Who is Rahab?
Rahab’s story is found in Joshua 2.
Joshua sent 2 spies in Jericho to view the land of Jericho. The king of Jericho heard that two Israelite spies were within his city and ordered them to be brought out to him. Rahab, the woman with whom the spies were staying,. The king then sent someone to Rahab’s house and asked for the spies. She protected them by hiding them on her roof even when it was the King asking for the spies, risking her own life. (Joshua 2:4).
She told them how the citizens of Jericho had been fearful of the Israelites ever since they defeated the Egyptians with the Red Sea miracle. She agreed to help them escape, provided that she and her family were spared in the upcoming battle. The spies agreed to her request, giving her three conditions to be met:
1) she must distinguish her house from the others by hanging a scarlet rope out of the window so the Israelites would know which home to spare; 2) her family must be inside the house during the battle; and 3) she must not later turn on the spies.
In Joshua 2, verse 8, Rahab said:
“I know that the Lord has given you the land, that the terror of you has fallen on us, and that all the inhabitants of the land are fainthearted because of you. For we have heard how the Lord dried up the water of the Red Sea for you when you came out of Egypt, and what you did to the two kings of the Amorites who were on the other side of the Jordan, Sihon and Og, whom you utterly destroyed. And as soon as we heard these things, our hearts melted; neither did there remain any more courage in anyone because of you, for the Lord your God, He is God in heaven above and on earth beneath. Now therefore, I beg you, swear to me by the Lord, since I have shown you kindness, that you also will show kindness to my father’s house, and give me a true token, and spare my father, my mother, my brothers, my sisters, and all that they have, and deliver our lives from death.”
I decided to write this down because it made an impact to me while I was having my devotion. Allow me to share this point I’ve taken down:
From Wordly fear to Godly fear
Wordly fear is the kind of fear that can make a person irrational and unstable in their thinking while Godly fear is the kind of fear that helps a person to think in the right perspective. Godly fear means recognizing the immense power of God and recognizing ourselves as insignificant in comparison to Him.
An example is this. All the people in Jericho fear and tremble when they heard of how God saved the Israelites and as mention, their hearts melted and there was NO COURAGE LEFT. Rahab had this Godly fear that lead her to hide the spies from the King. While others have this wordly fear, like the King who fear the Israelites wanting to kill them.
See the difference?
Godly fear would lead you to do good while wordly fear would lead you to nowhere just fear. The worldly fear of Rahab turned into a godly fear. This type of fear helps a person to think in the right perspective. Fearing God does not mean to constantly cower in terror in His presence. Because if this kind of fear forces you to obey God, it will not produce the right kind of relationship with Him.
We fear God simply because we love Him.
We fear God because we don’t want to hurt Him.
We fear God because He is God.
Rahab feared God, that lead her on getting her family being saved. Though many feared it, Rahab took a step of faith. The fear of unbelief turned to faith of believing!
Second is this,
There is NO FAVORITISM
God shows no favoritism. The answer lies to the great and incredible mercy of God. God does not play favoritism (Romans 2:11).
I’ve been asking myself why is it always the Israelites. As I dug deeper, God made me realize this things through this story.
Though during Rahab’s time God is primarily working with the Israelites, Salvation is not limited only to them. Rahab was saved, also her whole family!
It just simply shows that as long as you recognize that God is God and follow His will for your life, you will be welcomed to the family of God.
Have faith and believe! You and your household will be saved! (Acts 16:31)
Rahab showed that even when they were against the Israelites, they knew that there was GOD. They heard of God. They knew that GOD was with the Israelites. So she asked for the spies to have their lives spared.
In short, Rahab doesn’t know God. She haven’t heard GOD speak nor hear Him say a command. But because of God’s greatness and His miracle, with all the things He has done for the Israelites. Rahab heard about GOD. She knew that God moved for the Israelites. She knew what the Lord can do. SHE BELIEVE THAT THE LORD OF ISRAEL IS THE LORD OF ALL HEAVENS AND OF THE EARTH!
It amazes me how Rahab had this kind of faith even when she have not pray to God, experienced God. She just heard about God, knew who God is and what God can do. She clearly knew that our God is a great GOD.
And because of that, Rahab’s faith saved her family and all of their possessions.
22 But Joshua had said to the two men who had spied out the country, “Go into the harlot’s house, and from there bring out the woman and all that she has, as you swore to her.” 23 And the young men who had been spies went in and brought out Rahab, her father, her mother, her brothers, and all that she had. So they brought out all her relatives and left them outside the camp of Israel. 24 But they burned the city and all that was in it with fire. Only the silver and gold, and the vessels of bronze and iron, they put into the treasury of the house of the Lord. 25 And Joshua spared Rahab the harlot, her father’s household, and all that she had. So she dwells in Israel to this day, because she hid the messengers whom Joshua sent to spy out Jericho.
RAHAB FEARED THE LORD
RAHAB BELIEVED THE LORD
RAHAB did an act of faith
RAHAB HAD FAITH EVEN WHEN SHE HAVE NOT EXPERIENCED GOD
RAHAB HAD FAITH EVEN WHEN SHE HAVE NOT HEARD THE VOICE OF GOD
RAHAB HAD FAITH EVEN WHEN SHE KNEW HIDING THE SPY WOULD MAKE HER LOSE HER LIFE IF THE KING KNEW
RAHAB KNEW WHAT THE LORD CAN DO
RAHAB BELIEVE THAT THE LORD CAN SAVE THEM
Rahab was a Prostitute. Rahab was a Gentile.
Rahab did not know God but she BELIEVED and trusted the LORD can save her and her family.
She didn’t just believed that God does really exist, but she also developed the faith that God is the most powerful being who would be able to protect her and her family from the sure destruction that would fall on the city of Jericho.
Rahab could have placed her faith on the great and strong walls of Jericho. She could have just dismissed the power of God who is able to defeat foes mightier than the Israelites. She could have just betrayed the two spies and turned them over to the king’s soldiers. But no, she didn’t. In fact, she put the safety of her entire household in the belief that God is able to deliver them from danger.
“By faith the harlot Rahab did not perish with those who did not believe, when she had received the spies with peace”
In the same way, was not even Rahab the prostitute considered righteous for what she did when she gave lodging to the spies and sent them off in a different direction? As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.
God’s purpose is not limited to your past. You may have sinned or turn your back to God, but it’s not too late to come back! God accepts a person no matter what his or her background is. He hates sin but love the sinners. There is nothing you can do to make God love you less. Whatever you’ve done, whoever you are, There is no excuse!
The Israelites have Moses and Joshua to prophesy with them, to talk with the Lord and command them, bless them. The Lord is with them.
Same with us. We heard of God. We Speak to God. We are with God.
But most of the times, admit it or not..
we FORGET WHAT THE LORD CAN DO FOR US, what the LORD HAS DONE FOR US
THAT HE CAN SAVE US. THAT HE IS GOD.
That our fears become bigger than our faith.
What does God can’t do for you? What’s your excuse?
If you believe, you and your household will be saved!
If you believe, your sickness will be healed!
If you believe, NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE!
You have to let your faith be bigger than your fears.
The story of Rahab did not end in saving the two spies. Later we can read,
“Joshua saved Rahab the harlot alive, and her father’s household, and all that she had; and she dwells in Israel even to this day; because she hid the messengers, which Joshua sent to spy out Jericho. Rahab and her family” (Joshua 6:25).
Rahab eventually learned more about God. She exponentially grew in the knowledge of God and had developed the character that attracted a prominent tribal leader of Judah, Salmon. The marriage of Salmon and Rahab gave birth to Boaz that would eventually lead to the birth of King David and ultimately, Jesus Christ, the Savior of mankind. ♥
The plan of God is greater than your failures.
All my Love,