Rahab

 

Rahab Her name means: storm, arrogance, broad or spacious Key scriptures: Joshua 2:1-21; 6:17-25; Matthew 1:5 Hebrews 11:31; James 2:25 2:1-7

 

Rahab is brought up in four locations of God’s word, starting in the book of Joshua. Rahab lived in the wall of Jericho, a place that God commanded Joshua to destroy. Joshua had sent two men from Shittim, to view the land, they came to a harlots’ house, Rahab, and lodged there. The king of Jericho got word that Rahab had some spies come to her home, and sent for her to bring them to him.

 

Rahab took the two men and hid them on the roof in the stocks of flax before speaking to the king. She had told the king that they left at the time for the shutting of the gates, it was dark and knew not where they went or what they wanted. She suggested that he pursue them quickly. The king’s men went after them the way of Jordon unto the fords.

 

2:8-21 Rahab speaks to the spies after leaving the king. She recounts the stories she heard about Israel and what God has done. He is the God in heaven above and in earth beneath, all inhabitants of the land are in terror because of you. The Lord has given you the land.

 

6:17-25 After making a deal with the spies to do kindly for her as she did for them, she let them out the window of her house. Leaving the red cord used as a sign where her and her family would be and not to be harmed. Rahab and her family lived in Jericho, in the land the Lord promised to Israel. Her house was in the wall of the city where she could see the comings and goings. God puts the spies and Rahab in each-others path. Having heard the stories of God bringing Israel out of Egypt, parting the Red Sea, and what was done to the two kings of Amorites, she knew they were next. Rahab was to bring all of her family into her house and they would not be harmed. If the stepped out of the house it was on them if they were harmed. If Israel stepped in then their blood was on them.

 

After the walls of Jericho fell, which could be as much as twenty to thirty feet thick, the two spies took out Rahab and her family before utterly destroying Jericho by sword and fire. Matthew 1:5 Salmon begat Boaz of Rahab: Boaz begat Obed of Ruth; Obed begat Jesse

 

Hebrews 11:31 By faith the harlot Rahab perished not with them that believed not, when she had received the spies with peace.

 

James 2:25 Likewise, also was not Rahab the harlot justified by works, when she received the messengers, and had sent them out another way? By faith Rahab took the spies in and let them out with a deal at hand. Her and her family were saved from the destruction of Jericho. She heard the stories of what God did for Israel and believed. Her and her family were brought out of Jericho before it was utterly destroyed. She later married Salmon and they had a son named Boaz. Later to be grandmother of Obed son of Ruth a faithful daughter in law to Naomi who was Moabite.

 

What I learned from the woman in the bible, is God can use anyone who believes and is faithful and loyal. Rahab, who was a harlot, believed in the stories that she heard, and that God had given the land to Israel. She acted on it to save her and her family. I know I am not writing on Ruth, but she was faithful and loyal to Naomi and she was blessed to be a part of Jesus genealogy as well. God sees us, knows us and can use us for His purpose and plan whether we think so or not. Faith of a mustard seed can do mighty and wonderous things. Mine has kept me going, though I didn’t feel worthy or capable… God showed me differently. Was I a harlot? No, but I did and went through things that made me feel unworthy and ashamed. He uses what we went through to bring forth His Kingdom, to be God glory forever and ever.

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