Day 9 of Unopened // By Faith

Scholars argue that there were probably plenty of respectable women living in Jericho who would have wanted to be rescued by Joshua and his army.  But God picked the one who had already picked him. God picked the one who was ready and willing to get far far away from her past and many other gods. God saw her, God heard her pleas to be rescued. And He did. He did rescue, He did respond, He did come to her in the light of day and make a respectable woman out of her.

Literally, Rahab was offered a new bloodline. A perfect fulfillment. She was a part of the most ultimate story. Her. A women who had been called prostitute.

Talk about a reversal of destiny.

Because of her willingness to take a great risk, Rahab saved her entire family from more than social ruin: she saved them from total decimation. Because she took great risks on behalf of the Yahweh God, she became a Christian, became a wife to Salmon, became a mother to Boaz (Matthew 1:5), and became a part of the most holy bloodline, the bloodline of the promised Messiah. Rahab walked out of a harlot's house for the last time, and became new. She was no longer a slave to her past. She was a new creation, clean before God, and her new people.  

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Okay y’all—we’re going to try something totally different today. I am praying it’ll be meaningful and thought-provoking instead of weird and awkward.

So, there’s a song. And I want you to listen to it.

I am asking you to click a link, close your eyes (seriously, don’t watch the music video, it’ll totally throw you off), get quiet with God, and listen to a secular cover song.

Lyrics are included below, and here’s the youtube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3FnOiiiY86v390

HOLDING OUT FOR A HERO

Where have all the good men gone

And where are all the gods?

Where's the streetwise Hercules to fight the rising odds?

Isn't there a white knight upon a fiery steed?

Late at night I toss and I turn

And I dream of what I need

I need a hero

I'm holding out for a hero 'til the end of the night

He's gotta be strong

And he's gotta be fast

And he's gotta be fresh from the fight

I need a hero

I'm holding out for a hero 'til the morning light

He's gotta be sure

And it's gotta be soon

And he's gotta be larger than life!

Larger than life

Somewhere after midnight

In my wildest fantasy

Somewhere just beyond my reach

There's someone reaching back for me

Racing on the thunder and rising with the heat

It's gonna take a superman to sweep me off my feet

Up where the mountains meet the heavens above

Out where the lightning splits the sea

I could swear there is someone, somewhere

Watching me

Through the wind, and the chill, and the rain

And the storm, and the flood

I can feel his approach like a fire in my blood

Written by Dean Pitchford, Jim Steinman • Copyright © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

 

I have to tell you all that for me, this song showed up during a time of intense heartbreak. Satan used the human actions and failures of a father-figure in my life to creep into every nook and crannie of doubt and insecurity I had. My faith, marriage, and friendships all suffered. It was hard not to be judgmental, or to want to walk away from everything. This song tugged at so many of the ripped and torn edges of my heart and memories, it became a trigger for me, bringing me right back to that dark place every time .

But God. He has brought this song again to me, in a way only He could. For almost 18 months, I couldn’t hear this song without crying, and I absolutely cannot stop thinking about Rahab when I hear it now.

She needed rescuing. She needed out of a dangerous life. No matter how she got to be a prostitute, all the “little g” gods of her hometown could do nothing to rescue her.

Are you broken today? Are you experiencing pain that leaves you on the floor wondering how you’ll ever survive? Sometimes pain and unopened packages are because of someone else’s sin, and sometimes it’s our own sin and poor choices, leaving others battered and bruised.

No father figure, no boyfriend, no husband, no brother, no best friend or mom—no one can rescue us like God can. Our God is mighty. He hears. He watches you twirl in the kitchen. He sees your tears. He sits on the ground with you when you cannot get back up.

He is real. He is here. He is waiting for us, too. He is sure. He is strong. He is larger than all life, because He created life. Joshua, Daniel, Ruth, Mary—they are all Biblical figures that can offer us insight and examples, but it’s God. God is the Hero. The One and Only brought up close and personal through His Son, Jesus.

2 Corinthians 5:21 “God made Him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.” Talk about a hero.

No matter how dark your life is—if you call out to the Messiah, He will come for you. He will send His people deep in the night and give you a chance to take His offer of protection and redemption.

Rahab was not just saved, but remembered for her faith in the midst of unbelievers. She is remembered for her cool head on the face of danger. She is remembered for stepping out in faith and trusting God and His people. She is recognized in the ‘Hebrews Hall of Fame’ 11:31: “ By faith the prostitute Rahab, because she welcomed the spies, was not killed with those who were disobedient.”

Every time we’ve been broken and then allowed God to repair us, that mending becomes part of our equipping. All the pain we’ve endured. All the abuse and misuse. Every betrayal. Every wound. Where God mends, He equips. We embrace a hurting woman with far greater empathy because we’ve been one. We’re equipped to minister to her precisely because God has sewn up our similar wounds.” Beth Moore

James 2:25 - “You see that a person is considered righteous by what they do and not by faith alone. In the same way, was not even Rahab the prostitute considered righteous for what she did when she gave lodging to the spies and sent them off in a different direction? As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.”

Like Beth Moore writes, we become equipped and capable, instead of incapable. All because of Jesus.

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On day 7, I mentioned the visual of us riding along in a boat. Some of us are very much feeling the weight of our packages, and it’s really hard to see around them. But an idea I want to leave you with today is this:

A woman overwhelmed and burdened with unopened packages probably doesn’t have room for anyone else on her boat, let alone energy to ride out the waves of life.

A women ready to set sail towards a new future, with a new captain; releases the packages, and invites others in. 

  • Of Rahab’s story—what is hitting you the hardest?
  • What does it mean to you that God chose a former prostitute to be in His bloodline?
  • What does it mean for us, as sinners, that God has a place in His word and bloodline for other sinners like us?
  • Are you trusting in what Jesus did for you on the cross or in what you think you can do to save yourself?
  • Are there any ‘Rahabs’ in your life? If yes, how can you love them well?
  • Where are you today? Where do you want to be today? Tomorrow? Six months from now?

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// Rachel