Day 13 - Rahab
Read Joshua 2:1-18.
In Bible times, women were not treated with nearly as much respect as men were. In those days, and also now, women like Rahab—who made money as a prostitute by doing very sinful things she surely wasn’t proud of—were seen as very lowly and without much dignity.
So isn’t it shocking and wonderful that she is listed in the family tree of Jesus? She is also mentioned in Hebrews 11 along with great heroes of the faith, as well as an example of good works in the book of James. The Bible gave dignity and value to this woman in a culture where that just didn’t happen.
To summarize the story: Rahab lived in an ungodly city named Jericho that God promised His people would overtake. He sent spies to see the city and she let the men stay in her house so they wouldn’t get caught by the guards in Jericho. She made a quick plan to hide them and then made them promise that when God would indeed take over the city, that they would protect her and her family since she protected them. They agreed, and as Rahab risked her life to help the spies escape, they told her to put a scarlet (red) cord in her window and the warriors would know not to harm her or her family as they took over the city.
Sure enough, if you fast-forward to Joshua 6 you’ll see that the Israelites took over Jericho but avoided the home of Rahab because they saw that red cord and remembered her sacrifice. Does that sound familiar at all? The story of Rahab is almost even similar to the story of Passover; because of the red cord in the window, the Israelites passed over Rahab’s home and her family was spared. Even the despised prostitute Rahab points us to Christ because she made a sacrifice that protected others, just like Christ died for our sins and protects those who believe in Him from God’s wrath. Rahab ended up getting married to someone from the family of Judah and had a son named Boaz, who we’ll read about tomorrow, and she was eventually the great-great-great-great grandmother of Christ! How wonderful that God includes Rahab in the story of redemption in such an important way.
Praise Jesus that He has given His life that we can be protected from the consequences of our sin! We can find a safe place in Him!
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