And Salmon begat Boaz of Rahab, and Boaz begat Obed of Ruth, and Obed begat Jesse.
Rahab is a very interesting lady named in the lineage of Jesus Christ. Rahab was from Jericho. Let’s take a look at this ‘Lady of Faith.’
And Joshua the son of Nun sent two men secretly from Shittim as spies, saying, “Go view the land especially Jericho.” And they went and came into the house of a prostitute whose name was Rahab and lodged there.
It’s obvious that God is being true to His character by guiding the steps of these young men to a place of safety. Out of all the places they could have stayed they chose Rahab’s house. One door to the right or one wrong door to the left, these men would have suffered very painful deaths.
How did they end up here? They more than likely asked someone where they could lodge for the night. Rahab had rooms to rent, and she lived inside the wall of Jericho. She also happened to be a prostitute. The two spies needed a room and this sounded like a good cover story, a place to hide. Immediately whoever they asked told the king and the king sent his men to deal with it.
The king’s men arrive at Rahab’s house and she tells them that the men came to her, she did not know who they were, but left before the city gate closed saying, “Pursue them quickly, for you will overtake them.”
It amazes me how quickly people that live a sinful lifestyle think everyone else does the same. Rahab never said it, but she did say, they stopped here. The men just assumed that these two righteous men stopped in because of her trade. Risking their lives for one moment of pleasure. The king's men did not know God.
But she had brought them up to the roof and hid them with the stalks of flax that she had laid in order on the roof.
She recognized them immediately, an answer to her prayer. For forty years they waited for the Hebrews to cross the Jordan when they finally crossed the river Jordan king’s hearts melted with fear.
Two unlikely missionaries for the Lord stood at her front door, now she had a decision to make. Do I leave this life of sin, or do I turn them in? Two unlikely missionaries at her door, at the most unlikely time, her salvation is at hand. Now she has to step out in faith. Do you completely trust in a God of miracles? Leave your lucrative lifestyle behind in one moments time? She did!
By hiding them under stalks of flax, this tells us a little bit about Rahab’s identity. Flax stalks were used to make clothing, in ancient Egypt, only ladies of noble birth were allowed to do the spinning of flax. But it also shows us that Rahab was making clothes for her family and possibly to sell to others, she was an entrepreneur, by laying them in order, she kept her house clean and straight. Almost sounds like Proverbs 31.
After the troops leave, she goes to the roof and has a conversation with the men. Basically, she said, all the people of the lands had heard how the Lord had parted the Red Sea for the Hebrews to cross and everyone’s heart melted with fear.
Then she makes her confession of faith before the two men. Her Romans 10:10.
“For the Lord your God, He is the God of heavens above and the earth beneath.”
Now she enters into a covenant with the two men, please spare us from the wrath to come. “That you will deliver our lives from death.” Sounds like she had accepted Christ 1484 years before it was written. This shows the willingness of God to forgive sin, He understands lifestyles and He can bring you out of it if you will ask.
She provides the men a way of escape by letting them down a cord through a window. Again showing that she planned ahead for her family’s safety in case of a fire, (or maybe some other husbands made hasty escapes in the past.) But she was prepared!
She ties the scarlet cord in the window as a sign of redemption, scarlet represents the Blood of the Lamb, a thin red line of salvation. Not knowing that she would be grafted into the very bloodline of the Messiah, of whom she just now confessed to being God. She has been redeemed already, her life circumstances don’t represent the change at this very moment. She’s still living in the same brothel, but I bet her work slowed down a great deal after this.
Joshua and his forces marched around the city of Jericho silently for seven days, they blew some shofars and the walls came crashing down. Imagine Rahab and all her family inside the stone walls of Jericho. The sound of the shofars blast and the tremendous rumblings, the whole city being shaken, dust rising and this ear shattering noise of the walls collapsing. I can imagine her and her family huddled together praying to an unknown God, trusting Him to keep His missionaries word.
When Rahab and her family came out of their stone prison, they were slaves to sin no more.
And in like manner was not also Rahab the harlot justified by works, in that she received the messengers, and sent them out another way?
Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.
Rahab displayed her faith in God by her works of faith. Your faith can work too.
He is: “Jehovah-Palat”
100 Names of God