Life Lessons from Women in the Bible: Rahab

Happy Friday, everyone!

I’m continuing my “Life Lessons from Women in the Bible” series, and today’s focus in on Rahab.

Rahab lived during the time of Joshua, who was a commander of the Israelite army. God directed him to destroy the city of Jericho, a wicked, depraved place. He sent two spies to check out its defenses, and they came to Rahab’s house. To put it frankly, Rahab was a prostitute.

City officials heard there were Israelite spies in the city, and they went to Rahab, asking if she’d seen the men. Rahab explained that they’d already left, but she actually had them hidden. Because of her faithfulness, when Joshua and his men attacked Jericho, Rahab and her family were spared. Additionally, Rahab went on to be included in the lineage of Jesus.

Here are some notions we can learn from Rahab.

Imagine the fear that Rahab faced when the city officials came seeking the Israelite spies. She knew that if they were discovered, they’d be killed and most likely, she would, too. However, she knew they were doing the Lord’s will, so she protected them.

Even in the face of adversity, we should always do what’s biblically right. Unfotunately, the world’s interpretation of “right” doesn’t always line up with God’s. As a result, standing up for God can be difficult. Remain steadfast. If you stay true to God, He’ll bless you for it.

Rahab was a prostitute and had “sinner” written all over her. I bet that the same people that stared down their noses at her during the day, also sought her company at night. She could’ve let those expectations continue to define her, but guess what, she didn’t.

I don’t know your story, but I do know that we’ve all made mistakes. Don’t let past failures dictate your future. The Bible says that if we turn from our sin, we receive redemption through Christ. Your pure life can start now, you just have to decide to change.

On a list of unlikely heroes, Rahab was at the very bottom, but God used her.

Regardless of your age, race, gender, occupation, abilities, or past, God can use you, too. That may require you to make sacrifices, but if it’s for the Lord, then it’ll be worth it.

I hope that you’re encouraged by Rahab’s story and reminded that even the worst sinner can be saved by asking Jesus into his or her heart.

Sarah

Previous “Life Lessons from Women in the Bible” posts:

Eve

Sarah