Carrie Bach, thank you for your steadfastness, the joy you find in your salvation, and this week’s encouraging message! We are looking at Rahab this week, as we break down some significant characters in the genealogy of Jesus.
Matthew 1:5-6: and Salmon the father of Boaz by Rahab, and Boaz the father of Obed by Ruth, and Obed the father of Jesse, and Jesse the father of David the king.
Church, let’s not let our sin define us; rather, let’s let the grace of God define us. Rahab was a woman, a gentile and a prostitute (and, given the context of the time period, all of these things contributed to cultural insignificance). But Rahab, as a child of God, was -more than anything – faithful and righteous. She received Jesus and let her heart be transformed by Him by faith.
Hebrews 11:31: By faith Rahab the prostitute did not perish with those who were disobedient, because she had given a friendly welcome to the spies.
James 2:25: And in the same way was not also Rahab the prostitute justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out by another way?
Joshua 2:4-6: But the woman had taken the two men and hidden them. And she said, “True, the men came to me, but I did not know where they were from. And when the gate was about to be closed at dark, the men went out. I do not know where the men went. Pursue them quickly, for you will overtake them.” 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.
Rahab received Jesus by faith, and she risked by faith. Rahab rejected the things not of God that were so prevalent in her culture. Living by true faith compels us to action. It’s not real faith if it’s not working in you and coming out of you in manifest.
Take a moment to ask yourself: where do I need to risk? Your finances or security? The approval of man?
Joshua 6:23-25: So the young men who had been spies went in and brought out Rahab and her father and mother and brothers and all who belonged to her. And they brought all her relatives and put them outside the camp of Israel. And they burned the city with fire, and everything in it. Only the silver and gold, and the vessels of bronze and of iron, they put into the treasury of the house of the Lord. But Rahab the prostitute and her father’s household and all who belonged to her, Joshua saved alive. And she has lived in Israel to this day, because she hid the messengers whom Joshua sent to spy out Jericho.
Rahab rejected being defined by the sins of her past. She had faith that God’s grace would cover her. Similarly, let us be a people that are continually being saved, rather than riding out on a one-time “salvation moment”.
Jesus’ genealogy is one of grace; it invites the best of us and the worst of us. Today is the day to live like a new creation, for God’s grace is generous.
Biblical references: Matthew 1:5-6; Hebrews 11:31; James 2:25; Joshua 2:4-6; Joshua 6:23-25
- Where do you need to risk in faith?
- What are you letting define you? Where do you need to let grace define you?
- What is robbing you of the fullness of joy of your salvation? Let Jesus come and bring you complete joy.