“By faith the harlot Rahab perished not with them that believed not, when she had received the spies with peace.” Heb. 11:31.
About forty thousand Israelites prepared for war on the plains of Jericho. The inhabitants of Canaan had heard of the mighty power of the Lord among the Egyptians, in parting the Red Sea, and now in their own land He had dried up the Jordan River enabling these forty thousand to cross into their country.
All in Jericho waited behind locked gates and strong walls fearing their future. All but one, a prostitute named Rahab. In faith, she prepared for her and her family’s future. When Israel’s spies entered Jericho, she housed and hid them. As she did, she sought life.
“And she said unto the men, I know that the LORD hath given you the land, and that your terror is fallen upon us, and that all the inhabitants of the land faint because of you. For we have heard how the LORD dried up the water of the Red sea for you…what ye did unto the two kings of the Amorites…whom ye utterly destroyed. And as soon as we had heard these things, our hearts did melt, neither did there remain any more courage in any man, because of you: for the LORD your God, he is God in heaven above, and in the earth beneath.” Josh. 2:9-11.
They had all heard…”So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” But only one heard with ears of faith that brought salvation to her family. “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God.”(Rom. 10:17. Eph. 2:8).
Heb. 11:6: “But without faith it is impossible to please him…And they utterly destroyed all that was in the city, both man and woman, young and old…Josh.6:21; Did they have to die? No. They fell in fear rather than receive the opportunity Rahab clung to in faith. We have the same opportunity. “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.” John 3:36.
“…for he that cometh to God must believe that he is… for the LORD your God, he is God in heaven above, and in the earth beneath… That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” (Josh. 2:11b;Rom. 10:9).
“…and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him…she said…I pray you, swear unto me by the LORD…that ye will save alive my father, and my mother, and my brethren, and my sisters, and all that they have, and deliver our lives from death… And Joshua saved Rahab the harlot alive, and her father’s household…and she dwelleth in Israel even unto this day…” Josh.2:12-13; 6:25.
Not only was Rahab rewarded with life but with the seed of the Savior. “…and to Salmon was born Boaz by Rahab; and to Boaz was born Obed by Ruth; and to Obed, Jesse; and to Jesse was born David the king…and to Jacob was born Joseph the husband of Mary, by whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ.” Matt. 1:5,6a,16, NASB.
For Us: “I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me… That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us…Fear not Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward…And behold I come quickly: and my reward is with me to give every man according as his work shall be.” (Prov. 8;17; Acts 17:27; Gen. 15:1b; Rev. 22:12).
Rahab took up the shield of faith and the darts of fear from the evil one fled, as now, her mind was protected by the helmet of salvation.
“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind…Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee withersoever thou goest… and lo I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen” (2Tim. 1 :7; Josh. 1:9; Matt. 28:20b)
When have you seen your faith rewarded?
When does it tend to be shaky?
How does one become strong in faith?