SATURDAY, OCTOBER 13
Scripture: Matthew 1:4-6, Joshua 2:1
In Matthew 1:4-6 we are told, “ Ram begot Amminadab, Amminadab begot Nahshon, and Nahshon begot Salmon. Salmon begot Boaz by Rahab, Boaz begot Obed by Ruth, Obed begot Jesse, and Jesse begot David the king.” Let’s take a look at a woman named Rahab whose name first appears in Joshua 2. Here we have Joshua sending two spies into the Promised Land to survey the land. They lodged with Rahab the harlot who ran a brothel. And she was counted among the lineage of Christ. It is one thing to say we understand people who have had some sexual mistakes but what about someone who makes it their business. God is sending us a message about the depth of His redemption! Rahab had her own personal God-moment. We know that is true as we hear her own confession in Joshua 2:8-11 which says, “I know that the Lord has given you the land, that the terror of you has fallen on us, and that all the inhabitants of the land are fainthearted because of you. For we have heard how the Lord dried up the water of the Red Sea for you when you came out of Egypt, and what you did to the two kings of the Amorites who were on the other side of the Jordan, Sihon and Og, whom you utterly destroyed. And as soon as we heard these things, our hearts melted; neither did there remain any more courage in anyone because of you, for the Lord your God, He is God in heaven above and on earth beneath.” The terror of the Lord persuaded Rahab and unlike the others in her city the honor and awe which entered her heart became her pathway to salvation.