Rahab; Ms. Courageous meet Prince Charming
When you think of Rahab what are your first thoughts and feelings?
I hope after today you grow to love her as much as I do. The Lord talks about her a lot through at least 3 different people who lived at different times. Apparently her story is one that all generations need to hear. Perhaps it's because Rahab's story is our story.
The Lord tells her incredible story in Joshua 2. Take a minute to read it.
Rahab was a prostitute. A prostitute that cared about her family deeply. Most likely that is the reason she is a prostitute. In a post Responding to Injustice, Aligning with God's heart I wrote in March, my Background Commentary on Judges said "In the ancient world, women often resorted to prostitution if they had no other means of economic support, especially if they were widows or orphans." It's either that or their family starves. Does knowing this change your attitude toward Rahab?
When you read her story, did you notice her multiple acts of crazy courage?
Here's 4 of them:
1.The spies end up at her place. How cool is that! The providence of God, leads the two guys straight to the only believer in town. Rahab talks to these men about the Lord and takes initiative to invite them to stay at her place at the risk of her families support.
2. She is questioned about the men by orders of the king, with her life on the line. If the king found out, she would be killed. But she protected, defended and stood by the strangers who she had no reason to trust except that their God was the Lord. What an example of standing with our brothers and sisters in Christ when they need it. Even to her/our own hurt. Wow! Reminds me of the Chickfila controversy.
3. She tells her family about the coming judgement and promise of salvation. Sharing the gospel with your unbelieving family members can be the hardest group of people to share with. But she boldly, unashamedly shares with them.
4. Lets the men down by a rope. This may seem crazy but I would be so scared of dropping them on their heads. After all their safety meant her salvation.
All this courage in such a short amount of time. I like her a lot. This beautiful baby Christian seems so fearless. Life dealt her a hard blow but she didn't let that poison her heart and turn into into bitter stone. She clings to the Lord, takes Him at His Word, and walks by faith.
And now maybe you're wondering where prince charming fits in. Well, one of these two spies (who apparently aren't very good spies since the King knew they were there on the first day) was Salmon, Prince of Judah. This is the man who Rahab ends up marrying. How cool is that! From prostitute to princess and ultimately the great, great, great so on, grandma of Jesus. This is the kind of transformational business God is up to in peoples lives!
Ok, so back to chapter 2. Don't you just wonder what Rahab and Salmon's first meeting was like. Was there attraction? Respect? And for the three days when Salmon and his buddy stayed in the hills, I wonder if it was within eye distance of the red rope. I wonder if he thought about her and her him. Then in Chapter 6, he swoops in and rescues her and her family (all that's missing is a white horse).
I said earlier that Rahab's story is our story. We, mankind, are in desperate need of rescue. All the good we do will never outweigh the bad. Only One can rescue us, Prince Jesus who gave his life that we might be rescued from the life that was killing us. But like Rahab had a choice, so do we. We have to choose for ourselves if we are going to believe what the Bible says about God and receive forgiveness and the new life He offers us. And One day soon He will come back on his white horse and make this world right.
If you were in Rahab's shoes, what would be the scariest thing for you to do?
Rahab is part of the series
Here's the beginning of the series:
Potiphar's Wife; Life Unrestrained
Woman at the Well; Experiencing God's Grace
On Wednesday, when I invited you to follow along this series, I asked you to bring some people with you by sharing this link and talking about it with them. Each Friday I will post a few discussion questions for you guys talk about with each other. Here's the first week's questions.
1. Which lady so far do you most relate to and why?
2. What struck you in each of their stories? And why do you think the Lord highlighted that particular thing for you right now?
3. What would it look like to practically respond with action oriented faith to the things He made stand out to you?