Bold Faith: A Lesson from Rahab

Daily Devotional: Day 171

“And Joshua spared Rahab the harlot, her father’s household, and all that she had. So she dwells in Israel to this day, because she hid the messengers whom Joshua sent to spy out Jericho” (Joshua 6:25, NKJV).

On February 11, 2018, Day 42 of this Daily Devotional, the message was about Rahab. Today’s message is again going to be about Rahab. But we will be looking at a different aspect of her life. Rahab is one woman whose life exemplifies the walk of faith and obedience. She welcomed and hid the spies whom Joshua sent to reconnoiter Jericho. Before the spies left, she made them swear that when they invaded Jericho, they would save her and her family. And, that is exactly what happened.

 Rahab knew the consequences of her actions. Yet, determined to obtain salvation and become a citizen of Israel, she remained resolute and undaunted. We can learn so much from this woman’s life. Let’s look at some of the risks she took to follow Jehovah.

  1. Rahab committed treason when she hid Jericho’s enemies. Had she been caught, she would have faced the death penalty as a traitor. Not only that, her entire family would have been in danger, too.
  2. By joining Israel, Rahab opened herself to public scrutiny, shame and humiliation, because she was a known prostitute.
  3. Rahab had to learn the language, laws and customs of Israel.
  4. Rahab left behind her source of livelihood.
  5. Rahab left behind her beloved homeland.
  6. Rahab didn’t have any guarantee that the mission of the Israelites would be successful.

For the sake of her salvation and the salvation of her family, Rahab took the above risks (and probably, more). She was convinced that obeying the God of Israel was worth every risk, including the risk of losing her life. The best part is, she had no regrets.

Rahab has run her race of faith. It’s your turn today. What sacrifices would you make to follow Jesus? What would you leave behind to become a disciple of Christ?

The peace of Christ reign in your heart today. Amen.

For further study: Luke 14:25-33

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