What practical key life learnings can we glean from the life of Rahab?
Context (Joshua 2; 6:22, 23): When Joshua was getting ready to cross the Jordan River in order to take back the Promised Land, he sent two spies to Jericho to determine how fortified it was. Their mission was found out by the king of Jericho and the spies fled to Rahab’s house. Now Rahab was a harlot and was rejected by her people and lived in a little house in the wall of the city. But Rahab feared God and hid the spies from the king’s men and then sent them off in the night. Before they left, she told the spies that she believed in their God and asked for them to protect her family when they came back and destroyed Jericho.
Key Life Learnings:
- God blesses acts of faith even by rejected people (Joshua 2:1-16; 6, 22, 23): Rahab had everything to lose by hiding these spies. She and her family would be killed if they were found out. But she chose to put her trust in this God of the Israelites that she barely knew. She believed that God would give the Israelites victory over Jericho and that everyone would be destroyed. Therefore, she asked for protection because of her act of kindness toward them. And God provided this protection when He destroyed the city and her family was saved. What about you? Do you feel small and that you couldn’t make a difference in this big world? Nothing could be further from the truth. Each small act of faith that you do each day will be used greatly by God and rewarded by Him too.
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