Monday, 27 February 2017

If You Are Not A Rara, Then Who Is Your Rara?

Haha . . . The title of today's post came up with a reggae tune in my head. How are you? It's a happy Monday! I choose to be happy. You can too!

OK. We are still on The Prepare Your Heart Series 2017. The first thing we shared on the series is God called Joshua and gave him a charge (read here). The second thing is Joshua received courage and got set to work (read here). The third thing is the preparation of food for the journey ahead (read here).

Let's throw some light on the fourth thing today!

Rahab's Faith


The fourth thing to observe in the book of Joshua is in chapter 2.

" And Joshua the son of Nun sent out of Shittim two men to spy secretly, saying, "Go view the land, even Jericho. And they went, and came into an harlot’s house, named Rahab, and lodged there."
 (Joshua 2:1)

The Book hasn't referred to Joshua, as Joshua the son of Nun after the introduction in Chapter 1. This one that His full name was mentioned, it must be a serious matter oh. 

OK. That didn't pierce my heart as much as the fact that the spies chose to go to Rahab's house. Rahab of all people!

"Why Rahab?" I asked.

Most times, when we see or hear Rahab’s name, harlot is what always come to mind.

"Rahab is a bad gurl!" I was thinking.

She is defiled. She is impure. She is unclean. She is a p.r.o.s.t.i.t.u.t.e.

Lord, why Rahab?!!

Then after a couple of minutes trying to find an answer, "She is chosen. I prepared her." I heard a sweet gentle whisper.

There is so much about Rahab that we don't know.

Rahab is a hero.
Rahab is chosen.
Rahab is a prophetess.

Read what she said when the spies ran to her house for safety, “I know that the Lord has given this land to you . . . The Lord your God, is the God in heaven above and the God in earth beneath” (Joshua 2:9,11)

Who told her?
How did a harlot know this?
She even knows about a God in heaven? 

That is unmistakably a statement of fact and a confession of faith. Rahab told these spies what they already knew. She kinda prophesied.

Rahab's heart was indeed prepared for their escape.

"I need a Rahab!" I childishly prayed. Lol.

This is how God works, sweeties—revealing His truth to those whose hearts are open, doing great things through people, showing up to meet us at the point of our needs. If we have ears to hear, we will easily hear His voice. If we have eyes to see, we can see him everywhere.

KEY: 
Never look down on people. You may never know who your Rahab is until you are desperately in need of a place for safety, a place to hide, a secret to keep, etc

Not only was Rahab prepared by God to save the spies; she was also prepared to save her family. She told the men to “Spare the lives of my father and mother, my brothers and sisters, and all who belong to them.” (Joshua 2:13). 

This right here is faith lived out: thinking of others, putting their needs ahead of our own.



Rahab is a legend of faith.

I can't explain it but this truth gives me goosepimples: would I be willing to save my whole family, and risk my own life while at it? Yes, I pray for my loved one. But would I really risk everything to save them, as Rahab did?

I have come to love this character during the course of this study. I can't write everything my heart was drawn to in a post. But Rahab is an inspiration for me, demonstrating how we can leave the past behind and walk forward in grace.

READ: How To Overcome The Guilt Of Sexual Sin

Is Rahab a prostitute? Yes. Is Rahab's body defiled? Yes. Is Rahab a sinner? Yes. But Rahab was chosen and prepared by a God who loves her.

The past has nothing on the one who God has chosen - the one whose future has already been prepared.

Rahab is bae. Rara, the bad gurl who lied to the bad guys to protect the good men God sent her way. Ooshey! 🙌

Thanks for reading. Enjoy your week. Stay inspired.

Discussion: Ever encountered a Rahab on your journey? Have you ever been a Rahab who repented? What's your newest perspective about Rara?

P.S Erm, in as much as I love to do this study, there is no way I can cover a whole chapter in each PYH post all by myself. If there is something you discovered in your personal study of Joshua chapter 2, please share. Let's learn and grow in the Word together oh.


Written by Nwamaka Ajaegbu 
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