And as soon as we had heard these things, our hearts did melt, neither did there remain any more courage in any man, because of you: for the LORD your God, he is God in heaven above, and in earth beneath. ~Joshua 2:11
Rahab is mentioned five times in Scripture. She is mentioned twice in the Book of Joshua, once in the Book of Matthew, once in the Book of James and once in the Book of Hebrews. What stands out about her is her faith. James says that her faith was justified by her works. Hebrews said, “By faith the harlot Rahab perished not with them that believed not.”
Unwavering faith is decided.
“And as soon as we had heard these things, our hearts did melt, neither did there remain any more courage in any man, because of you: for the LORD your God, he is God in heaven above, and in earth beneath.” Rahab testified that she believed there was only one God. Even though she grew up in a pagan culture and lived a wicked life, she had heard of the great acts of God and decidedly placed her faith in Him. She said, “He is God in heaven above, and in earth beneath.” Hebrews 11:6 teaches us that the first step in faith is that we must believe that God is.
Unwavering faith is diligent.
“Likewise also was not Rahab the harlot justified by works, when she had received the messengers, and had sent them out another way?” Faith without works is dead. Rahab had a diligent faith. First, she received the spies. Second, she hid the spies. Third, she acknowledged the spies. Fourth, she sent them out another way for escape. Fifth, she placed a scarlet cord outside of her window to identify her home from all the others. She put her faith to work, and she exercised her faith with wisdom.
Unwavering faith is daring.
Faith takes risks. She took a risk by accepting, hiding, and sending away the spies. After hearing of how God opened the Red Sea for Israel to cross and how Sihon and Og were soundly defeated, she knew that the God of Heaven was real. She determined in her heart that if God did that for these people, He would do something great for her. She asked that the spies would save her and all her family. She had just met these men, but she believed that God would spare her entire family. James says, “Ye have not, because ye ask not.” Exercise biblical faith by taking risks.
Unwavering faith is dependent.
Rahab placed that scarlet cord out her window. As she waited for the spies to return for her and her family, she trusted in the word of these men that she and her family would be spared from judgment. The day came when Jericho was defeated, but Joshua saved Rahab and her family. Her faith rested in the promise that she and her family were secure. “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.”
Unwavering faith is delightful.
God is pleased with unwavering faith. Rahab married a man named Salmon. Together, they had a son, and he would be an ancestor of King David. Eventually the Lord Jesus Christ entered into this world by way of a virgin birth, and His earthly lineage finds Rahab in it. The faith of Rahab was blessed with descendants who were men of faith—men who also did things that were daring. The greatest Descendant was our Lord Jesus Christ, Who came to redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. God is pleased with a Rahab-type faith. Let us be inspired to exercise great faith!
Have a faith-filled God Morning!
Bible Reading Schedule: Deuteronomy 28-29