Hello and welcome back to our Women in the Bible series, this week we are going to meet Rehab.
Our Women in the Bible series is a journey through the Bible meeting some of the Women of the Bible we will be joining our own women from the Young @ Heart Ladies Groip for this journey
Rahab (Joshua 2 & 6)
I was a prostitute. I know – oldest profession on earth. I lived on the edge of society and on the city wall of Jericho in the land of Canaan: A condemned city that was going to be attacked and then conquered by the armies of Israel. Before the attack, the leader of Israel (Joshua) sent out two spies to view the land and the city. They lodged with me but they had been seen and the soldiers came to search my house.
I hid the spies in the roof space and told the soldiers that two men had been to my house, but how should I know where they’re from and anyway they left when it was dark. How should I know where they’ve gone?
So then I had a serious chat with the spies, (Josh 2:8). I had heard of the power of their God and that He was going to give the Israelites their land and how neighbouring kings had been totally destroyed. I know “the Lord your God, He is God in heaven above, and in earth beneath” (Josh 2:11), I said and did a deal with them. “I have saved your lives; when you come to conquer the city save my family – my parents, brothers, sisters, and their families”. The men agreed as long as I didn’t tell anyone their plans. So I let them down over the city wall through a window, told them where to go, and where they could hide for three days.
But the men told her, “Hang this red rope out of the window and gather your entire family with you in your house– Anyone who goes out of the doors of your house into the street and is killed, it’s his own fault–we aren’t responsible. But everyone within the house will be safe” (Josh 2:18-19). Israel totally destroyed Jericho but we were rescued and went to live with the Israelites.
I am the mother of Boaz, who married a Moabite girl called Ruth. Their son was Obed, the father of Jesse, King David’s father. And Jesus Christ was born of the line of David. So, imagine that: Rahab the prostitute became great-great-grandmother to King David, Israel’s greatest king. Even more amazing, I am included in the genealogy of Jesus.
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