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From Shame to Blessing

August 11, 2011

I love the Bible story of Rahab.  A beautiful story of God’s grace and promises, a story filled with life lessons to learn from. 

 Rahab was known as Rahab the prostitute.  She was a woman well acquainted with shame. 

The Bible is clear.  We all fall short.  We have all sinned. We all know the feeling of shame.

The children of Israel had a promise land waiting for them. 

It was a gift and promise from God.  But He didn’t just drop it in their lap.  

They had to go out step by step and possess the land God had given them.  

We all have a personal purpose and a God-given plan for our life.  But, like the children of Israel we have go out step by step to live it.

How does one go from being a prostitute to becoming one of the great grandmothers of the Savior of the world?

  • The Choice. 

The time had come.

A moment presented itself in Rahab’s life.

She had to choose. 

Who would she serve?  Would it be a king of this world or the King of all Kings?

One evening the king of Jericho sent direct orders to her commanding her to turn over the spies that Joshua sent to Jericho. 

There she was in a brothel, a prostitute.  It was her time.  Time to choose. 

Rehab choose to align herself with the King of kings.  She hid God’s spies and risked her life to do it.  (Joshua 2: 3-6) 

Maybe we aren’t being asked to risk our life, but we all must make a choice. 

Whom will we serve?

  • Proclaim your Faith.

Just as there is a time to choose… there will come a time to proclaim our faith.

Rahab went to the spies and proclaimed her faith.

Joshua 2:11.  She said, “…For the LORD your god is the supreme God of the heavens above and the earth below.”  

She proclaimed her confident belief that their God is the One true living God. 

Our choice for God will always result in a proclamation of faith.

  • Believe God for Personal Promises

This faith in her heart gave her the boldness to believe that God could make personal promises to her. 

With boldness she believed God for big things.

Joshua 2:12 Now swear to me by the Lord that you will be kind to me and my family since I have helped you.  Give me some guarantee that when Jericho is conquered, you will let me live, along with my father and mother, my brothers and sisters and all their families.

She went with boldness of faith with her requests, knowing that she asked of Him who was able to answer. 

Her shame did not hold her back. 

Only faith. 

Confident faith in the one true “supreme God of the heavens above and earth below” was all she stood on as she made her requests. 

Faith to believe God for personal promises.

  • The Promise

Joshua 2:14 We offer our own lives as a guarantee for your safety, the men agreed. 

Joshua 2:17 -18

Before they left, the men told her,

“We can guarantee your safety only if you leave this scarlet rope hanging from the window. 

and all your family members – your father,

mother, brothers, and all your relative must be her inside the house.

The promise was made.

It was sealed with the offering of their lives and a scarlet rope.

Everything Rahab had asked for in faith was promised to her.

The scarlet rope covered her and her loved ones.  The promise was guaranteed with the offering of lives.

Someone offered His life for us. Jesus.

God’s promises have all been sealed in Him.

His scarlet blood covers us and opens the way to the very throne room of God. 

Making all His promises available to us.

  • God is a Promise Keeper

Joshua 6:20 … Suddenly, the walls of Jericho collapsed,

and the Israelites charged straight in the city from every side and captured it.

Joshua 6:22

Then Joshua said to the two spies,  “Keep you promise. 

Go to the prostitute’s house and bring her out, along with all her family.”

God kept His promise to the children of Israel and to Rahab.

He is able to do so much more than we can think or dare to ask for.

The same is true for Rahab.  She believed God for big things and He delivered everything she asked. 

But God…

ALWAYS has more in store for us than what we ask for.

He rescues us to restore and redeem us.

Rahab asked to be rescued.  She got a new identity. 

God brought her out of that brothel and moved her to a safe place near the camp of Israel.  Accepting her as His own.

She later gave birth to Boaz and is listed in the genealogy of Christ in Matthew 1:5

From prostitute to one of the great grandmothers of the Savior of the world. 

All things are possible with God. 

He covers our shame and replaces it with blessing.

What Big things are you believing God for? 

Dream Big! 

 

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. nina permalink
    August 11, 2011 8:30 am

    Thank you so much for this. I truly needed it today!

  2. August 12, 2011 6:29 pm

    The story of Rahab is one of the ones that knocks my socks off every single time. I used to just read over her name in the long list of the genealogies of Jesus. Then, one day I read the actual story of Rahab! Now, whenever I see her name in the line-up, I get goosebumps.

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