She’s had sex with more men than she can count. People’s husbands, boyfriends and brothers were her play things. Her name means proud, quarrelsome. In Jewish folklore, her name means ‘mythical sea monster’, the demonic angel of the sea. And yet still she was the one who helped the Israelite spies when they went to scout Jericho. She was the great grandmother of our Messiah Jesus Christ. How?
Rahab’s story is incredibly fascinating. Her bed was stained by the libidos of numerous men and you know the more shocking part? Her parents, siblings and their families either lived there as well or very close by. I mean…HOOOWWWW?!
Which brings me to my next question; why did the Israelites go to her house in the first place? Was it for her professional service or just to hide out? The Bible doesn’t say and from the roof top they slept in, I’m sure no action went down. In hiding them up there, misleading her city soldiers, giving them (spies) intel about how freaked out everyone was about their imminent attack and sneaking them out of the city, the prostitute became the most instrumental part of their journey.
In return for her help, when Joshua and his squad attacked, they spared her, her parents, brothers, sisters and their families, just like she had been promised. The Israelite spies turned out to be the most beneficial visitors in her career. The prostitute and her loved ones lived. All else died. She gave birth to Boaz, who rocked Ruth’s world and gave birth to David’s grand parents and by this securing her spot in Jesus’ lineage. But even this wasn’t her greatest achievement.
Centuries later in Hebrews, she was mentioned alongside the likes of Moses, Abel, Noah and Abraham. Even Joshua’s name wasn’t mentioned nor the spies, but Rahab is there as one of the patriarchs of faith. For this reason, God is not ashamed for them to call Him their God, because he has prepared a City for them (Heb 11:16). Trust me, it’s not New York City!
So let’s backtrack small and do some quick maphs. 1+1=2, lol. Check this,
- She (and for her sake, her family) were the only ones spared in Jericho.
- She got to become David and Jesus’ direct relative.
- She made it to the faith hall of fame and the King of Glory Himself was proud to be called her God and prepared a place for her.
Why? Why? Why? Whyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy?
Because she helped the Israelite spies and by so-doing helped them occupy Jericho? Well, that’s not the real reason. It wasn’t what she did, it was WHY she did it. In Joshua 2, before the spies could settle down in her roof to sleep (No metaphors/pun intended!), she told them some interesting things, key of which is “I know that the Lord has given you this land…The Lord your God is God in heaven above and here on earth.” She did what she did in reverence of God, demonstrating faith in Him and by so-doing becoming a shareholder in the promise He made.
Hebrews 11:39 says “What a record all of these have won by their faith! Yet they did not receive what God had promised!” So what is this promise kraaaa? let’s pause for commercial break and pick up next week, shall we? Lol, I’m just ‘shaaing you body’.
Well so for the past 2 months, I’ve been digging deep, keen to understand this promise! Because for some of us, the worst mistake is to make a promise you’re not ready to keep. Ask my Uncle Andrews; I’m still bugging him for the bike he promised for my 6th birthday! I still stress my mum out after failing to take me to Beefarock like she promised she’d do if I made it to top 3 in class 5. Morale: don’t dare promise me unless you’re serious!
So yeah, I’ve prayed, read, craved and listened to some really good teachings I wont mind sharing if you ask nicely in an e-mail. But the promise in question is tied to the mystery of Christ; the promise to bring man back in union with God and by this restoration, reign in life and heaven. It’s only only only by Christ that heaven (the promised city) is possible and Christ didn’t come until waaaaayyy after their (Rahab & co) death hence ‘…yet they did not receive what God had promised, because he had a better plan for us…’ Not to worry, they finally received the promise after He resurrected.
So right now, today as I write to you, our faith isn’t and shouldn’t be for something we’re hoping for, it should be for something we believe has happened. Chronologically, the fulfilment of their faith was in their future but in our past. And if we believe that He died, conquered the grave, rose and is seated on God’s right hand side, we become automatic recipients of grace and beneficiaries of His promise. Our names appear in the 2018 version of the ‘Who is Who faith list.’
His promise and faith in Him was so potent that it made Rahab’s kakai name and virginity, I mean the lack of it, irrelevant. Stop wasting time on the petty stuff and relentlessly pursue a relationship with Him, to understand your identity in Him and the full implication of His death, burial and resurrection for you. Everything else becomes irrelevant. Everything.
Learn from this ashawo.
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