Hello my dear sisters in Christ!
Today I am continuing my Worthy Women Series and I will share my thoughts about Rahab, this inhabitant of Jericho who helped two Israelite spies before the ultimate destruction of the city.
As you will see, her life is a great lesson of faith and courage!
Meaning: arrogance, storm, broad, spaciousness
Qualities: courageous, witty and faithful to God, despite being a Gentile
After Moses died, Joshua and the Israelites prepared the conquest of the Promised Land and the city of Jericho was certainly a strategic place. Therefore, Joshua sent two men to spy around and make a report to him about the city’s situation. The two spies came to Rahab’s place and slept there.
The King of Jericho was told that two Israelite spies were staying in Rahab’s house and he ordered her (through his envoys) to let them come out. She hid them on her roof instead and gave false information to the King’s envoys about them – she told them they were gone already.
When the King’s people left, she joined them on the roof and made them swear that they would save her and her household, because she heard about God’s wonders and miracles and feared him.
The spies swore that they would spare her life and her household as well. They gave her a sign of recognition: a scarlet wire that she had to put at her window. Then, they left her and came back to Joshua.
After Joshua and the Israelites won the battle of Jericho, they destroyed everything, except Rahab’s household, as promised. She left her native city and lived with the people of Israel, who adopted her.
- Rahab is the archetype of the “hooker with a heart of gold”
- Rahab is listed among Jesus’s ancestors in the genealogy listed by the Gospel of Matthew. She married Salmon and later became Booz’s mother (Ruth’s husband). I guess that she abandoned her life as a former prostitute to become a virtuous wife and mother. Well done!
- Rahab’s story seems to have an analogy of what will happen in the endtimes: when Jesus returns, only people who believed in Him and obeyed His commandments will be saved; the others will be destroyed
What we can learn from Rahab
The main message that we can learn from Rahab’s life is that you don’t need to be perfect to start exercising your faith in God. Just come as you are and he will answer you beyond your expectations.
Rahab just wanted to have her life (and her family’s spared). However, because of her faith, she was not only spared, but she also married, had issue and her name will stay forever because she is an ancestor of Jesus!
Moreover, Rahab’s story reveals that God’s salvation has no borders. He took care of Rahab because she had faith in Him and His power to save her, even if she was a heathen woman and despite her scandalous past.
God doesn’t care about your nationality, your skin color, your degrees, your tremendous talents or how sexy you are. The first things He looks are the ways of your heart and if you are willing to worship Him and follow Him. He’ll take care of everything else.
Do you agree on Rahab’s life lessons? Please share your point of view!