Enough was enough! I didn't choose gorgeous hair or skin like porcelain.
So, when the first good-looking guy came along with an invitation, I was outta there!
1 Then Joshua sent two spies from the Israeli camp at Acacia to cross the river and check out the situation on the other side, especially at Jericho. They arrived at an inn operated by a woman named Rahab, who was a prostitute. They were planning to spend the night there, 2 but someone informed the king of Jericho that two Israelis who were suspected of being spies had arrived in the city that evening. 3 He dispatched a police squadron to Rahab’s home, demanding that she surrender them.
“They are spies,” he explained. “They have been sent by the Israeli leaders to discover the best way to attack us.”
Joshua 2:1-3 TLB
There's got to be more. I've been hearing about this god, "Yahweh". Some of the guys who stop here just for a meal talk about how "good" this Yahweh is, not like the gods people serve around here.
What do these spies know? Why are they willing to risk their lives for a god they say lives on a mountain, but leads them by smoke and fire? Is this the more I've been looking for?
Great! The cops are here.
4 But she had hidden them, so she told the officer in charge, “The men were here earlier, but I didn’t know they were spies... 6 But actually she had taken them up to the roof and hidden them beneath piles of flax that were drying there... 8 Rahab went up to talk to the men before they retired for the night.
9 “I know perfectly well that your God is going to give my country to you,” she told them. “We are all afraid of you; everyone is terrified if the word Israel is even mentioned... 12-13 Now I beg for this one thing: Swear to me by the sacred name of your God that when Jericho is conquered you will let me live, along with my father and mother, my brothers and sisters, and all their families. This is only fair after the way I have helped you.”
14 The men agreed. “If you won’t betray us, we’ll see to it that you and your family aren’t harmed,” they promised.
Joshua 2: 4,6,8-9, 12-14 TLB
17-18 But before they left, the men had said to her, “We cannot be responsible for what happens to you unless this rope is hanging from this window and unless all your relatives—your father, mother, brothers, and anyone else—are here inside the house. 19 If they go out into the street, we assume no responsibility whatsoever; but we swear that no one inside this house will be killed or injured. 20 However, if you betray us, then this oath will no longer bind us in any way.”
21 “I accept your terms,” she replied. And she left the scarlet rope hanging from the window.
Joshua 2: 17-21 TLB
Oh God, now I know you are the God of truth and hope. I don't know why you showed me mercy, but I'm so glad you did. My life is yours to do as you will.
By faith—because she believed in God and his power—Rahab the harlot did not die with all the others in her city when they refused to obey God, for she gave a friendly welcome to the spies.
Hebrews 11:31 TLB
But you know what, Dear Reader? After studying Rahab's story in Joshua, none of that mattered to me.
And Rahab used her baby faith and creativity to step out in courage to hide and protect Joshua's spies. God honored Rahab's choices by giving her a second chance. If you check the list in Matthew 1 (v.5), you'll notice she is one of the few women included in the geneology of Jesus.
Wisdom, faith, creativity, and courage. Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ, the Lord will take whatever we have, no matter how great or small, and do amazing things!
Dear Reader, do we have the faith and courage to step up, step out, and believe the Lord has called each of us to be so much more than a pretty face?