Women in the Bible
The Unlikely Ally!
Joshua 2:1-21; 6:22-25
For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to Him. ~ 2 Chronicles 16:9
Jericho was in a stir. Fearful murmurings of the approaching Israelites terrified its citizens. News of God parting the Red Sea spread throughout the region and was still not forgotten forty years later. The obliteration of the kingdoms of Sihon and Og revealed the utter destruction God’s people were capable of. Hopelessness prevailed.
Except in one woman. Despite having grown up in a pagan culture that worshipped a myriad of gods and endorsed all sorts of evil, Rahab the prostitute saw something in Israel’s God that made her believe He was
the only One who could save her and her family. She decided she didn’t have to be a casualty of Israel’s invasion and sought hope rather than bowing to defeat. And God saw her.
Joshua, Israel’s leader, sent two spies to look over the land they were about to invade. The spies entered the city discreetly, choosing to go into Rahab’s home. Surely strange men going to and from a house of ill repute wouldn’t seem suspicious.
They didn’t realize, however, God had chosen for them to enter that house, the prostitute’s house built into Jericho’s massive wall, for a reason. God had heard Rahab’s plea for rescue and sent the spies to her.
When they entered her home, somehow Rahab knew these unfamiliar men were Israelites who needed protection and hid them under bundles of flax on her roof. The king of Jericho’s men came and demanded the foreigners, who’d been seen at her house, be brought out. Feigning ignorance, Rahab sent them on a false trail out of the city in order to buy time for the spies to escape.
After their pursuers were gone, she told the spies she knew the Lord had given her city to the Israelites and that the hearts of Jericho’s people were melting in fear. Then she boldly asked for protection, hers and all of her family, in return for her kindness.
They quickly agreed, as long as she guarded their secret and kept her family inside her home. So she let them down by a scarlet rope through a window. As they were leaving, they told her the oath wouldn’t be binding unless that cord was seen hanging through the same window when they entered the city. Instead of waiting for the attack, Rahab immediately bound the rope in the window.
That rope could have led to suspicion from her neighbours. If they knew she’d committed treason by harboring the spies, she and her family would have come to ruin. But her faith overcame her fears, and she trusted God to protect them while she waited.
When Israel did arrive at Jericho and proceeded to march around the city for seven days, Rahab surely must have kept a careful eye on that scarlet cord while reminding her family they must stay inside. Their lives depended on it.
After Israel’s army marched its final trek around Jericho’s city, the massive walls trembled and came crumbling down—except for the portion where Rahab’s home stood.
When the army charged into the city, Joshua instructed the spies to go into Rahab’s house and bring her and her family out. They found all of them alive, unharmed.
Rahab’s faithfulness led her to become a part of the family of Israel. She lived among them the rest of her days, eventually becoming the great-grandmother of King David, making her an ancestor of Christ. Wow. She’s even included in Hebrews’ Faith Hall of Fame, one of only two women named for her heroic faith.
God saw Rahab’s faith acted out through her obedience and saved her.
Do you wonder if God sees your faithfulness? Are you ready to give in to your fears because you don’t see evidence of His help?
The Bible assures us He sees. He strengthens the hearts of those who are loyal to Him. Keep trusting Him, no matter how fearful the circumstance. Allow faith to conquer your fears through the power of the Holy Spirit, and you’ll experience victory.
Bad Girls of the Bible: Rahab – Liz Curtis Higgs
Her neighbours called her a woman of the night.
The Lord God called her a heroine of the faith.
And a man named Salmon gladly called her his wife.
Meet our amazing sister Rahab, a former prostitute who was decidedly Bad for a Season, but Not Forever.
Her dramatic story began like a James Bond movie, with Joshua sending “two men to spy secretly” (Joshua 2:1) on an exotic foreign location 825 feet below sea level—Jericho, the lowest city in the world.
Where did the men lodge once they arrived? “The house of a prostitute named Rahab” (Joshua 2:1). Make no mistake. She was “a woman who sold the use of her body” (NLV). We can’t clean this up, we can’t wish this away, we can’t pretend she was really just an innkeeper.
She was “a woman whore, Rahab by name” (WYC). And she was chosen by God to be rescued from certain death and included in his Son’s family tree.
No wonder we’ve loved her story for more than three thousand years.
The Walls of Jericho
News traveled quickly in Jericho. That very night the king sent his own men to Rahab’s house, built into the walls of the city near its gate. The king’s men demanded she bring out the spies. But she was too clever for them, having hidden Joshua’s secret agents beneath the stalks of flax drying on her roof.
