Year of Faith Article V:
Great is Your Faith!
Rahab commended for her faith. Joshua 2:1-24 (Heb. 11:31)
Now, when one is commended for their faith, it means a whole lot more than merely having faith. It means taking a risk and putting one’s faith into action and that is just what Rahab who supposedly kept a brothel did. Hmm… a harlot in the company of men of God? That will certainly be headlines for all the News and Radio channels today. I can already envisage the various captions: “Clergy Caught Pants Down!”, “Strange Bed-Fellows!”, “What a Conundrum!” “Explanation Please…!” You have gotten the idea… Rahab’s actions and those of Joshua’s spies were audacious indeed.
Can you imagine defying the king of the land in favor of some “religious” nuts of whom you have only heard strange stories of their strange God? Yet, Rahab must have noticed something unique about these men sent by Joshua. They were trustworthy men and they kept their word. See, when they promised to protect Rahab and her family they gave her specific instructions to follow. Rahab followed their instructions and her family was saved. Likewise, they trusted their lives to Rahab by following her instructions and they were able to deliver Jericho into the hands of Joshua. These men followed Joshua’s instructions not asking why they had to stay at the house of a woman with a questionable character known in all the land.
What do we learn from Rahab? For starters, maybe we should not be so quick to judge others. We are reminded in Matthew 7:1 not to judge so that we too will not be judged. Have you wondered how Rahab came to be known as a harlot? How did people know that she was a harlot or that she kept a brothel? Obviously this information must have taken place through gossip. How often do we pass on information about others without checking for facts? Maybe, we may think twice before repeating negative information about others.
Notice that Rahab’s actions made such a difference that she is mentioned in Hebrews as having faith. Incredible, some may say but faith is a different ball game. It calls for action, bravery and total dependence in dire circumstances. May this Year of Faith see an increase in our faith as we learn to listen, obey and totally trust in the Lord, for he is faithful! Just out of curiosity what would you have done if you had been one of the men sent by Joshua to seek directions, guidance and shelter in a brothel?
Dorothy Mensah-Aggrey, MA
Administrative Specialist-Curriculum Design & Adult Catechesis
University of Dayton
Institute for Pastoral Initiatives
Note: This is a series of articles that will be published periodically during the Year of Faith taking a different perspective on the biblical aspects of the Year of Faith.
Original Release Date: Oct. 2013