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A Study of Rahab

Updated: Mar 8, 2022

Scriptures about Rahab Include:

Joshua 2:1-24, 6:17, 22-23, 25/Matthew 1:5/Hebrews 11:31/James 2:25

Joshua 2:1-24

1Then Joshua the son of Nun sent two men as spies secretly from Shittim, saying, “Go, view the land, especially Jericho.” So they went and came into the house of a harlot whose name was Rahab, and lodged there. 2 It was told the king of Jericho, saying, “Behold, men from the sons of Israel have come here tonight to search out the land.” 3And the king of Jericho sent word to Rahab, saying, “Bring out the men who have come to

you, who have entered your house, for they have come to search out all the land.” 4 But the woman had taken the two men and hidden them, and she said, “Yes, the men came to me, but I did not know where they were from. 5 It came about when it was time to shut the gate at dark, that the men went out; I do not know where the men went. Pursue them quickly, for you will overtake them.” 6 But she had brought them up to the roof and hidden them in the stalks of flax which she had laid in order on the roof. 7 So the men pursued them on the road to the Jordan to the fords; and as soon as those who were pursuing them had gone out, they shut the gate. 8Now before they lay down, she came up to them on the roof, 9 and said to the men, “I know that the LORD has given you the land, and that the terror of you has fallen on us, and that all the inhabitants of the land have melted away before you. 10 For we have heard how the LORD dried up the water of the Red Sea before you when you came out of Egypt, and what you did to the two kings of the Amorites who were beyond the Jordan, to Sihon and Og, whom you utterly destroyed. 11When we heard it, our hearts melted and no courage remained in any man any longer because of you; for the LORD your God, He is God in heaven above and on earth beneath. 12Now therefore, please swear to me by the LORD, since I have dealt kindly with you, that you also will deal kindly with my father’s household, and give me a pledge of truth, 13 and spare my father and my mother and my brothers and my sisters, with all who belong to them, and deliver our lives from death.” 14 So the men said to her, “Our life for yours if you do not tell this business of ours; and it shall come about whe

n the LORD gives us the land that we will deal kindly and faithfully with you.” 15 Then she let them down by a rope through the window, for her house was on the city wall, so that she was living on the wall. 16 She said to them, “Go to the hill country, so that the pursuers will not happen upon you, and hide yourselves there for three days until the pursuers return. Then afterward you may go on your way.” 17 The men said to her, “We shall be free from this oath to you which you have made us swear, 18unless, when we come into the land, you tie this cord of scarlet thread in the window through which you let us down, and gather to yourself into the house your father and your mother and your brothers and all your father’s household. 19 It shall come about that anyone who goes out of the doors of your house into the street, his blood shall be on his own head, and we shall be free; but anyone who is with you in the house, his blood shall be on our head if a hand is laid on him. 20 But if you tell this business of ours, then we shall be free from the oath which you have made us swear.” 21 She said, “According to your words, so be it.” So she sent them away, and they departed; and she tied the scarlet cord in the window. 22 They departed and came to the hill country, and remained there for three days until the pursuers returned. Now the pursuers had sought them all along the road, but had not found them. 23 Then the two men returned and came down from the hill country and crossed over and came to Joshua the son of Nun, and they related to him all that had happened to them. 24 They said to Joshua, “Surely the LORD has given all the land into our hands; moreover, all the inhabitants of the land have melted away before us.”

Joshua 6:17 17

The city shall be under the ban, it and all that is in it belongs to the LORD; only Rahab the harlot and all who are with her in the house shall live, because she hid the messengers whom we sent.

Joshua 6:22-24 22

Joshua said to the two men who had spied out the land, “Go into the harlot’s house and bring the woman and all she has out of there, as you have sworn to her.” 23 So the young men who were spies went in and brought out Rahab and her father and her mother and her brothers and all she had; they also brought out all her relatives and placed them outside the camp of Israel.

Joshua 6:25 25

However, Rahab the harlot and her father’s household and all she had, Joshua spared; and she has lived in the midst of Israel to this day, for she hid the messengers whom Joshua sent to spy out Jericho.

Matthew 1:5 5

Salmon was the father of Boaz by Rahab, Boaz was the father of Obed by Ruth, and Obed the father of Jesse. 6 Jesse was the father of David the king. David was the father of Solomon by Bathsheba who had been the wife of Uriah.

Hebrews 11:31 31

By faith Rahab the harlot did not perish along with those who were disobedient, after she had welcomed the spies in peace.

James 2:25 25

In the same way, was not Rahab the harlot also justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out by another way?

Who was Rahab?

1) A Canaanite woman (Gentile)

2) A prostitute

3) Head of her household (responsible for her parents, siblings, extended family)

4) She lived on the wall of Jericho

5) Woman of means and Influence (the king of Jericho knew her, a

nd the spies of Israel knew to go to her)

6) What did Rahab know about God (Yahweh)?

a. She knew He would give Israel the land

b. She had heard of the parting of the Red Sea

c. She had heard about the defeat of Amorite kings Og and Sihon

d. She knew fear and dread had fallen on all the inhabitants of Jericho and surrounding lands

e. She knew God (Yahweh) is the God (Elohim) of heaven and earth

7) What was her response to what she knew about God?

a. She wanted a relationship with God

b. She chose loyalty to God over her own and the safety of her family

c. She hid the spies

d. She made a deal to save her family

8) What happened as a result of her seeking God (Yahweh)?

a. She and her family were saved

b. She became an Israelite

c. She was changed – no longer a prostitute

d. She married Salmon, an Israelite and a righteous man

e. She is in the line of the Messiah (her son was Boaz who married Ruth, and they had Obed, the father of Jesse, the father of King David (her great, great grandson is King David), all the way to Jesus.

f. Her faith became a legacy that King David inherited, along with

Solomon and even Mary and Joseph, the mother and adopted father of Jesus.

9) Application:

a. What do you know about God?

b. What is your response to what you know of Him?

c. How is this story a picture of Passover? (Scarlet rope, Command to stay inside the house, Promise to preserve her and her family's lives, Being re

moved from the city, Promise of life in the Promised Land)

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