The 21st century Rahab, Nigerian: A lady at least 5”8 inches tall, light baby-skinned, natural long dark beautiful hair, tiny waisted, slim but shapy, lovely pair of eyes and sultry lips. Certainly the 8th wonder of the world, she turns heads with ease; and her clients only range from the Maitama to the
Banana Island bosses. No Nyanya or Mushin CEOs allowed please!!! .. and that was only a joke.
The Rahab of the Bible. Her name brings to remembrance, the word prostitute. Somewhere down the lineage of the Christ, her name would later be written as great great great great… grand mum. Not many remember that.
This piece is not to establish many acts of Rahab-ship. As a matter of fact, the Bible talks about only one Rahab- she probably is the limited edition type.
The piece aims one only: to encourage someone, anyone, who has been there, seen it all, done it all, and thinks: “I’ve gone down this path too far to make a right turn back”. Abimbola may not know the details, but if you are that one person, one thing I surely know is that you are definitely wrong! …Because it does not matter what you did in 300 Level or what happened to you yesterday evening. Your past is NO indication of where you are headed! Rahab is proof.
Inasmuch as we can like to refer to Rahab, we must also take a look at how? How did someone with such a messy past get to be in the lineage of the one with zero mess? Could it be that it’s simply because God chose her? Yes. Rightly. He does have mercy on whom He pleases, as He pleases. He could write His name upon the heart of anyone he chooses- even a Canaanite prostitute!
But I learnt Rahab also did something! She had a yearning- a faith, and she proclaimed her faith by action. She took action which placed her on the course of a better future. Although she had no clue- she only thought she was saving her dear life and that of her family. But God had bigger plans. He always does. All he just wants to see is that will, desire, the yearning on our part, to be on His side.
Not an unpopular story amongst church folk, the Bible book of Joshua chapter 2 tells us of the story of Rahab- a prostitute in the land of Jericho who hid the two Isreali spies sent to survey the land, thereby saving them from death. You may read the chapter for yourself if you are unfamiliar with this story.
Rahab was a prostitute, but she was on the Lord’s side. She saw the spies, made efforts to hide them in such a professional manner- had she given them up, she probably would have been paid a lot of money and declared a hero.! In today’s world, she probably would have appeared on CNN, Al-Jazeera; and would have hit 1 billion followers on twitter and instagram. Endorsement deals would have rolled in sharply! I mean, that was what she lived for- she was a high class prostitute. All she lived for was money money and more money! Not affection not love, nothing. Just to be rich, the seemingly easiest way.
In the book- Lineage of Grace, author Francine Rivers depicted Rahab as someone who had probably heard the stories of the God of the Israelites, the God who saved them from mighty Egypt… so while everyone was busy fortifying the city and trusting in the strength of the Jericho walls, she probably was thinking- “this God is mighty and can obviously break all these walls. How I wish I just knew where this God was; I’d run to Him for dear life for I know I’d be safe in His arms.”
Even in her most lowly state, and in a pagan city of Jericho, Rahab had a genuine, yearning heart. That’s the number one thing God looks out for- a genuine heart.
This is no encouragement for you to keep engaging in deliberate bad stuff and be claiming to have a “genuine heart”. Man is deceived but God is not moved.
I believe it was this Rahab’s genuine yearning that enabled her to first see the opportunity, and then prompted her to take action. As soon as she saw the spies, she recognised them physically. Beyond the recognition, she also saw them as her only way to being saved! She quickly ran to them and hid them- risking her own life. She knew that if the king’s men found out she hid spies, she’d be dead. But she considered it a risk worth taking. She considered salvation as a risk that was worth her own dear life. She took it, and in the end, she didn’t only get saved, she was referred to as the woman with a past to whom God gave a future.
God provided her with an Israelite husband- Salmon of the tribe of Judah, Jesus’ lineage; which was how she happened to become Jesus’ great great great… grand mum! She had her name written in the sands of time, and eternity.
I’m sure there were 1001 beautiful virgins in Israel at that time, but we do not even know what their names were. What we do know, is that not one of them was named Rahab.
Maybe it’s not your biological name that is Rahab, but it’s the name of your lifestyle. I hope you understand by now that that’s not all there is for you.
Seek for God’s readily available help today and accept his saving grace. That is the only way.
Jesus, is the only way.