At Jericho, God shows mercy. Meet Rahab.Before You Listen
Theme: Loving my Neighbor - God Calls His People.
When we heard of it, our hearts melted in fear and everyone’s courage failed because of you, for the Lord your God is God in heaven above and on the earth below.
God had been working in Rahab’s heart before the spies even arrived. Forty years before, God had freed the Israelites from Egypt, parted the Red Sea, and given them miraculous victories over other, seemingly stronger kingdoms. The stories had spread across the wilderness, and Rahab believed that God could do everything he promised. Rahab showed her faith by obeying the spies’ instructions to keep her family with her in a house with a red cord outside. God rewarded Rahab for their obedience. When the walls of Jericho miraculously fell, Rahab and her family were safe.
Rahab did not feel worthy to join the people of Israel after the city was destroyed. She was a sinner and was one of Israel’s enemies. But God welcomed her, and she became so important to God’s story that she is listed as an ancestor of Jesus!
Want to dig deeper and learn more about unlikely people who God welcomed into his story? Check out the book of Ruth, Matthew 8:5-13, and John 4:1-40.
God worked in Rahab’s heart through the stories she had heard. How has God worked in your life and in the lives of people you know? Challenge yourself to share a story of God’s goodness and faithfulness with someone this week. Be sure to give God the credit for the blessings he has given.