I really love the story of Rahab! It is such an incredible picture of redemption. Rahab was a prostitute whose house was built on the walls of the city of Jericho. When Joshua sent spies into the promised land on a bit of a recce, Rahab helped them by hiding them from the authorities who were trying to capture them. She tells the spies that the people of Jericho have heard stories of the amazing things God has done for the Israelites; how He dried up the red sea in front of them and defeated their enemies. The people of Jericho were already completely terrified of the people of Israel and their God.
“And as soon as we heard it, our hearts melted, and there was no spirit left in any man because of you, for the Lord your God, He is God in the heavens above and on the earth beneath” Joshua 2:11
The amazing stories that preceeded God’s people brought revelation to the nations of who their God was. That’s why He wants us to have amazing stories too! The spies make a deal with Rahab and promise that she and her family will be saved when they invade. The sign of this promise is a scarlet cord tied in her window. This blood-red ribbon, like the blood on the doorposts in Egypt, speaks of Salvation. It speaks of a covenant promising freedom from the judgement coming. I love this scarlet cord that is threaded all the way through history – the blood of Jesus shed instead of our own. It is through this thread that we are drawn from fear right into God’s amazing stories. Did you know that Rahab goes on to become the mother of Boaz (who is Ruth’s Kinsman Redeemer)? And that her name is found in the genealogy of Jesus (Matthew 1:5)? Isn’t that just like God? He takes the most unlikely person from the most unlikely background, He saves them and writes them into His incredible, eternal story!
So the spies return safely to Joshua, and Joshua gets the people ready. For decades, wandering in the desert, they have been waiting for this day: the day they step into the promised land! I love this verse in Chapter 3:
“5 Joshua told the people, “Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do amazing things among you.””
And He did! He parted the Jordan river in front of them, causing it to pile up further up-stream so they could walk across on dry ground again (just like He did for Moses). What a beautiful endorsement of Joshua as their leader. And what assurance to them that He, the Almighty God, was with them. So they made a pile of stones taken from the middle of the Jordan – one for each tribe, to remind themselves of the miracle God did there.
I love that God didn’t leave them with just the stories of the last generation’s miraculous river crossing but He gave this generation their own amazing things! He isn’t a God of hand me downs! He has Amazing things for each and every one of us. If you have heard a story of God doing something amazing some other time in history, or perhaps today but in some other part of the world, He is the same Almighty God with you! It is totally permissible for you can ask for the same sorts of amazing things in your time and place! He is still the same God who speaks to a prostitute and can turn her into a mother of Kings. He is still the same God who makes a safe dry path for you walk on into the things He has promised you! Are you ready? For tomorrow the Lord will do amazing things amongst you!
I can’t wait to hear your amazing stories. Thanks for reading, love Rach x