Rahab Part 4: A New Beginning, An Honorable Finish

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Hey-hey! I’m sipping some coffee with a grin on my face because a.) My coffee is hot without interruption (so far) and b.) Rahab was such an amazing woman! Let’s wrap it up!

Rahab and her family were being escorted out of Jericho, sole survivors of God’s victory over the city due to her courage and boldness in hiding the spies, believing in the one true God, and asking to be spared. So what happens to her?

“But Joshua spared Rahab the prostitute, with her family and all who belonged to her, because she hid the men Joshua had sent as spies to Jericho–and she lives among the Israelites to this day.” (Jos 6: 25)

She lives among the Israelites to this day. Wahoo! Not only does she survive, but she is accepted into the family. Rahab the prostitute gets a happy ending with God’s people because she believed and followed up that belief with actions. She got a second chance and a new beginning. Starting over and changing her norm and living a new life with new customs, friends, and a new God requires faith and courage.

It gets even better though, you ready for this? She’s mentioned twice in the New Testament! The first chapter of Matthew records the genealogy of Jesus Christ, and you guessed it, Rahab is part of it. She’s mentioned by name! Verse 5: “Salmon the father of Boaz, whose mother was Rahab” — she sure did become part of the family! What an honor!

Then in Hebrews 11: 31 she’s mentioned, “By faith, the prostitute Rahab, because she welcomed the spies, was not killed with those who were disobedient.” Why was Rahab so different? Her courageous faith distinguished her! It was courageous faith that  allowed her to act so boldly! Amen and Amen! God wasn’t bothered about her past, he rejoiced in her choice to put her faith in Him and she became part of His family.

Do you need courage today?

Do you need a fresh start? Are you ready to recognize the One True God and put your faith in him? Rahab’s past wasn’t squeaky clean, nobody’s is. That didn’t stop her, don’t let it stop you. Pray this short prayer even now. “Dear Jesus, I know that I’ve sinned and am imperfect and need forgiveness. I know that you are God’s Son, who came to earth, died on a cross for my sins, and rose again. Please come into my heart and fill me courage to start new and live each day for you. Amen.” Now tell someone the good news! Tell me, I’d love to hear!

Are you in the midst of a battle? Are the walls around you about to crumble? Have they crumbled already?

Be like Rahab and put your faith in God because He’s got the victory in whatever chaos or battle you’re facing. He’ll meet you where you are, right now, and provide that courage for you to keep going.

Do you have loved ones that don’t know Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior?

Be like Rahab and gather them in your heart like she gathered her family under her roof. Take action by praying for them and not letting go until the battle’s over and the victory is won. Show them God’s love in your life each time you see them.

I love Rahab. Her beginning may be shady but her courage and faith in God is unshakable. She dared to hide the spies in her house, and courageously found a way to save not only herself but also her family. And she started over, a new life with God as her Lord. She found her courage in the Lord–so can we.

With that, I’m going to go drink some more coffee, it’s time to celebrate!

(Joshua 2,6)

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