“Yes, the men came to me” (Joshua 2:4), she admitted, then spun a tale about not knowing where they’d come from or where they’d gone at dusk, when it was time to close the city gate.
So, Rahab fibbed? Yes, she did. But not like Sapphira, who lied to God. Instead, Rahab lied to the bad guys to protect the good men God sent her way.
Once the king’s men took off, Rahab joined her guests on the roof, where they were hiding beneath long, wet stalks of flax, a plant used to make linen.
To break down and separate the fibers, the flax was soaked in stagnant water, then laid out to dry. Imagine the smell, the sogginess, the muck. Ewww. No one would go looking for those spies under such a nasty wet blanket.
Rahab rescued them in more ways than one, then confessed, “I know that the Lord has given this land to you” (Joshua 2:9).
Stop right there. How could a Canaanite prostitute know about the one true God? The only explanation is revelation. As Jesus would later say to Peter, “This was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven” (Matthew 16:17). God had shown Rahab who he was, and she had embraced that truth.
After summarizing what Jericho had heard about God’s people, Rahab made the most shocking statement of all.
Night Sky over Jericho
“For the Lord your God is God in heaven above and on the earth below” (Joshua 2:11). There it is: “Your God is God.” Unmistakably a statement of fact and a confession of faith. Rahab told these spies what they already knew: “your God is the supreme God” (NLT). Not just an earthly God, but the One who “rules the heavens above and the earth below!” (ERV).
Her faith and her confession led to her salvation. So it is with us: “For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved” (Romans 10:10).
Saying it once is sufficient, yet I joyfully repeat my confession of faith whenever I’m with others who are speaking that truth for the first time. Yes, Lord Jesus. Again, Lord Jesus. Always, Lord Jesus. Yours, and yours alone.
Not only was Rahab a hero to God; she was also a hero to her family. She told the men, “Spare the lives of my father and mother, my brothers and sisters, and all who belong to them” (Joshua 2:13). This is faith lived out: thinking of others, putting their needs ahead of our own.
The two spies were impressed. She’d already risked everything to protect them, so they rightly said, “Our lives for your lives!” (Joshua 2:14), “provided you don’t betray our mission” (CJB). Rahab sent them on their way, then at their request, tied a scarlet cord in her window.
Why scarlet, we wonder? Does it represent the blood of the Passover lamb? the sacrifice of Christ? Some commentators go there, others not. From a practical standpoint, scarlet was a common dye, and the bright color would be visible against the clay outer walls of her house.
Rahab didn’t know precisely what sort of destruction would befall her city, nor had the spies yet been told. But God knew. That night in Jericho, her salvation was assured.
This is how God works, beloved—revealing his truth to those whose hearts are open, doing his mighty deeds through his people, showing his hand when necessary. If we have ears to hear, his voice is easily heard. If we have eyes to see, we see him everywhere.
You know what comes next. Seven priests, seven trumpets, seven days, seven times around the city, marching without speaking. A silent army, waiting on the Lord, the number seven a reminder that their victory was already a completed work, from God’s viewpoint.
At last Joshua commanded, “Shout! For the Lord has given you the city!” (Joshua 6:16). Even in the heat of that moment, Joshua made certain God’s will was accomplished and our Bad Girl was saved: “Only Rahab the prostitute and all who are with her in her house shall be spared” (Joshua 6:17).
When the trumpets sounded and the walls came tumbling down, Rahab was still standing, and all her family with her. What a woman!
Let’s linger on the last verse, which gives us all hope. Like this beautiful spring oasis in the Judean Desert at Wadi Qelt near Jericho, it’s never too late to be made new.
Oasis near Jericho
“But Joshua spared Rahab the prostitute, with her 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.” Joshua 6:25
Putting it bluntly, “Joshua made Rahab the whore to live” (WYC). Yet he did so by God’s design. It wasn’t coincidence that the two spies ended up at Rahab’s house of ill repute. God had plans for Rahab from before the beginning of time.
Because of his generous mercy and boundless grace, the Lord also spared “her father’s household” (ASV) and “all who belonged to her” (NRSV). The people that she loved, God loved.
This truth gives me pause: would I beg God to save my whole family, and risk my own life doing so? Yes, I pray for my loved ones, and gently (I hope) speak truth into their lives. But would I risk everything to save them, as she did? The spies might have said, “No way are we rescuing your whole family, Rahab. Just you.”
