Whenever I visit New Orleans LA, one of my must hit spots is Central Grocery. Central Grocery is not appealing to the eye, it is just your average store, but they make thebest muffuletta sandwich you will ever have. The bread they use is delicious, but it is the contents sandwiched between those two slices of bread which make the muffuletta desirable to the palette. Man I am getting hungry!
Here in Joshua chapter two we read of the commission of the spies to check out Jericho by Joshua. But sandwiched between the arrival and departure of the spies we are introduced to an unlikely hero, a shady lady.
This shady lady has a name, in the Bible she is known as, Rahab the prostitute. Sandwiched between the spies arrival and departure, we learn that if it wasn’t for Rahab the spies would have been caught and most likely killed. But Rahab hid them, she saved their lives. Rahab’s heroics is just a layer of the Muffuletta, the rest of the ingredients are coming.
Rahab The Prostitute The Daughter Of God
Rahab hides the spies and saves them, but that is not all we learn about Rahab. We also learn of her confession of faith. Let’s examine her confession,
“I know that the LORD has given you the land,
and that the fear of you has fallen upon us, and that all the inhabitants of the land melt away before you.
For we have heard how the LORD dried up the water of the Red Sea before you when you came out of Egypt, and what you did to the two kings of the Amorites who were beyond the Jordan, to Sihon and Og, whom you devoted to destruction
And as soon as we heard it, our hearts melted, and there was no spirit left in any man because of you,
for the LORD your God, he is God in the heavens above and on the earth beneath.
Rahab believes in the Abrahamic promise, she believes the Lord has given Israel the land of Canaan. She believes it even though they have yet to cross the Jordan.
Rahab has also heard of the Lord’s works. Israel being saved from Egypt, crossing the Red Sea and defeating the Amorites. Rahab has not only heard of the Lord works but displays fruit of repentance by placing the spies under her protection.
When Rahab hides the spies she is trusting in the Lord to be her refuge. Her fear of the Lord doesn’t lead her to run from him but to run to him and seek refuge from the wrath to come.
When Rahab proclaims that Yahweh is God of heavens and earth, she is submitting to Yahweh’s Lordship and denouncing the gods of her people.
In essence what Rahab is doing is identifying with the people of God over her own people. The Lord responds in kindness by taking a prostitute, grafts her into the vine of Israel, makes her a daughter of Sarah and a daughter of God.
Life After Jericho
We know that because Rahab ran to the Lord to seek refuge from the wrath to come, she not only saved herself, but also saved her family from destruction.
We also know she married an Israelite from the tribe of Judah named Salmon (Matt. 1:5). Rahab then gives birth to Boaz, yes the Boaz from the book of Ruth. If you follow the line it leads to King David and ultimately Jesus. From Rahab the prostitute to great great great (much more greats) grandmother of the Messiah.
We also read about Rahab in the Hall of Faith chapter in Hebrews. She is one of two women mentioned in the Hall of Faith. This is what the Hebrews writer says,
By faith Rahab the prostitute did not perish with those who were disobedient, because she had given a friendly welcome to the spies. – Hebrews 11:31
But the greatest miracle is Rahab the daughter of God.
How About You?
What about you?
Do you believe in the promise of God?
The promise of God which states there is eternal life in Jesus. The promise of God which in Christ there is forgiveness and redemption from all your sins. The promise of God which states that when you repent from your sins and believe in Jesus, you too, can become a son or daughter of God
Do you show fruit of repentance?
Rahab showed fruit of repentance by hiding the spies, abandoning her idolatry and identifying herself with the people of God. Have you abandoned your idolatry, your enjoyment of sin, your love for other things above God? Do you identify yourself with the people of God by serving in a local church?
More importantly, do you trust in the finished work of Jesus on the cross to protect you from the coming wrath?
Is Colossians 3:3-4 true of you?
For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.
Until Next Time
Soli Deo Gloria