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Rahab was Rehabbed

09 Jul

Abilene North City

If the city of JERICHO had a yearbook, Rahab probably would have been voted “least likely to be saved”… well, that or “most popular!”

Rahab was young, a Canaanite, and a woman, which meant she was someone’s property. She was also perceptive, intelligent and well informed, AND she was a prostitute…not a hostess or tavern keeper as some theologians have tried to argue…NO…she sold her body to men for money. In fact, this designation stuck with her even after she was saved from destruction. The writer of Hebrews referred her as “the prostitute Rahab” (11:31) and James refers to her as “Rahab the prostitute” (2:25).

But, Rahab was Rehabbed!

She was redeemed! She went from HARLOT to HERO! She believed in God AND acted on what she believed. She followed the instructions the spies gave to her, immediately. She hung a scarlet rope out of her window. Simple, yet powerful. But it changed everything for her and her family. 

  • Rahab became the FIRST recorded Gentile convert.
  • Rahab married Salmon, one of the two spies whose life she saved. Rahab and Salmon had a son named Boaz…and Boaz married Ruth.
  • Rahab is listed in the genealogy of Jesus as one of the great-great-great-great (you get the picture) grandmothers of Jesus. She is one of only four women mentioned in Matthew’s genealogy of Jesus’ family; three of them were adulterers. Women were typically NOT included in genealogies. (Matthew 1:5)
  • Rahab’s name is included in among the great company of magnificent examples of faith — Moses, Abraham, Sarah, Noah, and Joseph. (Hebrews 11:31) 
  • Rahab is a supreme example of the power of putting faith into practice. (James 2:25) 

God is in the business of redeeming people

In my experience I’ve noticed that God doesn’t redeem someone to impress others; he redeems us because he loves us and wants us to be useful for the purpose for which he created us in the first place. It’s easy to discount someone, isn’t it? Had you met Rahab you might have said, (under your breath) “I think she still needs a little work!” “Clearly, God isn’t done with her yet.”

If you want divine results then follow her example by putting your faith to work. Put your actions where your faith is.  Like it or not, the truth of our words is proven by the work of our life! We can say anything we like, but what we really are is proven by what we do! A life that belongs to Jesus will be a life that wants to be involved in the things of God! The fruit of your life proves the root of your life!

Scriptures: Joshua 2:1-24, 6:17, 22-25; Matthew 1:5; Hebrews 11:31; James 2:25

(Photo Cred: Beth Holland, on a rooftop in Abilene, Texas, 2016)

 

 

 

 

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7 responses to “Rahab was Rehabbed

  1. Linda Holloway

    August 4, 2017 at 9:57 am

    Hi, Dan. I received the birthday card from Beth and you. Such a blessing! I’ve thought of you and prayed for you two over the years! Many changes in my life. Love to you both.

     
    • CoachDanHolland

      August 4, 2017 at 3:28 pm

      Linda, It’s so good to hear from you. Beth and I speak of you often. We look forward to a time when we can catch up on life. Dan

       
      • Linda Holloway

        August 4, 2017 at 6:16 pm

        Me too!

         
  2. Linda Holloway

    September 12, 2017 at 7:55 pm

    Are you all ok? I prayed for you two and your church family as well as Floridians in general as Irma approached. Did you get much flooding or damage?

     
    • CoachDanHolland

      September 18, 2017 at 3:40 pm

      Linda – Thanks so much for checking in with us. Yes, we are doing well. Had power restored Sunday afternoon around 3pm. So we feel like we’re back in modern civilization! lol. Hope you are doing well too! Dan

       
    • CoachDanHolland

      September 18, 2017 at 3:44 pm

      We did not have any damage…we sold our home a few months back. However we’ve had lots and lots of cleanup which will last for a while. One tree at a time; one pile of trash at a time…you know the drill. Our church has been blessed to serve so many. In fact Christians in general seem to have taken to helping others without regard to relationship, color, creed, or anything else. This is good to see. God at work through his people. People helping (loving) one another just because they are people and have a need. Thank you for your prayers! I’ll let beth know you contacted us. Be blessed! Dan

       
      • Linda Holloway

        September 20, 2017 at 5:28 pm

        So glad to hear from you! I did go on you church website and saw that you were helping others. I’d love to talk with you all. I’d planned to send a land response to your card, and here it is already well into Sept. Are you still at that address? I do need to tell you that Jerry went to be with Jesus in April of 2015. He was having some health issues, but that was totally unexpected. Of course I miss him, but I know where he is. That is a joy! The worst day of my life was the best of his. He lead many, people to the Lord. He’s with his first love now. I’m doing well. Busy with church work and walking the valley with three ladies who have lost husbands.

         

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