Because of her courage and strength, “her descendants have lived in Israel to this day” (GNT). Think of it! Thousands upon thousands of people, tracing their lineage back three millennia to this brave woman, who was “faithful to the spies [Joshua] had sent” (VOICE).
There is One Name above all the others in her bloodline which is most dear to our hearts. When Matthew rolls out the lineage of Jesus in the first chapter of his gospel, we come to “Salmon the father of Boaz, whose mother was Rahab” (Matthew 1:5). Only five women are named among a long list of men.
First came Tamar, who dressed as a prostitute to seduce her father-in-law Judah, and proved “more righteous” than he (Genesis 38:26). Now, here’s Rahab, next in line among the women named in the Christ’s family tree. Her faith is celebrated in Hebrews 11:31, and her righteousness in James 2:25.
Take this and run with it, beloved: It isn’t who you were that matters God. It is who you are in him. And who you are becoming by the power of his Spirit.
Like Rahab, toss out that scarlet thread and say with conviction, “Here I am, Lord. Save me!”
Here’s Our Discussion Question
Transformed by God from harlot to brave heroine, Rahab is an inspiration for us all, demonstrating how we can leave behind our shameful pasts and walk forward in grace. Are there any Rahabs in your life—that is, women with a past who need to know they are loved by God no matter what their history? If you believe they’re forgiven completely, how might you communicate that truth to them with your words? And with your actions?
I’ll offer my answer first, for what it’s worth, then it’s your turn.
As it happens, I meet Rahabs on a weekly basis. Women who find me at a conference, or reach out to me via email, or message me on Facebook. With tears in their eyes and pain in their words, they tell me their stories of promiscuity and infidelity, of dancing in strip clubs and selling their bodies, of performing in X-rated movies and posing for pornography.
With tears in my own eyes and as much love as I can possibly pour into my words, I assure them of God’s abundant love, mercy, and grace. “If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in them and they in God. And so we know and rely on the love God has for us” (John 1:4:15-16).
God loves the Rahabs of our world. So must we. With our eyes, our smiles, our hands, our hugs, our hearts, our homes, our lives.
Your sister, Liz
RAHAB – The Woman God Took From the Dunghill
Scripture References—Joshua 2:1, 3; 6:17-25; Matthew 1:5; Hebrews 11:31; James 2:25
Name Meaning—The first part of Rahab—“Ra,” was the name of an Egyptian god. As an Amorite, Rahab belonged to an idolatrous people, and had a name meaning “insolence,” “fierceness,” or “broad,” “spaciousness.”
Family Connections—While Rahab’s parents, brothers and sisters were alive at the time of her association with the spies Joshua sent out, we are not given any of their names (Joshua 2:13). Some of the ancient Jewish fathers who held her in high reputation reckoned that she was the wife of Joshua himself, but in the royal genealogy of Jesus, Rahab is referred to as being the wife of Salmon, one of the two spies she sheltered. In turn, she became the mother of Boaz, who married Ruth from whose son, Obed, Jesse the father of David came, through whose line Jesus was born (Matthew 1:5, where the asv reads, “Salmon begat Boaz of Rahab”—not Rachab). 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. The gratitude Salmon felt for Rahab ripened into love, and when grace erased her former life of shame he made her his wife. Jerome’s comment of the inclusion of the four foreign women in Matthew’s genealogy is suggestive—
In it none of the holy women are included, only those whom the Scriptures blame, in order that He who came in behalf of sinners, Himself being born of sinners, might destroy the sins of all.
Both Jewish and Christian writers have tried to prove that Rahab was a different woman from the one whom the Bible always speaks of as a “harlot.” To them it was abhorrent that such a disreputable person should be included in our Lord’s genealogy and by Paul, as a woman of faith, and so her story has been distorted in order to further a scheme of salvation based upon human goodness. Although man’s sense of refinement may be shocked, the fact remains that Rahab, Tamar and Bathsheba were sinful women who were purged by God, and had their share in the royal line from which Jesus sprang.
