READ: Joshua 5:13-6:27 (esp., v6:22-25)
- We once again return to Rahab. We are reminded of the promises made to her by the two spies she hid in the thatches of her roof. Those same two spies are sent into that part of Jericho to be sure those promises were kept. While even the people of Jericho were a gift to God as part of the ban, Rahab and her family were the exception. Because of her faithfulness to Israel, God chose to bring her through the destruction unscathed.
- It would be beyond disillusioning if God didn’t keep this promise to Rahab and her family. It would violate the very trust this entire episode is designed to elevate. To not save Rahab (and family) would violate the very trust that would cause us to hold God in such high regard. But we would never even expect this promise to not be fulfilled. God is a faithful God.
- Not only is Rahab and family saved from the destruction of Jericho, she begins living with Israel. The text reminds us that she spent the rest of her days with Israel. Even as we read the rest of the story we discover that Rahab shows up in the lineage of Jesus, the Messiah. We also see her appear in the New Testament as an example of faithfulness.
- Rahab challenges us to trust in the most difficult situations. What situation is that for you?
- In what way is God faithful even when the harsh parts of life still occur?
- Who are others in your life that have modeled faithful obedience?
Thank God for those who have modeled faithfulness to you. Pray that your faithfulness is a model to others.