Joshua 2: 11 CSB, “When we heard this, we lost heart, and everyone’s courage failed because of you, for the Lord your God is God in heaven above and on earth below”.
I love the story of Rahab! I love God’s love for His people and that He accepts us, regardless of our past! Rahab’s story is one of courage and strength. As we read last week from Joshua 1, God commands us to “be strong and courageous”. As we open chapter 2, Joshua has just sent spies into the city of Jericho, a city God promised to give them. The spies spent the night at an inn owned by Rahab, a prostitute (vs. 1). Someone alerted Jericho’s king that Israelite spies were in their territory, so the king called for Rahab to question her. Rahab acknowledged the spies, but denied knowing their identity. She told the king they had already left, when in fact, they were hiding on her roof (vs. 4-6). When Rahab returns to her place of business, she goes to the roof to talk with the men. Rahab is not an Israelite, she is a Canaanite. She most likely worshiped the false god, Baal. But Rahab heard and believed in the One True God! In verses 9-11 she tells the spies that she is aware of the miracles God has performed for His people, she knows that God has given them the land she resides in. She knows the fear her people are living in. Rahab is strong and courageous. What courage it took for her to lie to the king of Jericho, to hide two foreign spies who wanted to destroy the land she lived in, and what courage it took for her to ask the spies to remember her kindness and save her family! Rahab knew the god her people believed in was a lifeless, useless god, and recognized the Israelites’ God as, “the supreme God of the heavens above and the earth below” (Joshua 2:11 NLT). Rahab took courage and acted on her faith. Because she was “strong and courageous”, the Lord blessed Rahab! Not only did Joshua and his troops spare Rahab and her family (Joshua 6:17), but Rahab is part of the lineage of Jesus! She is the great-great grandmother of King David, and mentioned in the book of Matthew when is lists the genealogy of Jesus. She is a testament to God’s love and grace, that we are not born into the Family of God, but by faith, we can fully claim to be His children. And that God is incredibly merciful and can take a prostitute and turn her life around, accept her, and allow His son to come through her blood line. I’m so incredibly thankful that God gave us His Word that is full of examples of flawed, imperfect people like Rahab who do great things for God! I hope this blessed you in some small way!! Leave me a comment if it did!