Joshua 2:6; 6:22-25
The reputation of the God of Israel and His people had proceeded the spies into the land that was promised. In Jericho, there was much fear. However, the heart of Rahab, the prostitute, was softened and prepared by God to receive the Israelite spies and to hide them from her own people. Even though the whole city had heard miraculous events and conquests of Israel, Rahab was the only resident of Jericho who resolved to fear and obey Israel’s God. She did this even before she had the opportunity to interact with the spies and it is Rahab that reminds them that the Lord has given them the land. She professes God as the God of Heaven above and the earth below. Rahab not only risked her own life, but the lives of her family, and because of this act of faith Rahab is one of two women included in Hebrews 11 as an example of faith. This demonstration of trust in a forgiving and merciful God is one from which we can learn.
1-Just as Rahab made a covenant with Israel with a scarlet cord, God makes a covenant with us through the shedding of Jesus scarlet blood. In Rahab’s example, we can see the representation of a sinful world redeemed through an act of grace through faith. True faith requires and is exemplified by action. We must accept Jesus Christ as our Savior and Lord and then go on to live in a manner that verifies that our faith is real.
2-Once we come to Christ, our pasts no longer matter. Rahab was no longer viewed as an unclean prostitute, but as one worthy by grace to be part of the lineage of our Lord Jesus Christ.
3-Whoever you are, whatever your sin, despite living an ungodly life, you can be forgiven and used by God for a mighty purpose. The slate is wiped clean for all who believe and accept the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross on our behalf.
4-You are loved by God right where you are. You do not have to “clean up” to receive God’s love and forgiveness. Rahab was part of a corrupt, depraved, pagan culture. But once she heard the stories of the Israelites escape for Egypt, the wandering in the desert, and their victory over the Amorites, she believed enough to declare that “the LORD your God is God in heaven above and on the earth below” (v11).
5-Honor the commitments you make, whether a marriage vow or promise to others. Your word is a light that leads others to the Lord. The only way that Rahab could be spared was to follow the directions given to her by the Israelite spies. The world tells us that there are many ways to God and salvation, all equally valid. But the Bible tells us there is only one way, commitment to a true faith in God.
Father God, we are unworthy to come to You. And yet, You continually seek us, searching for us in the unlikely places of this ungodly world. Lord, we are thankful that we have heard stories of You that prepare our hearts to receive You. We thank You that Your Words are truth. That at any time, we can search for You and You are there. Lord, we are so grateful for Your love, for Your willingness to woo us and to love us in spite of our sinful nature. Search our hearts and lead us to You. I pray this in Your Holy and Wonderful Name, Amen.
By: Pamela K. Price
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Pamela Price is a resident of Columbus, MS. She is the mother of three adult daughters and has four beautiful grandchildren that are the delight of her life.
Pamela is a graduate of Oakland University where she received a B.A. in Communications. She furthered her education at the University of Phoenix, where she earned Master degrees in Accountancy and Public Administration. She is currently employed as a Cost Analyst.
Pamela is currently attending Vibrant Church in Columbus. Pamela has a love for God and sharing His message with people. She volunteers with the American Cancer Society Action Network (ACS CAN) and participates with Relay for Life as both a Survivor and Care giver. Additionally, she is a volunteer with the Baptist Hospice program in Columbus. She enjoys digital photography, journaling, reading, travel, and spending time with family and friends.