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