2008-07-14 - Rahab: Going Out on a Limb
Through faith, Rahab saved her life and her family's. (Joshua 2, 6:20-25, Hebrews 11:31)
Joshua sent two men to check out Jericho, a city the Israelite people would have to conquer in order to enter their promised land. The two spies hid out at Rahab's home. Rahab helped the Godly men, for she knew that God had given them Jericho.
The king found out the spies were staying at this harlot's residence, and he wanted to see the men. So Rahab, confident and a quick thinker, sent the king on a "wild goose chase."
In exchange for giving the spies protection and an escape plan, Rahab asked the men to keep her and her family safe when they returned to overtake Jericho. The Israelites agreed. The spies were true to their word, as Rahab was.
Rahab kept the spies' whereabouts a secret, even though it put her life and family's in jeopardy. When the Israelites overthrew Jericho, the only residents spared were Rahab and her family. Rahab was rewarded for trusting in God, for she and her loved ones became a part of God's people.
Harlotry to Royalty
Rahab was an overcomer. She led a sinful life but didn't remain there. She ended up a wife, a grandmother, and part of the generation of David, a royal king and Jesus our Savior. Rahab was the wife of Salmon, mother to Boaz, and great, great, great grandmother to David, the first king of Israel. Jesus also shares Rahab's lineage as a direct descendant of King David. (Matthew 1:5-6, 16)
God overlooked Rahab's flawed tendencies. He does the same for us today. Although Rahab's lifestyle wasn't God's best for her, God was able to use her in bringing His will to pass. God isn't the one reminding us of past mistakes. He doesn't want us to remain a captive to our past but to thrive.
"Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland." (Isaiah 43:18-19 NIV)
Lord, I need some wisdom fast. There are many things happening, which I don't understand. Especially those things I think You would or should do differently. I know, I know, Your ways are not mine, and You alone see the full picture. Replace my doubts with faith that You really do have my best interest at heart. Reveal things about myself that I haven't believed in a long time. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.