Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Day 17: Rahab

Joshua 2, 6

- Joshua had sent out two spies to gather recon on Jericho.
- they made contact with a prostitutde named Rahab.
- Rahab defied the King of Jericho by hiding the spies in her home to protect them.
- apparently, news of what the Lord had done to deliver the Israelites had reached Jericho and the people knew about the destruction of the Egyptian army and the parting of the Red Sea. They were afraid of Israel. Rahab acknowledges that the Lord is God in heaven above and on earth below.
- the spies promised to spare the lives of her and her family because she spared theirs.

- the Lord instructed them to march around the city with trumpets and the ark a total of 13 times over a week.
- when the walls of Jericho collapsed, they went in and killed every living thing except Rahab and her family.

I think Rahab is an excellent example of someone who had heard of the sovereignty of God and took that step of faith to put her trust in Him over her own people. She had a lot to lose by hiding the spies and if they were discovered, she would have been subject to severe consequences (I would suspect death for harbouring the enemy). So it's not like her decision was easy. For her to put her trust in the Lord was a huge step of faith and as long as we are willing to do that, God will take us in no matter who we are or what we've done. Rahab was a prostitute and likely shunned by her people for her lifestyle. But God looks to our hearts and He saw that she had faith and believed in Him.



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