Sharon Wilharm Bible Storyteller

Rahab Seeks Protection

Rahab waited for an opportunity to leave behind her old life and start a new life with the one true God. After professing her faith to the Hebrew spies, she then had a request for them.

“Now then, please swear to me by the LORD that, as I have dealt kindly with you, you also will deal kindly with my father’s house, and give me a sure sign that you will save alive my father and mother, my brothers and sisters, and all who belong to them, and deliver our lives from death.” (Joshua 2:12-13 ESV)

Rahab knew what was coming, and she wanted to make sure that she was on the winning side of the battle. Not only did she ask for safety for herself, but for her entire family.

The men agreed, saying that if she kept their confidence, when the time came to conquer Jericho, they would spare Rahab and her family.

She then let them down by a rope through the window of her house to the other side of the city wall, giving them instruction to hide in the mountains for three days until their pursuers came back. Then they would be safe to go on their way back to the Israelite camp.

How long did Rahab wait for God to come to her and rescue her? We don’t know. But somehow in the midst of her pagan life, God revealed Himself to her and showed her a hope for a better life. And when the opportunity came, she jumped on it.

Though a sinful woman, Rahab recognized that not only was the Hebrew God a mighty God but also a loving God who could rescue her despite the sins of her past. What a mighty God we serve!

Read about Rahab’s request in Scripture: Joshua 2:12-16

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