December 19, 2018 – The Names of Jesus’ Family: Rahab
Holy God, we confess we are sinful and deserve only your wrath and punishment. Come to us with your mercy. Draw us near to you in your love. Assure us of you full and free forgiveness through Jesus our Savior. Amen.
Then Joshua son of Nun secretly sent two spies from Shittim. “Go, look over the land,” he said, “especially Jericho.” So they went and entered the house of a prostitute named Rahab and stayed there.
But Joshua spared Rahab the prostitute, with her whole family and all who belonged to her, because she hid the men Joshua had sent as spies to Jericho – and she lives among the Israelites to this day.
Salmon the father of Boaz, whose mother was Rahab, Boaz the father of Obed, whose mother was Ruth, Obed the father of Jesse.
We’ve been talking about names this week. Rahab had a name too. Her name was Rahab, the prostitute. And that’s not a good name. She got the name because she had sinned against God and done some sinful things. Her name tells a story of a bad reputation, a story of her sin and her sinful life.
And she’s in the family tree of Jesus. And she didn’t just provide DNA for Jesus. She wasn’t just part of the family tree of Jesus; she was part of God’s plan to keep his promise.
Rahab’s story takes us way back to the days when Joshua was leading the people of Israel into the Promised Land. In fact, they hadn’t even celebrated their first victory yet. To get ready for the first battle, Joshua sent some spies to check out Jericho before they tried to conquer it. Do you see who they met? Do you see who helped them?
It was Rahab. Rahab, the prostitute. God took this woman who had lived a sinful life and used her to keep the spies safe. God took this woman who had a sinful past and used her to bring victory to his people. God took this sinful woman and used her in his mission to save people.
There is a trend here. We’re starting to see it. We’re starting to see that God sent his Son from sinners to save sinners. We’re starting to see that God involves sinners in his mission to save sinners.
And we’re going to keep seeing it.
God is still on a mission to save sinners. God still wants to involve sinners – sinners like you and me – in this mission to save sinners. God still wants to use you in his mission to save people.
How will you join your God in his mission to save the world?
Additional Reading: Romans 10
1. Why do our sins sometimes make us afraid to share our faith?
2. What reasons does God give us to not be afraid to share our faith?
3. Christmas Eve is in less than a week. Have you invited someone to worship with you? Remember, all you can do is invite. How God uses that invitation is up to him.
1. Read Romans 10:1-21. What did Paul desperately want for his Jewish family?
2. We want salvation for our families, friends, co-workers, classmates, and the people in our community. What has God given us so that we might join him in his mission of saving people?
Lord Jesus, we thank you for making us holy in God’s sight through your perfect life and innocent death. We thank you for giving us the message of reconciliation to share with a world of sinners who do not know about you. Make us your servants and mouthpieces. Amen.