Rahab Analysis

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Rahab
The life story of Rahab is one that is unique. Her story is found in Joshua 2:9-13 and Joshua 6:17-25. She was a woman who was a prostitute. She lived in Jericho, which was the Promised Land and assisted the Israelites in Capturing the City. She is lauded as an example of living by faith while being justified by her works. In Joshua 2:1 When the Hebrews were encamped at Shittim in the Jordan Valley opposite Jericho, ready to cross the river ,we find out that Joshua sends secretly two spies from Shittim to go to Jericho.
The spies end up staying at rahab’s house that had been built into the city wall. As soon as the king discovered the spies’ presence, he sends soldiers to Rahab’s house and orders her to bring out the spies. Instead,
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Rahab was a model of hospitality, mercy, faith, patience and repentance in her interaction with the Joshua spies. Salmon was a prince of the house of Judah, and thus, Rahab, the one-time heathen harlot, married into one of the leading families of Israel and became an ancestress of our Lord, the other foreign ancestresses being Tamar, Ruth and Bathsheba.
Role of Rahab
Rahab as we see from the Old Testament she plays an important role in the fall of Jericho. One of the roles is that she helps by hiding the spies who were sent by Joshua to look over the land. We can see when the king knew that there were spies sent to spy over his land, he asked Rahab of the whereabouts of them because he had heard that they had gone to Rahab’s place. Rahab mislead the king’s men that they had been there and had left the land but in reality she had hidden them on the roof top under the stalks of flax (JOSHUA 2:4-7).
Rahab also played an important role when she declared that the God of Israel was far much greater than any gods. Here we can observe that Rahab feared the almighty God of the Israelites despite her being a prostitute which was regarded as a great sin in the eyes of everyone in that city (JOSHUA

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