Rahab Part 2: Obeying Without Hesitation

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Welcome back–do you have the courage to read on? Do you have the courage to admit you have a caffeine addiction? Ok, maybe it’s just me. And now, back to our regularly scheduled story…

Rahab found her courage in accepting that the Lord is God in heaven and on earth. She professed her belief in the One True God to the spies. What’s next?

Rahab knows Jericho’s on its way out so she prepares for her future. Rahab pleads not only for her own safety but that of her family.  When you realize that God is the victor and nothing is impossible for Him, take action, like Rahab! Why not step out and courageously put all of your trust in Him? Rahab had faith to believe that Jehovah God would care enough for her, a woman from Jericho, to save her and her family. And why? She believed He is a God who cares and who shows mercy. Once again, Rahab’s courage shines through in her belief in God.

The spies to spare her and her family and give specific instructions to follow to ensure rescue. She’s to tie a scarlet cord to her window and gather her family in her house. As long as they all remain together under her roof, they’ll be okay. Then she helps the two spies escape, letting them out the window of her wall apartment, and advising them to head into the mountains for a few days until the king’s men who are searching for them return.

Now, I love this next bit…and am challenged by it.

The very next verse tells us she gets down to business and, “she tied the scarlet cord in the window.” She didn’t wait. She acted. She didn’t overthink the instructions. She followed them. As soon as she knew what she was supposed to do, Rahab did it. It seems like a small thing, tying a scarlet cord in the window, but it was part of the plan. Do we follow all of God’s instructions for our lives, no matter how small or trivial they seem?  If God says to do something (or not to do something), no matter how little it might seem, it’s important to follow His plan.  And we need to do it…without hesitation. Oooh, I’m so guilty of that last part so often! “Are you sure, Lord? Is that really a good idea? You’re positive?” 

Fast foward a few days, Jericho is in lockdown, everyone’s tense with fear, and Rahab has gathered her family in her house. Here comes Joshua and the Israelites marching around Jericho once a day for six days. Way to build the suspense, Lord! Anticipation can be so stressful. The week before my husband deploys is  filled with a dread of the inevitable goodbyes. In some ways, it’s harder than the time of actual separation  (which is completely dreadful, too, don’t get me wrong.) But that anticipation is killer! So imagine all the people of Jericho know what’s coming as the marching continues–they’re waiting for their own destruction to occur. However, Rahab has faithfully prepared her home and heart trusting in her newfound faith in a God that saves.

And then on that seventh morning, the marching starts early and keeps going, around the city seven times. The last time around, Joshua commands, “Shout! For the Lord has given you the city! The city and all that is in it are to be devoted to the Lord. Only Rahab the prostitute and all who are with her in her house shall be spared because she hid the spies we sent.” Wahoo! Rahab’s courage and action in hiding the spies will see her through this!

As for the rest of my day, God’s grace will see me through it…and coffee. Coffee will help, too.

(Joshua 2, 6)

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