Rahab

Reading :: Joshua 2:1-24

Don’t you wonder how how Rahab got hooked up with the two spies sent out by Joshua?  My guess is that it was something like a “coincidence”, aka divine appointment.  Oh, to be a fly on the wall of Jericho!  What ever it was that brought these two spies and Rahab together, Rahab was given a roll in the greatest story of all time.  The story of Jesus our Savior.  She would be part of the rescue story, not just the rescue of her immediate family but part of Jesus’ family tree.  What a story.

I’m guessing that Rahab personally believed that the Israelites’ God, was the God of heaven and earth, based on her words in Joshua 2:11.  She held a belief and healthy fear of God.  Rahab was also putting a lot of faith in the two Israelite spies who were hiding on her roof.  She did exactly as she promised and acted on her faith.  James 2:25-26 says “And in the same way was not also Rahab the prostitute justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out by another way?  For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, so also faith apart from works is dead.”  This isn’t putting works above faith, but Rahab held a belief in God and acted on that belief when prompted.  She I think she must have listened and obeyed!

Whatever the case, Rahab played a roll in Jericho and the people coming into the Promised Land for their inheritance.  She also played a roll in my inheritance, being that Jesus is our Inheritance and our true Promised Land.  I think, despite her present situation as a prostitute within the walls of Jericho, she was a woman who made a generational plea as she pled for the life of her father, mother, brothers, sisters and all who belong to them. Little did she know that in pleading for her family, she would be making a plea for all generations who would be saved through Jesus! God had a plan for her, despite what she had done as a prostitute.  God used her brokenness and most likely shame, to help bring healing and wholeness to the entire world.  God can use anyone, at any time.

Check out Rahab’s lineage! Her generational plea for her family leads us to Jesus.  I’m guessing that she had no idea the significance of that sliding door opportunity.  Salmon, I’m guessing future husband at the time of Jericho, was from the tribe of Judah.  Check it out in Matthew 1:1-17.  There were 3 sets of 14 generations between Abraham and Jesus, and our Rahab from Jericho was part of it all.  She even gets a shout out in the “hall of faith” in Hebrews 11.

Salmon + RAHAB = Boaz + Ruth = Obed = Jesse = (King) David = Jesus

This version (above) of Jesus’ lineage is like the 1, 2, skip a few method.  But wanted to give a visual that wasn’t overwhelming, and add some people that might be familiar to us.  Rahab was Boaz’s mother! Boaz was the kind man who took the widow Ruth (with Naomi) as his wife.  The kindness, faithfulness and humanness in these generations isn’t unlike our own.  We are flesh and bone, we make mistakes, but we can be used in powerful ways that we have not a clue.  God’s ways and thoughts are so much higher than our own.

Rahab was willing to be strong and courageous.  Hiding the spies could have cost her her life, and on top of that she sent the pursuers of the spies in the opposite direction.  

She was saved when the walls came down (spoiler alert!) and her very own home was in the wall!  How cool is that?!  God listened to her plea and used her in a powerful way; it was all part of His plan.  He uses everything for His good and perfect plan.  She made a generational plea for her family, acting on her belief in God, and the walls came tumbling down.

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