Rahab: Obedience Beyond the Walls
(Joshua 2:1-24,6:22-25, James 2:24-26)
Rahab was a daughter, she was a sister…and she was a prostitute. All she knew was life inside the walls of Jericho. All she had was what the life of harlotry could afford her. All she was known for was her scandalous life. But she had heard about this God and all He was doing for the Israelites. She had come to know, that the Lord was real and He was the God of Heaven and earth. To hear about the Lord is one thing, but to know Him is to believe in Him and His sovereignty. It is to have faith in Him and His plan. It is to whole-heartedly seek Him, because you know there is no other way.
When Rahab came to know the Lord, she turned immediately from her old ways. At the risk of her own life and the life of her family, she protected Joshua’s spies by hiding them and diverting the king’s men away from them. She received the Lord’s kindness and favor as a result of her actions. By her obedience, her faith, and the scarlet cord hanging from her window, her family’s lives were spared when the walls of Jericho came tumbling down.
Who would have ever thought that it would be the prostitute facilitating God’s plans???
World’s Lie: You are nothing more than where you came from and what you’ve done.
God’s Truth: You are everything He says you are! The bridge from where you are to who He says you are: obedience!
Take a peek at just how much God can redeem us by our obedience….In Matthew 1, Rahab, a former prostitute, is listed in the genealogy of Jesus Christ! And I’m sure it doesn’t take long to notice that only 5 mothers are in this list to be recorded forever in history as the blood line of Christ. In James 2:25a, she’s mentioned again by name!
“In the same way, was not even Rahab the prostitute considered righteous for what she did…”
Sure she had a past that the rest of the world turned their noses up at and used to belittle her worth, but God saw her heart, acknowledged her obedience, and called her righteous. We can live a life pleasing, upright, and successful in the world’s eyes, we can have faith in God, but if we never do anything to build His Kingdom, then what was our life worth??? But even a woman of many sins is considered righteous for her obedience when she acts on her faith, and allows God to use her!
Challenge: Who does the world say you are? How do they judge you by your past actions? Who does God say you are? How is He calling you to step out on faith? What act of obedience will turn your life completely toward Him? Share your thoughts with #WomenOfTheBibleChallenge.
Don’t know where to start?
Joshua 1:8 ~ Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.
Jeremiah 7:23 ~ but I gave them this command: Obey me, and I will be your God and you will be my people. Walk in obedience to all I command you, that it may go well with you.
I Corinthians 1:26-30 ~ Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before Him. It is because of Him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption
James 2:14-26 (NLT) ~ Faith without works is dead!
14 What good is it, dear brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but don’t show it by your actions? Can that kind of faith save anyone? 15 Suppose you see a brother or sister who has no food or clothing, 16 and you say, “Good-bye and have a good day; stay warm and eat well”—but then you don’t give that person any food or clothing. What good does that do?
17 So you see, faith by itself isn’t enough. Unless it produces good deeds, it is dead and useless.
18 Now someone may argue, “Some people have faith; others have good deeds.” But I say, “How can you show me your faith if you don’t have good deeds? I will show you my faith by my good deeds.”
19 You say you have faith, for you believe that there is one God. Good for you! Even the demons believe this, and they tremble in terror. 20 How foolish! Can’t you see that faith without good deeds is useless?
21 Don’t you remember that our ancestor Abraham was shown to be right with God by his actions when he offered his son Isaac on the altar? 22 You see, his faith and his actions worked together. His actions made his faith complete. 23 And so it happened just as the Scriptures say: “Abraham believed God, and God counted him as righteous because of his faith.” He was even called the friend of God. 24 So you see, we are shown to be right with God by what we do, not by faith alone.
25 Rahab the prostitute is another example. She was shown to be right with God by her actions when she hid those messengers and sent them safely away by a different road. 26 Just as the body is dead without breath, so also faith is dead without good works.