Quiet Time Coaching Episode 466 | New Thing Series — Part 21 | “Rahab – an overview ” | Malcolm Cox

A new thing! I’m Malcolm Cox. Welcome to your daily devotional podcast anchored in Isaiah 43:19: ‘See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.’

We are currently looking at God doing a new thing in the life of Rahab. Today we conduct an overview of Rahab’s situation.

“Then Joshua son of Nun secretly sent two spies from Shittim. “Go, look over the land,” he said, “especially Jericho.” So they went and entered the house of a prostitute named Rahab and stayed there.
The king of Jericho was told, “Look, some of the Israelites have come here tonight to spy out the land.” So the king of Jericho sent this message to Rahab: “Bring out the men who came to you and entered your house, because they have come to spy out the whole land.”
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. 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.” (But she had taken them up to the roof and hidden them under the stalks of flax she had laid out on the roof.) 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.” (Joshua 2:1-7 NIV11)

Rahab is a fascinating character

  • She does almost all the talking.
  • She is shown as, in some ways, out-smarting the spies and the King.
  • She is outside society yet has inside knowledge of God’s plans
  • She is on the edge of town (inside the city wall) and closer to the purposes of God.
  • She has an immoral trade going on under her roof, but is open to the moving of God in her life.
  • She has control over the spies’ lives and yet recognises that they have power over her destiny.
  • She saves the spies, but is saved by them.
  • She is in Jesus’s genealogy (Matthew 1:5)
  • She is an inspiration of faith (Hebrews 11:31)
  • She is considered righteous (James 2:25

For Reflection
What do you hope to learn from Rahab? What ‘new thing’ is God doing in her life? What parallels can you see between her and your own situation?

I hope you find your heart, your life, your congregation and your world inspired by God doing a new thing. Until tomorrow, take care, and God bless.

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“Carpe Diem” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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