Quiet Time Coaching Episode 473 | New Thing Series — Part 28 | “Rahab’s Future” | 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 explore Rahab’s future.

“Abraham was the father of Isaac, and Isaac the father of Jacob, and Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers, and Judah the father of Perez and Zerah by Tamar, and Perez the father of Hezron, and Hezron the father of Aram, and Aram the father of Aminadab, and Aminadab the father of Nahshon, and Nahshon the father of Salmon, 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 King David.” (Matthew 1:2-6 NRSV)

The genealogy continues all the way to, “Jacob the father of Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom Jesus was born, who is called the Messiah.” (Matthew 1:16 NRSV)

Rahab’s future

  • We know almost nothing about Rahab and her family after they are rescued from the assault on Jericho.
  • We know that she appears in the genealogy of Jesus.
  • This means several things. She got married and she became a mother.

Someone put it like this:

God redefined Rahab —

  • from a fallen woman to a chosen woman,
  • from a bad girl to a bride,
  • from a mess to a mother and
  • from prostitute to progenitor of the Messiah.*

For Reflection
When we are baptised into Christ we are redefined by God. We become his children, part of his family. Our identity changes from stranger to friend. Our status changes from lost to found. Our future changes from horror to hope. Our destiny changes from hell to heaven.

“See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; and that is what we are. The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Beloved, we are God’s children now; what we will be has not yet been revealed. What we do know is this: when he is revealed, we will be like him, for we will see him as he is.” (1 John 3:1-2 NRSV)

Why not take some time today to pray to thank God for redefining you? Ask him to make clear all the ways in which he has changed your future.

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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*(https://lisaappelo.com/lessons-from-rahab-in-lineage-of-jesus/) Lisa Appello

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