“The Lord your God, He is God in Heaven above, and in earth beneath. (Joshua 2:11).
This is the fourth post of “Woman of Faith” The last posts is based on the book of Esther, Sarah and The Canaanite Woman. This evening I chose Rahab. Many of my friends through email asked me to write about Rahab and also my lovely blog friend Julie encourage me to do this. I hope the readers will enjoy reading this post.
Rahab was known by her profession. She was not an ostracized moral leper, someone to be tolerated, but not honored. Even the men who might darken her doorstep at night would turn away from her during the day.
Rahab started as a prostitute, but learned about God. This changed her. She risked her known way of life to help the spies and start a new life with the Israelites. This is an example of how God can bless a changed heart. Rahab was in the lineage of Jesus.
Interestingly, Rahab was an Old Testament harlot who was mentioned in the New Testament for her faith. That’s right! She was mentioned right up there with Abraham, Noah, Joseph, even Moses. In Hebrews 11, often referred to as the Faith’s Hall of Fame, references are made to all of these famous Biblical figures and many more, including Rahab the harlot. “By faith,” Hebrews 11:31 reads, “By faith the prostitute Rahab, because she welcomed the spies, was not killed with those who were disobedient”
One day Joshua sent two spies to observe the city of Jericho. Then they sought refuge in the Rahab’s home largely because strange men entering the home of a prostitute would not generate very much attention and suspiciously.
The king of Jericho, however, received reports that the two spies had arrived in Jericho under cover of darkness. “Behold,” he was told, “men have come here tonight from the children of Israel to search out the country.” (Joshua 2:3) He immediately dispatched his soldiers to search the Rahab’s home. But Rahab hid the two spies on her roof and told the king’s men that the two men had left the city before its gates were shut for the night.
What is the reason for Rahab saved the two spies? This is all about Rahab’s faith. Rahab dare to do it because he had heard how the magnitude of God’s power. Rahab believed even though he did not see the power of God when splitting the Red Sea and how God’s presence enabled the Israelites to keep on gaining victory after victory in war as written in the Joshua 2:8-11.
Rahab and her family were spared death because of her act of courage. More importantly, the reason she is so esteemed by in the New Testament comes from what she said to the two spies. “The Lord your God,” she told the two spies, “He is God in heaven above and on earth beneath.” (Joshua 2:11) In spite of the gods that Rahab and her fellow citizens worshipped, Rahab knew and professed that the Israelites’ God was the real and true. She proved her faith by her works. Rahab’s faith is not empty, much less dead. James says that faith without deeds is like a body without a spirit, which means dead (James 2:26).
What can we learn from Rahab? Rahab did not know what happened next, but he believes, have faith in God because he had heard how the magnitude of God’s power even though she did not see directly but indirectly with her bravely she already shows her faith and accompanied with deeds.
The message here is that although faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen, and real faith must have works. In other words, our faith is not and cannot be viewed as some private treasure that only we can enjoy. It must be shown for others to realize that it, too, is the real and true.
My dear lovely readers allow our faith to show up in the lives of others through service to our church and community. The Gospel can only be advanced by the expressions of love we show in the ways we serve others. There is simply no better way to win the lost for Christ. Amen.
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