Tuesday, October 10
There aren’t a lot of Bible stories which showcase a prostitute as the heroine. But, here, in Joshua 2, we are introduced to Rahab. She is a prostitute in Jericho – one of the fortified cities just inside the Promised Land. Most likely this was one of the fortified cities that the Israelite spies had seen 40 years ago when their fear and small view of God kept them from entering the Promised Land under God’s watchful eye.
So, now, Rahab is visited by spies from the Israelite camp. It is very interesting to see who is afraid now. Rahab tells the spies that she KNOWS that her native land will be given to God’s People – the Israelites. They have heard many stories of the amazing power and might of the Israelite God – stories that the Israelites themselves would have done well to remember 40 years ago! And now the Jericho natives are shaking in their boots because they realize that they are not protected by a living and active and all-powerful God.
Rahab is thankful for this opportunity to meet with spies who have connections with this all-powerful God of heaven and earth. She courageously hides them from her king and helps them escape – with the understanding that when they come back to conquer her city they will return the favor by saving her and her family.
Do you know a Rahab? Maybe someone who has heard about God but hasn’t had or taken the opportunity to become a follower, yet. How can you help show her/him the way? Their world will be conquered – don’t let them be left behind. Don’t take for granted the God of Heaven and Earth that you know – and others NEED to know. He is an amazing God.