No matter where I have lived, it seems that there is constant complaining about the condition of our high-ways. They have too many holes; they do not pave these often enough, when they bring them up to date, the electric, telephone, sewage or water company decides to put something new underground. If live in Arizona, the summer heat creates problems, and if you live in Alaska, the winter is a problem. (Snow ploughs and salt.) There is a no win, win situation!
Joshua had sent spies into Jericho to bring back an analysis of what to expect if the Israelites decided to attack the city. They entered Jericho and confronted Rahab, a harlot, no less. She, who had never lost her love for her family, related how the people of Jericho had fear of Israel and if protection was accorded her family she would allow them to descend the wall on a rope, go into hiding outside of Jericho and keep it a secret.
It all took place as she pledged. The key to her protection was a scarlet ribbon that would be placed in the window of her home; this would be the key to the Israelites sparing her home and family when they entered Jericho. It was that scarlet ribbon that would protect the family. It was that scarlet ribbon, symbolic of the blood of Christ who “paved the way”.
When the spies returned to Joshua, they said: “Surely the Lord has given all the land into our hands; moreover, all the inhabitants of the land have melted away before us.”
If one desires to talk about a God paved High Way, here you have it. The spies have confidence in Rahab, Rahab has confidence in the spies, and Joshua has confidence in both. Hence, “Joshua rose early in the morning; and he and all the sons of Israel set out from Shittim and came to the Jordan, and they lodged there before they crossed.
The blood stained scarlet ribbon? Three days? All symbolic! “All the inhabitants melted away before them.” (Joshua 2, 3) A God paved high-way.