Joshua Chapter 2-6
Have you ever had to trust God for something that you had no control over?
When my son was born last August I was relieved to hear his first little cry, my heart soared at the notion that since he was crying then he was healthy! But the doctors and my husband heard something different, his cry was weak and muffled and that meant something was wrong. They rushed him off to the nicu under a oxygen mask and our normal scheduled csection birth became a life and death situation. Jay was born with holes in his lungs and would spend the next 13 days in the nicu breathing special gases to help him heal. The hardest part was not being able to hold our newborn son because our touch would excite him and he needed to stay calm so he could heal. Even harder was leaving the hospital and going home without him in our arms. During those 13 days I had to have faith and trust God and pray for healing that I wasnt sure would come. I had to trust that my son was safe in God’s hands and that God is the great physician and He is in control. This time in my life strengthend my faith in God, He is in control! Thank God Jay was healed and is a strong, healthy baby boy today!
Our story today is about a woman named Rahab who chose to have faith and trust in God even though she didnt know what would happen to her and her family. She had faith in God that He was in control.
“Joshua son of Nun secretly sent two men as spies from the Acacia Grove, saying, “Go and scout the land, especially Jericho.” So they left, and they came to the house of a woman, a prostitute named Rahab, and stayed there. The king of Jericho was told, “Look, some of the Israelite men have come here tonight to investigate the land.” Then the king of Jericho sent word to Rahab and said, “Bring out the men who came to you and entered your house, for they came to investigate the entire land.” But the woman had taken the two men and hidden them. So she said, “Yes, the men did come to me, but I didn’t know where they were from. At nightfall, when the gate was about to close, the men went out, and I don’t know where they were going. Chase after them quickly, and you can catch up with them! ” But she had taken them up to the roof and hidden them among the stalks of flax that she had arranged on the roof. The men pursued them along the road to the fords of the Jordan, and as soon as they left to pursue them, the gate was shut. Before the men fell asleep, she went up on the roof and said to them, “I know that the Lord has given you this land and that the terror of you has fallen on us, and everyone who lives in the land is panicking because of you. For we have heard how the Lord dried up the waters of the Red Sea before you when you came out of Egypt, and what you did to Sihon and Og, the two Amorite kings you completely destroyed across the Jordan. When we heard this, we lost heart, and everyone’s courage failed because of you, for the Lord your God is God in heaven above and on earth below. Now please swear to me by the Lord that you will also show kindness to my family, because I showed kindness to you. Give me a sure sign that you will spare the lives of my father, mother, brothers, sisters, and all who belong to them, and save us from death.” The men answered her, “We will give our lives for yours. If you don’t report our mission, we will show kindness and faithfulness to you when the Lord gives us the land.” Then she let them down by a rope through the window, since she lived in a house that was built into the wall of the city. “Go to the hill country so that the men pursuing you won’t find you,” she said to them. “Hide yourselves there for three days until they return; afterward, go on your way.” The men said to her, “We will be free from this oath you made us swear, unless, when we enter the land, you tie this scarlet cord to the window through which you let us down. Bring your father, mother, brothers, and all your father’s family into your house. If anyone goes out the doors of your house, his blood will be on his own head, and we will be innocent. But if anyone with you in the house should be harmed, his blood will be on our heads. And if you report our mission, we are free from the oath you made us swear.” “Let it be as you say,” she replied, and she sent them away. After they had gone, she tied the scarlet cord to the window.”
Rahab trusted in a God she did not know, she had only heard of the great things that our God did for his people. She trusted the spies to keep their word and spare her family and she trusted God to keep her safe!
Hebrews 11:30-31 tells us ” By faith the walls of Jericho fell down after being encircled by the Israelites for seven days. By faith Rahab the prostitute received the spies in peace and didn’t perish with those who disobeyed.”
Rahab and her family were rescued, Rahab married a Isrealite named Salmon. They had a son named Boaz, the same Boaz who married Ruth (see the book of Ruth) .
“Salmon fathered Boaz by Rahab, Boaz fathered Obed by Ruth, Obed fathered Jesse, and Jesse fathered King David.”
That puts Rahab in the line of King David!!! What a turn of events for this woman! Just because she had faith in God!
Abba Father, give us faith and trust like Rahab. Help us to live lives that show others how great our God is, help us to always point others to you! In Jesus name. Amen.