands Rahab the message. Rahab reads it and responds.

Rahab : Yes, the men came to me, but I did not know where they were from. It came about when it was time to shut the gate at dark, that the men went out; I do not know where the men went. Pursue them quickly, for you will overtake them.

Narrator: So the men pursued them on the road to the Jordan to the fords; and as soon as those who were pursuing them had gone out, they shut the gate.

Rahab: I know that the Lord has given you the land, and that the terror of you has fallen on us, and that all the inhabitants of the land have melted away before you. For we have heard how the Lord dried up the water of the Red Sea before you when you came out of Egypt, and what you did to the two kings of the Amorites who were beyond the Jordan, to Sihon and Og, whom you utterly destroyed. When we heard it, our hearts melted and no courage remained in any man any longer because of you; for the Lord your God, He is God in heaven above and on earth beneath. Now therefore, please swear to me by the Lord, since I have dealt kindly with you, that you also will deal kindly with my father’s household, and give me a pledge of truth, and spare my father and my mother and my brothers and my sisters, with all who belong to them, and deliver our lives from death.

Spy 1: Our life for yours if you do not tell this business of ours

Spy 2: It shall come about when the Lord gives us the land that we will deal kindly and faithfully with you.

Narrator: Then she let them down by a rope through the window, for her house was on the city wall, so that she was living on the wall.

Rahab: Go to the hill country, so that the pursuers will not happen upon you, and hide yourselves there for three days until the pursuers return. Then afterward you may go on your way.”

Spy 1: We shall be free from this oath to you which you have made us swear, unless, when we come into the land, you tie this cord of scarlet thread in the window through which you let us down, and gather to yourself into the house your father and your mother and your brothers and all your father’s household.

Spy 2: It shall come about that anyone who goes out of the doors of your house into the street, his blood shall be on his own head, and we shall be free; but anyone who is with you in the house, his blood shall be on our head if a hand is laid on him. But if you tell this business of ours, then we shall be free from the oath which you have made us swear.

Rahab: According to your words, so be it.

Narrator: So she sent them away, and they departed; and she tied the scarlet cord in the window. They departed and came to the hill country, and remained there for three days until the pursuers returned. Now the pursuers had sought them all along the road, but had not found them. Then the two men returned and came down from the hill country and crossed over and came to Joshua the son of Nun, and they related to him all that had happened to them.

Spy 1 (to Joshua): Surely the Lord has given all the land into our hands.

Spy 2: Moreover, all the inhabitants of the land have melted away before us.

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