Rahab and her family jostled to view the soldiers marching around their city. She counted seven men blowing trumpets, otherwise, no one spoke. Her spine tingled when a couple of the soldiers eyed the red cord hanging from her window.
When would they attack? What were they waiting for?
For six days, the men came, circled the city, and returned to camp. The seventh day began like the previous six, but this time they continued to circle—two, three…seven times. When would they strike? Suddenly, loud trumpets and thunderous shouts made Rahab jump. Her walls shook. Neighbors screamed. Dust stung her nose and eyes. What was happening? How could the spies save her if she lay buried under Jericho’s walls?
Her family bolted for the door, but Rahab was quicker. “No!” she shouted above the clamor, spreading her arms to bar the exit. “We must stay put.”
Faith in Action
The spies didn’t know the walls would collapse when they told Rahab to gather her family inside her home and hang the scarlet cord outside her window. The captain of the Lord’s army hadn’t yet given General Joshua those battle plans. If they had known, surely, they wouldn’t have told her to stay in her house while the walls crumbled. Had they messed up?
Rahab heard the good news about God, responded to His prompting to hide the Hebrew spies, and followed their directions from start to finish. Just as Israel had put lamb’s blood on their doors, she hung the scarlet cord out of her window as a sign of her trust in Yahweh. And death passed over her and her family.
It didn’t matter that the spies didn’t know God’s plan. Nor did it matter that the wall that supported Rahab’s house would disintegrate. What mattered was she trusted the Lord. He was her hiding place and saved her from destruction. Her name lives on as an ancestor of Jesus and an example of faith and God’s grace.
Rahab’s courageous faith moved her to transfer her allegiance from the king of Jericho to the King of heaven. It directed her to hide the spies. Her contagious faith strengthened her to stay planted when every instinct told her to flee when her house shook.
By faith the prostitute Rahab, because she welcomed the spies, was not killed with those who were disobedient” (Heb. 11:31 NIV).
The Amorites had become so wicked that they sacrificed their own children. Perhaps God waited all those years to destroy Jericho so He could save Rahab and her family and add her bloodline into His Son’s family tree.
Joshua demonstrated faith by having his men march around Jericho day after day when they could not see how their marching made a difference. It didn’t make sense to march seven times as long on the day they would fight. But they obeyed. And God dropped the walls in an instant.
Sometimes we pray and pray and nothing happens. Sometimes God calls us to stay planted when our instincts tell us to flee. This story reminds us not to put our faith in what we see but to trust the invisible God who commanded us to persevere in prayer and obedience. We may be just one lap away from seeing the walls come down.Sometimes we pray and pray and nothing happens. We may be just one lap away from seeing the walls come down. #RefreshingFaith, #Faith Click To Tweet
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