But the woman had taken the two men and hidden them. She said, “Yes, the men came to me, but I did not know where they had come from. 5 At dusk, when it was time to close the city gate, they left. I don’t know which way they went. Go after them quickly. You may catch up with them.” 6 (But she had taken them up to the roof and hidden them under the stalks of flax she had laid out on the roof.) 7 So the men set out in pursuit of the spies on the road that leads to the fords of the Jordan, and as soon as the pursuers had gone out, the gate was shut.
Now, when the king’s men come to Rahab, she admits that the men did come but says she doesn’t know where they came from, ‘they left at dusk when it was time to close the gate and she doesn’t know which way they went… hurry, and you may be able to catch them. So the men head in the direction of the Jordan trying to find the spies.’ Rahab lied.
Rahab lied and let me say that God’s Word is God’s Word and He doesn’t condone lying. In fact, He has commanded us, “thy shall not lie.”
Now, let’s put ourselves in Rahab’s place and just give thought to what you or I would have done, and not just the you of today but you as a new believer. The king’s men are standing before you. They know the two spies came in your house, and your life depends on your response. You can hand the spies over and die with the rest of the ‘ites’ when Israel invades the land or you can trust God and do what you can to protect the spies. What would you do?
Let’s just agree to pray that you and I, even now,
would have the faith to trust God. Amen.
Instead of focusing on the lie, let’s focus on the courage of this woman who has been surrounded with and living in darkness all her life to save the two men of God. You see, I believe that thru Rahab’s lie, God demonstrates His great love and compassion. He is the Great God, I Am that I Am, who is everything we need, who extends a personal invitation to come just as you are… no matter who you are, where you’ve been, or what you’ve done… come and live forever. He meets Rahab right where she is … prostitute, lie and all. She is God’s great picture of “whosoever will” for all to see and understand the greatness of His love, grace and mercy.
When the king’s men showed up at her door, Rahab had to make the same choice
that every man must make… go with God or stay where you are.
Rahab made the choice to go with God and now the Lord will work
in her to make the right choices as He teaches her His Word and ways.
Philippians 1:6 says that He who began a good work in you will
carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus!
I don’t know about you, I can only speak for myself, but I tell that January 30th, 2016
is a mighty good day to say Thank You Jesus, for if it had not been for the
“come just as you are, Lord” on my side where would I be! Glory to your Holy Name!