Posted by: springsinthedesert | May 6, 2010

Simple….Yet Strong Faith

Now therefore, I beg you, swear to me by the LORD, since I have shown you kindness, that you also will show kindness to my father’s house, and give me a true token, and spare my father, my mother, my brothers, my sisters, and all that they have, and deliver our lives from death.”

          Joshua 2:13

As we all know, Hebrew chapter 11 is a chapter of faith. I love to read that chapter, because I feel that,  reading about all those men, great in faith, will help me continue to hope for the things unseen and do not doubt His promises. That list of men starts with God himself…and goes on with Abel, Abraham, Enoch, Moses, and so on….and wait a minute…did you notice the name of a woman there….a harlot named Rahab?? How did a prostitute get a place in that list of people with great faith??

We see Rahab first mentioned in the Bible in the book of Joshua chapter 2. With the leadership of Joshua, the people of Israel is about to reach their promised land and Jericho was the first city they had to conquer in the promised land. Joshua had sent two spies to find out how strong this land of Jericho was.

Now let me tell you about this Rahab. She was a prostitute who lived on the city gates of Jericho. Now Jericho was a land of many gods…and there is no doubt Rahab served them and was fallen into the sin of abomination. There were no laws or commandments to correct her… a priest or religious person to counsel her. Living in that sinful city which was about to be destroyed by God…she continued living a life of sin.

But one day, two men came into her house..Recognizing them as the Israelites, she hid them in her house and helped them to escape from the pursuers of Jericho. This woman, a prostitute, knew about the Jehovah…the God who saved the people of Israel by parting the red sea…she had heard lot about HIM and she very well knew what terror her country was in because of this God..Rahab knew that this God of Israel is the only true God..the God of heaven and earth and she confessed and proclaimed the existence and supremacy of Jehovah…. Something which the people of Israel failed to understand…even after seeing the miracles and being led in the wilderness.

Rahab had nothing to boast about…no great heritage, she was not a righteous person and had no personal experience with this God of Jehovah. Yet she believed in Him…If you read from verses 9-13, you will see that she was so sure that this God will definitely give the victory to the people of Israel by destroying the land of Jericho.Rahab have never celebrated any Passover feast…has not received any promises from God…yet she knew that this God can only give her the redemption she hoped for all her life. So in return to her kindness….she asked for a true token. All these years she has received many tokens which reminded her about her sin and her lustful life…She wanted a freedom from her past…and she asked for it…a true token…Did she receive that true token??/

Yes…when the spies left her house, they asked her to bind a scarlet rope on her window and that would be the sign for her house when they come to attack the land of Jericho. Finally she heard the people of Israel march outside the wall of Jericho…she would have seated next to that window..watching them and faithfully holding onto that scarlet thread…One time…two times……as they continued…her father, mother and siblings might have questioned her about her blind faith….but on that seventh day…after marching for the seventh time….and when the priest called the trumpet….the wall of Jericho fell to the ground completely…except the house of Rahab. From that wicked city, God chose one to be saved…that too..a sinner like Rahab..Did she receive the true token of salvation…Yes she did right? From that day onwards..a gentile, a prostitute…was one among the family of God..a woman with great faith.

We were sinners like her..but God’s love came in search of us..to that sinful gate and found us there…We were given the true token of redemption through the cross of Jesus Christ…and we were saved from the destruction of sin. Today we may be a part of God’s family..free from our past sin…a new creation….but how about our faith in Him? Do we have a simple..yet strong faith in this God of Rahab? Do we know for sure that He will give victory over all our impossible Jericho walls? Do we firmly believe that this God we trust will part the Red sea for us?? If we show that simple faith and hold onto that scarlet thread of salvation…then we will be able to save a couple more from the destruction. Your faith….will lead some others to your own household…and they will be given the privilege to be in God’s family just because they were inside the house marked with that scarlet thread…the true token of salvation.

God Bless,

Rani John

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Responses

  1. Wow! He used you to really strengthen me today! I needed this! 🙂 God bless you as you trust and believe in Him today! love, deb

    • Deb,

      Thank you for encouraging me….Many a times when God gives me hints and thoughts which I need to write in the blog…I wonder..is it truly going to help someone…
      but to know that someone is encourgaged in their walk with Jesus..is just so rewarding…

      God Bless,
      Rani

  2. Rani,

    Yes, like Rahab, we were once considered unfit to shared into the covenant promise of Abraham’s seed. But…Jesus went on the cross and purchased what we wouldn’t have rightfully done for our own redemption. Yes…through Jesus, we received a true token of mercy, grace and forgiveness…to live withing the walls of Jerusalem in peace with our Heavenly Father. I thank God…for the scarlet thread…for indeed it represents our token of salvation.

    Thank you for this powerful reminder!

    Love and hugs

    Gladwell

    • Gladwell,

      I’m glad that He gave me that true token of love and mercy…and made me a member of His kingdom…
      Thank you Gladwell for all your encouragements…
      God Bless,
      Rani

  3. Rani, What a great post! I love Old Testament stories in which God redeems because they serve to tie the Old and New Testament together as one promise of salvation through Christ. Peace, Linda

    • Linda,

      I too love to read old testament stories..because I feel that they are a shadow to the new testament…and they help me visualise God’s purpose and plans for me from the lessons that we learn from their stories….

      God Bless,
      Rani

  4. Rani,
    Thank you for continually sharing from the Old Testament and opening my eyes to see how God has been true yesterday, today and forever. God certainly is merciful to have taken me from my brokenness and transforming me into His likeness for no reason of my own. Thank you for this reminder and I pray God’s blessings on you as you continue to walk with Him and share His love to the many seeking souls.
    Vineet

    • Vineet,

      God often leads me to the Old Testament…and speaks to me through their stories…I especially love this story of Rahab..because its the shadow of the redemption through Jesus Christ…something which we can relate to.

      God Bless,
      Rani


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