As I think about the story of Rahab, I can’t help but marvel at the wondrous work of redemption that was accomplished in her story. We are told that Rahab was a prostitute. This label assigned to her multiple times, not being hidden within the pages of God’s Word.
“And the city and all that is within it shall be devoted to the Lord for destruction. Only Rahab the prostitute and all who are with her in her house shall live, because she hid the messengers whom we sent.” Joshua 6:17
“But Rahab the prostitute and her father’s household and all who belonged to her, Joshua saved alive. And she has lived in Israel to this day, because she hid the messengers whom Joshua sent to spy out Jericho.” Joshua 6:25
“By faith Rahab the prostitute did not perish with those who were disobedient, because she had given a friendly welcome to the spies.” Hebrews 11:31
“And in the same way was not also Rahab the prostitute justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out by another way?” James 2:25
Give the girl a break, right? We get the picture, she had an occupation, being what she DID, not who she WAS. I can relate, can you? Have you been in a place such as this? It’s a place where you are perceived but not really “known”. A place where something or someone identifies you completely, yet only makes up a small part of who you really are.
But…alas, there is a redeeming verse for Rahab. In a passage that literally delivers hope we once again find Rahab’s name, giving her a new and beautiful identity that few carry.
“…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 David the king.” Matthew 1:5-6
Rahab is one of 5 woman mentioned in the genealogy of Jesus. Her name falls amongst the line of King Jesus, one of His Great-Grandmas. I call that a redeeming work! When God cast His gaze toward the battle of Jericho, He set His affection on a young lady named Rahab, and had wrote her into the greatest love story of all! As Rahab dropped that red cord from her window, not only would it bring rescue it would redeem and RENAME!
Our all-knowing God knew that one day red would drop once again. This time it would not drop from a window, but from His One and only Son. This would become our renaming, redeeming rescue.
This is who God is. He is all about redemption. It is the reason for this beautiful season. His deep desire to redeem His children from sin and death led Him to choose an offer of redemption. This redemption would be accomplished through a work that required the ultimate sacrifice, one that began with a baby boy. In the process of bringing Him into the world He chose to use some of the “least of these”, redeeming all along the way.
If you believe and follow Jesus you can’t separate who you are from the redeeming love of Jesus. You’re in the genealogy as well.
He calls us brothers:
“ For he who sanctifies and those who are sanctified all have one source. That is why he is not ashamed to call them brothers,”
Brothers…of whom He is the Firstborn:
“For those whom He foreknew [and loved and chose beforehand], He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son [and ultimately share in His complete sanctification], so that He would be the firstborn [the most beloved and honored] among many believers.”
Being in the sibling group, we are fellow heirs:
“The Spirit Himself testifies and confirms together with our spirit [assuring us] that we [believers] are children of God. And if [we are His] children, [then we are His] heirs also: heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ [sharing His spiritual blessing and inheritance], if indeed we share in His suffering so that we may also share in His glory.”
Now, if that is not redemption, what is?
“Then His mother and His brothers arrived, and standing outside they sent word to Him and called for Him. A crowd was sitting around Him, and they said to Him, “Look! Your mother and Your brothers are outside asking for You.” And He replied, “Who are My mother and My brothers?” Looking at those who were sitting in a circle around Him, He said, “Here are My mother and My brothers! For whoever does the will of God [by believing in Me, and following Me], he is My brother and sister and mother.”
Look up redeemed one…
there should be a star to guide you…
it’s your brother and King…JESUS!