Kindly Rahab

“I know that the Lord has given you the land for we have heard how the LORD dried up the water of the Red Sea before you.” -Joshua 2:9-10

Read: Joshua 2:8-14
Rahab—Gentile, woman, harlot. Surely if there was anyone in her community who was alienated and shamed, it would be Rahab. Surely she would be the last person to respond to God’s salvation in kindly faithfulness. Surely Rahab would be the last person honored by God, bringing salvation to his people. Is it any wonder that Rahab questioned if this same God who delivered the Israelites would be willing to deliver her and her household from death?

There is good news! Scripture testifies to Rahab’s kindness towards God’s people and the Lord’s subsequent kindness towards her and her family! Kindness, the Old Testament word linked to covenant loyalty, transforms the character of Rahab.

How was Rahab transformed into a vessel of the good news of God’s deliverance? Notice she never saw God’s salvation. She knew the Lord had given the land to the Israelites, for she heard that the Lord their God delivered his people from bondage. She declared her faithfulness when she acted in kindness toward the children of God, proclaiming that it was the Lord who is God over all things! This was the response of a harlot, a woman who somehow acted in great faithfulness, despite never having witnessed the miracles of God firsthand.

What was the result? No longer shamed and alienated, Rahab becomes a woman of great honor, listed among the esteemed lineage of Jesus and numbered among the faithful men and women of Hebrews 11.

Such shall our story be as we learn to walk by faith and not by sight.

Lord, thank you for your faithful kindness towards us. Give us seeing eyes, hearing ears and hearts that testify of your lordship over all things.

Savannah Pronovost, M.A. Old Testament Student,
Fresno Pacific Biblical Seminary; Clovis, CA