Rahab ~ Cameo of Courage
“Rehab took two men and hid them.” ~ Joshua 2:4
When you read Bible stories to your children at bedtime, one may pass over the story of Rahab because of her profession as a harlot. Yet, Rahab is one the most dramatic “before and after” stories in the Bible.
The scene was dark and grim for the idol-worshipping residents of Jericho, as God was leading the Israelites to conquer the land; but the city would not be taken without the power of faith, not only of the men that marched around the walls of the city seven time before God had miraculously caused the walls fall, but also for one special woman, Rahab. This woman lived in a home attached to the walls of the city. Rahab and her people had heard of the Great God of the Israelites and feared Him:
Joshua 2:9 “And she said unto the men, I know that the LORD hath given you the land, and that your terror is fallen upon us, and that all the inhabitants of the land faint because of you.”
Joshua 2:10 “For we have heard how the LORD dried up the water of the Red sea for you, when ye came out of Egypt; and what ye did unto the two kings of the Amorites, that were on the other side Jordan, Sihon and Og, whom ye utterly destroyed.”
Joshua 2:11 “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.”
I am certain, however, that even though the people of Jericho trembled at what they heard of God’s intervention for Israel, they didn’t have the faith to repent before God, but she did. It’s one thing to hear of God, and another to repent and have faith in Him.
Rahab must have pondered the difference between her wooden and stone idols and the true God, that he had the power over all creation – not only power over man, but power over the earth, the sea, and the sky. Her gods could not do these miracles. Her gods were idols that she know from her childhood. They, however, could not do what the God of Israel miraculously had done. She believed and had faith.
You see, Rahab had been chosen beforehand by God because He knew where her heart lay. She indeed believed in Him and had the courage and the faith to help the Israelites, those chosen of this great God Who had helped them. Still, it was her choice to believe and have faith in the one true God. We always have choice, dear ones, no matter what situation we find ourselves in.
“After God’s grace touched and cleansed the soul of Rahab the harlot, and after her many heroic acts of faith (which we’re going to inspect one at a time, God opened the windows of heaven and poured out His rich, abundant blessings upon her life.” Pg 112
What were some of Rahab’s blessings? For one, Rahab was spared the invasion, and not only her, but her whole family! Yet, there is more….
Let’s fast forward:
— Rahab married Salmon, a prince in the house of Judah.
— Rahab begat Boaz….whose son was Obed…whose son was Jesse…whose son was David (Ruth 20-22)…through whose line Jesus was born (Matthew 1:1,5) Pg 112
But what of the title of this blog “Rahab Cameo of Courage.”
How is a cameo made?
“Most women admire a delicate and carefully crafted cameo. The process of engraving a cameo begins with a multi-layered stone or shell. An engraver first etches a design, usually the profile of a woman, on the piece and then sets about carving a relief in the top layer. Lower layers serve as the background for the portrait.” ~ Pg 113
The results are a breathtaking contrast, a light color set against a dark background. Indeed Rahab was that light against her dark past and the grim backdrop of godlessness, war, and impending death in his city.
Rahab’s life offers us a cameo – a cameo of courage.
You may be in a dark situation right now or you may have been in a dark situation before God called you. It is the woman who believes and has faith in the one true God no matter what the circumstances are and uses that faith to DO the will of God in her life that are crafted in the cameos of faith.
“Rahab lived out what the New Testament apostle James wrote,
“Be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves…What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works?…Faith by itsef, if it does not have works, is dead.” (James 1:22; 2:14, 17)
“Pray, dear one! Ask God about your faith. Is it merely a “profession” of faith, or is there living proof that you are truly in “possession” of a living faith?” Pg 119
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