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Bad Girls of the Bible: Meet Rahab

During the month of August, South Africa celebrates Women’s Day.

We reflect on great examples of women who inspire us. The way they live their lives and their accomplishments that inspire us to be brave and to do great things.

I reflect on some of the women from the Bible. We know a lot about the good girls but there is much to learn from the bad girls too!

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One such women who inspired me is Rahab. She lived in the ancient biblical times of the Old Testament. The life of Rahab demonstrates the redemptive love of our loving God on a woman who didn’t always have it all together.

Who was Rahab?

Living on the wrong side society

Like a cool action movie, we are introduced to Rahab in the book of Joshua chapter 2 . She was a prostitute who lived in a house at the edge of the city. Her house was on the outskirts of the city of Jericho right up against the outside wall.

She was estranged from her family and everyone looked down on her

Rahab entertained travelling men at her house which is probably how she heard about the marching tribe of Israelites and their living God.

As the Israelites marched towards Jericho under the command of Joshua, two spies were sent ahead of the army. The spies stayed at the house of Rahab but the king of Jericho found out about the spies and dispatched soldiers to search her house.

Rahab’s quick thinking saved the spies when she hid them on the roof of her house. She lied to the soldiers and diverted them in a different direction. She then safely saw the spies out of the city with instructions on how to get home that saved their lives.

Read the full story on the website of one of my favorite author’s: lizcurtishiggs.com.

Why did she commit treason and risk her life?

“For the Lord your God, He is God in the heavens above and on the earth beneath” Joshua 2:11

We don’t know where Rahab had heard about God and the plight of the Israelites. Having entertained many travelers in her home, we can only assume that’s how she learned about it.

She made a deal to help the men of God on condition that her family be spared from the slaughter. She believed that God would give victory to His people without a doubt.

God gave Rahab incredible insight and she became a believer. For someone who did not grow up in a Christian home, this level of faith was really quite remarkable. Many of us are exposed to His truth our whole lives but we still don’t believe.

How many times does give you fresh insight into His plans through His Word? 

What I love about Rahab

  • Rahab didn’t need to see to believe. She was convinced that everything she had heard about a living God being the God of heaven and the earth was absolutely true. Maybe she was struggling in her life and desperate for hope and better quality of life? When hope was offered she seized it.
  • Rahab had a big heart. Even though she was estranged from her family she still begged for their lives to be spared. We can only imagine what circumstances led to her leading a life which ostracized her from her family.
  • Rahab was skilled in the art of charm. She was able to convince and misled soldiers of the king’s army. She used her personality traits to do something good and save lives.
  • Rahab was a hero. You can only imagine how grateful her family must have felt to have been spared from sure death through a daughter that everybody had shunned.

Condemned but not forever

Rahab’s way of life and her people might have ended at the battle of Jericho but her life story was only just beginning. In all her years of struggle she may have felt depressed, a failure and hopeless but she couldn’t predict what was coming.

God had BIG plans for her!

The city of Jericho did fall but her whole family was spared. They were adopted by the Israelite tribe and lived with them from that day.

One of the spies, Salmon, who’d life she saved fell in-love with her and made an honest woman out of her. She found love at last!

What we can learn from Rahab

How many times do we see evidence of God’s amazing love for us yet be lacking in our faith? Not believing that God is who He says He is? That He has wonderful plans for us (Jeremiah 29:11)?

Thank God that He blessed Rahab with the insight that He is the living God. Thank God that she believed in Him with her whole heart!

She availed herself to do God’s work and He used her exactly as and where she was.

God honored her

Despite her former life, God honored her above other women. After marrying the spy, Salmon, Rahab became ancestor of a long line of great men of faith. Her genealogy included great kings like David, Solomon, etc. and Jesus Christ Himself.

This is how God works, beloved—revealing his truth to those whose hearts are open, doing his mighty deeds through his people, showing his hand when necessary. If we have ears to hear, his voice is easily heard. If we have eyes to see, we see him everywhere. – See more at: lizcurtishiggs.com

Rahab was always part of God’s plan. Her faith is celebrated in Hebrews 11:31, and her righteousness in James 2:25. – See more at: lizcurtishiggs.com/

What a woman! What a God! He proves to us women are not defined by their roles or what they do. He is after our hearts.

Isn’t it amazing to know that you don’t first have to be someone special before you come to God? He loves you just as you are! Next time you think  your life is hopeless and going nowhere slowly, take heart! Great things are planned for you and it could be right around the corner. Stay close to God and BELIEVE that He is in control of your life.

Are you inspired by Rahab’s life story?  Let me know in the comments below.

Anthea

Anthea O'Neill is happily married wife and proud mother of two, a son and a daughter. She is a digital designer & front-end developer by day and a self-proclaimed glitter & crafting addict with a flair for the dramatic. Anthea's Project Life is a place for anyone who is looking to add some creativity and fun into their family life.

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8 Comments

  1. I have sometimes wondered if Rahab’s harlotry was not chosen. I know that the Canaanite people used forms of slavery for their temple prostitutes. I wonder if Rahab saw the people of Israel who worshipped a different God and hoped for freedom from her current “calling” as a harlot.

    1. You make a good point, Paul. From our point of view (that of a free society) we assume she was forced into slavery but we also have to consider that she was a Canaanite and their practices were very different from ours. I can only imagine that she could not have been happy with her career and that’s why she was so determined to follow God as He brought her hope.

  2. Do you celebrate International Women’s day as well Anthea on the 8th March?

    1. No Helen, in South Africa we celebrate it on the 9 August.

  3. Lize de Jager says:

    Wow Anthea – God really uses you to share such wonderful insights with us. You are a wonderful woman and a wonderful friend! May God bless you and your family in abundance!

    1. Thank you Lize I appreciate all your encouragement too! It goes both way!

  4. Pamela Overmeyer says:

    I am inspired by this story. God is using me in spite of my circumstances. I’ve stopped questioning because I cannot make any sense of it, so I plod along & walk where he leads. I’m enjoying the adventure

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