Blessings today! The stats tell me this post has been read the most of any posted by Beholding Him Ministries. I am posting it today as a follow-up to our becoming ‘fishers of men.’ Since we are called to fish men, let us not overlook anyone.
23 Joshua said to the two men who had spied out the land,
“Go into the prostitute’s house and bring her out and all who belong to her,
in accordance with your oath to her.” 23 So the young men who had done
the spying went in and brought out Rahab, her father and mother,
her brothers and sisters and all who belonged to her. They brought out her
entire family and put them in a place outside the camp of Israel. 24 Then they
burned the whole city and everything in it, but they put the silver and gold and
the articles of bronze and iron into the treasury of the Lord’s house. 25 But Joshua spared Rahab the prostitute, with her family and all who belonged to her,
because she hid the men Joshua had sent as spies to Jericho—
and she lives among the Israelites to this day.
We know the end of this story, Joshua and the Israelites marched around this city carrying the Ark of the Covenant which represents the presence of God. At God’s appointed time, without a bow and arrow, without a gun, without missile technology… but with a shout of victory, those thick, tall walls came tumbling down… all but Rahab’s house, she and her family was saved, protected, delivered for Rahab was anchored in the Lord!
I am so blessed by Rahab’s story for it tells us
that our past doesn’t have to be our future.
God can do the turn around!
Isaiah 43:18 says, “do not remember the former things,
nor consider the things of old.
Behold, I will do a new thing.”
Rahab is such a clear demonstration of the grace and mercy of God and the hope we have in Him. He is the second chance, multiple chance God. But not only is He the God of the second chance and the multiple chance, but He is the God of the no-chance. When we look at Rahab’s dark background, there are some who would say, no way and the Lord says behold, “I do a new thing.”
Matthew 1 tells us that Rahab marries Salmon
and they had a baby boy name Boaz who grew to be a man
and married Ruth
and they had a child and named him Obed.
Obed had a son name Jesse
and Jesse’s son is named David as in King David,
whose kingdom will reign forever thru the lineage of Jesus,
who will save His people from their sins!
What a gracious and merciful God!
WOW! Rahab, from a prostitute to an ancestor of Jesus!
Some would say no way, Jesus speaks and says, whosoever will, I Am the Way!
Perhaps you are in need of another chance? The Lord is no respecter of persons. In fact, He specializes in bringing beauty from ashes!
In times like these you need a Savior, in times like these, you need an anchor, be very sure, your anchor holds and grips the solid rock. This Rock is Jesus, yes, He’s the one. This Rock is Jesus, the only One. Be very sure, your anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock!