No matter what – I will be kind

Many decisions that ought to be taken are not taken due to one of the following reasons:
1. we try to rationalize the situation assuming that our finite and limited human minds has infinite comprehension and abilities or
2. we think of the consequences of the decision and are paralyzed for fear of life or fear of being ridiculed.

In today’s text, taken from Joshua 2, we will look at Rahab, who chose to be kind to God’s people NO MATTER WHAT.

As a backdrop to this character, Rahab was a harlot in the wealthy and pagan city Jericho. Joshua, Moses’ successor and God’s appointed sends two spies to spy the land, even Jericho and they arrive at Rahab’s place. The king of Jericho is warned of the spies and he sends a message to Rahab, inquiring about the  spies. Rahab, by faith, recognizing that these spies belonged to the Lord who is God of heaven and earth, welcomed them, hid them and helped them escape. She even misdirected the king’s men who came seeking after the spies. In response, she is given the promise to be spared when the Lord delivers the city of Jericho to Joshua and the Israelites. The consequences of Rahab’s action meant that her life could be in jeopardy from the king of Jericho  or his men. Rahab nonetheless chose to risk her life from the immediate present danger recognizing that her kindness will be repaid life for life (Joshua 2:14). Rahab chose to be kind to the spies NO MATTER WHAT the consequences would be.

Rahab in short can be considered to be a harlot heroine, a hooker who had a heart for God. If Rahab had rationalized or thought of the consequences, she would have possibly cost two spies their lives while her life may have been spared temporarily only until the time when the walls of Jericho came tumbling down and the Lord had given the city to Joshua. Her act of kindness not only did it spare her life eventually, but that of all her family. What is more is that she earned an entry into the Hall of Faith (Hebrews 11:31), and is counted in the same echelon as the patriarch Abraham (James 2:21-25)  and most importantly is one of the few women recorded in the genealogical account of the ultimate conquering King, Jesus Christ (Matthew 1:5). Our acts of kindness on God’s people, undoubtedly will not go unnoticed, and whatever is done even unto the least of the brethren will be counted as done unto God, Jesus the King himself (Matthew 25:40).

Also it is interesting to note that Rahab chose to be kind to the spies, NO MATTER WHAT and in return God chose to be kind with Rahab, sparing her life, NO MATTER WHO she was. 

Points to ponder:

  1. Who is God asking of you and me to be kind to today?
  2. Can we take the step to be kind unto one another, without rationalizing or thinking of the consequences, NO MATTER WHAT?

Rahab – in Jesus’ Genealogy

Rahab has been accounted for a few times in the Holy Bible, but did you know that she appears in the ancestry of Jesus?

She is first made known to us in the book of Joshua (Joshua 2), where she shows favor to the two spies that were sent out by Joshua to spy the land of Jericho. She puts her personal safety on line and lies not once, but twice, to the messengers sent by the King of Jericho. The first time she tells them she does not know where these men (Israelite spies) came from (Joshua 2:4), although she knew where they were from (Joshua 2:9-11) and the she tells them that she did not know where they went (Joshua 2:5) while she had hidden them on her rooftop (Joshua 2:6).

She is then mentioned in the book of Hebrew (Hebrew 11:31) along with Joshua and commended for her faith (in action).

Then she is mentioned in the book of James (James 2:25) in the same echelon as Abraham, who is deemed to be the Father of Faith. Faith according to the writer of the Hebrews is defined as “the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen”. Breen and Kallestad in their book, A Passionate Life, state that Faith is a Four Letter Word. It is not spelled ‘r-i-s-k’, but is spelled ‘s-u-r-e’.

Abraham, a Jew was justified by Faith because of his belief. He knew that he and his son would return as he informs his servants, wait here, I am the lad (Isaac, his son) will go and worship and “We“, not “I” will come back (Genesis 22:5). Though he believed he expressed it in his actions. So did Rahab, a gentile, prostitute (harlot) who proselytized of the victory that the Israelite army (army of God) will have the land of Jericho as she expresses, “I know that the Lord has given you this land” (Joshua 2:9). To make the long story short, in due course of time, she and her family was saved when the Israelites took over the land of Jericho. In a sense, you can say if Abraham was deemed the father of Faith, Rahab can be deemed to be the Mother of Faith.

Matthew 1:5 lists Rahab to be in the ancestry of Jesus Christ himself. Wow, what a testimony.

Point(s) to ponder:

  1. When we believe, let us act. First we must believe (Hebrews 11:31 says Rahab believed and so she acted)
  2. Putting our personal safety/comfort/etc on the line in the hands of men for God is not really paying the cost and God promises to be our shield and bulwark.
  3. Jew (Abraham) or Gentile (Rahab), it does not matter, as long as we ACT on our faith
  4. Faith is a four letter word; it is spelled ‘s-u-r-e’, not ‘r-i-s-k’
  5. Can someone call us the father/mother/brother/sister of Faith? Think about it.