An Unlikely Story
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After being in Numbers last week, I am excited to move on into Joshua this week. I love the story of Joshua (not just because of my husband’s name! Ha!). So let’s jump right in and see what it tells us about this unlikely story of a woman named Rahab. As always, thanks for following along with the Wednesday Devotional series!

The city of Jericho is probably most known for it’s city walls. If you have ever heard of the ancient city of Jericho, then you are familiar with it’s enormous structure. The structure which came down because of the faith of the Israelite people.

In ancient times, a city with towering walls was a sign of protection and strength. The walls would have also provided views to what was coming toward the city outside of the barrier. One would not only be able to look out over the city of Jericho, but there would have been a view to see who was coming into the city as well.

However, with Jericho, no matter how strong the barricade and how diligent the watchmen were, the walls would still come crumbling down because the Israelites had faith in God’s great promises.

The Scripture:

Joshua 2:11, “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.”

BEFORE THE MEN LAY DOWN, SHE CAME UP TO THEM ON THE ROOF AND SAID TO THE MEN, "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 METLED, AND THERE WAS NO SPIRIT LEFT IN ANY MAN BECAUSE OF YOU, FOR THE LORD YOUR GOD, HE IS GOD IN HEAVENS ABOVE AND ON THE EARTH BENEATH.
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What This Unlikely Story Tells Us:

Enter Rahab. She was a women with an incredible view from these city walls. She had a house built in the side of the city wall, where she could look out over the city and look outside to see the visitors coming into the city. Perhaps it helped her with her business. You see, Rahab was a prostitute, so having a view like that one helped her see who was coming and going. This kind of view could help with a business of that type.

You must be thinking…did I just say prostitute? Well, yes, actually I did! So what does a prostitute have to to with the Bible?

Well, this particular prostitute, Rahab, happened to see 2 foreign men come into the city one day. These 2 men were sent by Joshua, the new leader of the Israelites, to spy on Jericho. Rahab had heard the stories of the Israelites and how God had protected and provided for them. She feared God and believed in His promises, so she decided to hide the spies from the kings men in order to spare their lives. In return, Rahab asks the spies to allow her and her family to live when the Israelites come back to take over the land. When they realized she believed in God, they agreed to grant her life.

Did you catch that? She believed and her life was saved. It wasn’t the spies themselves who decided to save her life, but God was the one who saved her. God did not allow Rahab to die because she had faith in Him. God chooses the most unlikely people to fulfill His purpose. It doesn’t matter if we are free of sin (thank goodness!) or not, God is glorified through all of our lives. God not only chose to redeem her on that day, but He would use her to accomplish His extraordinary plan by allowing Jesus to be born from her lineage! Our God is a great God!

Our Prayer:

God, thank You for using me, even when I feel inadequate. Help me to remember You have a purpose for my life, even when I cannot see it. Be glorified through me, even when I feel like I am an unlikely story for you to do so. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. 

A Question:

How do you need to change the view of your story to fall more in line with the way God views you?

An Unlikely Story
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5 Comments on Wednesday Devotional: An Unlikely Story

  1. I have always loved Rahab’s story and have written about it as well. She’s not your typical meek and mild woman! Thanks for sharing on the #sundaythoughts link up!

  2. To remember that no matter how unworthy I may feel at any given moment, God is the One Who says I am worthy and not me! He knows my heart and my faith. Thank you for sharing this and being my neighbor at Sunday Thoughts.

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