Twitter (http://twitter.com/) is an American online news and social networking service on which users post and interact with messages known as “tweets”. Originally “tweets” were limited to 140 characters, though in early 2017 this was doubled to 280 characters. The service was originally going to run on mobile phones, which used to have a 160 character limit per message. This left 20 characters to show the username of the person sending the “tweet”.
Twitter’s most famous user at present is probably the American President Donald Trump, who seems to like provoking controversy with his tweets (https://twitter.com/realdonaldtrump).
I recently stumbled across a fascinating site: https://biblesummary.info/, which describes itself thus:
“Every chapter of the Bible in 140 characters or less. I summarised the Bible on Twitter between Aug 2010 and Nov 2013 – one tweet per chapter, one chapter per day.”
If you are looking for a very quick summary of any chapter in the Bible, I suggest adding this site to your bookmarks.
Today’s Joshua 2 passage is summarised as “Joshua sent two spies to Jericho. A prostitute called Rahab hid them, so they promised to spare her family. They reported to Joshua.”
If we expand this to cover our four week series on Joshua, this would read:
Joshua 1: The LORD said to Joshua, “Arise, cross into the land. Be strong and courageous.” So Joshua told the officers to prepare provisions.
Joshua 2: Joshua sent two spies to Jericho. A prostitute called Rahab hid them, so they promised to spare her family. They reported to Joshua.
Joshua 3: The Israelites camped by the Jordan. When the priests carrying the ark reached the river it stopped, so Israel crossed on dry ground.
Joshua 4: The LORD told Joshua to set up memorial stones from the Jordan. When the priests brought the ark up to the bank the waters returned.
Is this summary enough? Or is there more to learn from our reading this morning?
Was Rahab really a prostitute? Why does the Bible seem to condone and even reward her lying?