The Faith Of Rahab
Rahab agonised over her decision to leave Jericho and join up teams with the Israelites. She didn’t know if it would work. It was a gamble, speaking to the spies like that. Who did she think she was? Just a harlot. Just a harlot. Just a harlot.
But then again she had also heard impossible stories about the Israelites! They were seemingly impossible stories but couldn’t a God like that save her?
He had parted the red sea, rained down hails on the land of Egypt, turned their river to blood and killed all their first-born sons in one night. Couldn’t that kind of God save a mere woman who dared to believe Him in faith?
What was faith?
Rahab got up from her bed and lay spread down on the floor. She had refused to take in any client since the spies came to her home. She knew that couldn’t atone for the hundreds of men she had slept with over the years but was the last one week of being celibate and clean enough for this God to look on her with mercy?
She laid prostrate on the floor. At first she couldn’t say anything, couldn’t get her mouth to work. She lay quiet. Silent. Watching. Waiting… all of a sudden it seemed like a floodgate broke in her and she began to cry. She screamed as she remembered all the nights of pleasure with men. She cried as she remembered her delight at jewels gotten from the husbands of other women. She lay there crying, drawing out tears from deep within her soul as her life flashed before her eyes.
After a few minutes she lay spent, weak and exhausted at the emotional roller coaster she just went through.
After a while all she could say was “save me. Lord save me.”
She said it again, “save me. Lord save me. If you can save anyone, please save me.”
She lay her head down in turmoil, pain and hope.
“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.”
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. 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.
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.”
-Joshua 6:22-25 NKJV
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
By faith the harlot Rahab did not perish with those who did not believe, when she had received the spies with peace.”
-Hebrews 11:1, 31 NKJV
What is faith?
Faith is simply BELIEVING that which is not.
But how can I believe that which I DO NOT see?
One woman did. Her name was Rahab.
Jericho was falling, the kingdom the king and his nobles were in shambles and confusion. They knew they would die because Israel would overpower and gain victory over their city. They knew. Rahab knew too but she dared to take a stand.
Perhaps this God would be so kind to a heathen sinful woman and save her?
Providence made her meet the spies and she took her chances.
Perhaps they would come back for her and her family as they had said?
She prayed. SHE BELIEVED. HER GOD SAVED HER. And in the process she became grafted into a lineage she never should have been grafted into.
Again what is faith?
Faith is BELIEVING that which we do not see.
Do you believe?
“Now faith is the assurance (title deed, confirmation) of things hoped for (divinely guaranteed), and the evidence of things not seen [the conviction of their reality–faith comprehends as fact what cannot be experienced by the physical senses].”
HEBREWS 11:1 AMP
“Say to those who have an anxious heart, “Be strong; fear not! Behold, your God will come with vengeance, with the recompense of God. He will come and save you.”
-Isaiah 35:4 ESV
We say to the weary and anxious heart…
Do you believe?
If you do fear not, your God will come to save you… just like he did Rahab. Just like he saved Rahab.
Lots of Love,
The women at the well
And this brings to an end our series on “Rahab”.
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