It has been suggested that the word “harlot” can be translated “innkeeper,” thus making Rahab the landlady of a wayside tavern. Guesses have been made that she had been a concubine, such as Hagar and Zilpah had been, but that in Jericho she was a reputable woman identified with a respectable business. The Bible, however, makes no attempt to smooth over the unpleasant fact that Rahab had been a harlot. Endeavoring to understand her character, we have—
Three times over Rahab is referred to as “the harlot,” and the Hebrew term zoonah and the Greek word porne have at no time meant anything else but “harlot”—a woman who yields herself indiscriminately to every man approaching her. Rahab indulged in venal wantonness as traveling merchants came her way and were housed in her ill-famed abode. Evidently Rahab had her own house and lived apart from her parents and family. Although she never lost her concern for her dear ones, perhaps she was treated as a moral leper. We are told that prostitution was not regarded with the same horror then, as now, but the Bible with one voice speaks of harlotry with moral revulsion and social ostracism.
Rahab’s house was built against the town wall with the roof almost level with the ramparts, and with a stairway leading up to a flat roof that appears to be a continuation of the wall. Thus, the people of Jericho knew all about the men who entered and left such a disreputable house. While her name came to be sanctified and ennobled, both Paul and James affix the label to her name, Rahab the harlot. She still carried the evil, distinguishing name, thus declaring the peculiar grace of the transforming power of God. How Rahab came to forsake her evil career we are not told! Like many a young girl today perhaps she found the restrictions of her respectable home too irk-some. She wanted a freer life, a life of thrill and excitement, away from the drab monotony of the home giving her birth and protection. So, high-spirited and independent she left her parents, set up her own apartment with dire consequences. Frequently women like Rahab are more often sinned against than sinners. Man’s lust for the unlawful is responsible for harlotry.
It was from some of the travelers Rahab entertained and sinned with, that she came to learn the facts of the Exodus of Israel, the miracle of the Red Sea, and the overthrow of Sihon and Og. So, when the two spies from Joshua sought cover in her house, she knew that sooner or later the king of Jericho would get to know of the accommodation she gave them. Here were two men, different from other men who came seeking her favors. These were men of God, not idolaters, bent on one mission, namely, the overthrow of the enemies of His people, and brilliantly she planned their protection and escape. The flax that she spread on her roof and the scarlet cord she used as a sign indicated that Rahab manufactured linen and also dyed it. If only, like Lydia, she had kept to such an honorable occupation, what a different story would have been hers.
Rahab’s skillful scheme succeeded. The two Jewish spies were in desperate straits, seeing the Amorite pursuers were hot on their trail, but Rahab, although her safety and patriotism as an Amorite would be assured if she informed against the spies, decided to hide and preserve them. Seeing their hunted and dreaded look, Rahab assuredly said, “Fear not, I will not betray you nor your leader. Follow me,” and taking them up to the flat roof of her house, bade the men cover themselves completely with a pile of flax lying there to dry. Shortly after, when the pursuers had tracked the two spies to Rahab’s house, she met them with a plausible excuse that they were there but had left by way of the Eastern Gate. If they doubted her word, they could come in and search her house. But off the pursuers went to catch up with their prey, not knowing that the spies were being befriended by Rahab. As soon as the way was clear, under cover of night, she let the spies down from the window in the wall and, knowing the country, guided the spies in the best way to escape capture.
There are one or two features associated with this clever plan of Rahab which are worthy of notice. First of all, idolater though she had been, with a phase of immorality associated with her idolatrous life, she witnessed to a remarkable understanding of the sovereignty of the true God for she said to the spies—
I know that the Lord hath given you the land, and that your terror is fallen upon us.... The Lord, your God he is God in heaven above, and in earth beneath (Joshua 2:9-11).
Harlot though Rahab had been, intuition from above had been given her that the spies were men of God, the forerunners of His people who were to execute His will, and that to take sides with them was to take sides with God Himself.
Further, there was in Rahab’s mind, no matter how faintly understood, a distinct call from God, that she was being singled out from her own idolatrous people to aid the God she had a growing conception of. Her faith of this God who worked great wonders was altogether marvelous and singular. It was such a call that made her willing to sacrifice her own nation—an act which would have been otherwise treasonable. Does not her confession of God’s power and purpose, and her service for the spies indicate that she knew the race of which she was part was accursed of God for its crimes and idolatry, and that she wished to be separated from such a doomed people, and identified with the people of God? The declaration of faith given by this Canaanite woman places her in a unique position among the women of the Bible.
When Rahab hid the spies, put those who sought them on a false trail and helped the spies to escape and melt away into the shadows of night, and lay concealed until they could reach Joshua with their report, she took her life in her own hands. We cannot but admire her courage and willingness to risk her own neck. Had those spies been discovered hiding in her house, she would have died at the hands of the king of Jericho. Yet with a calm demeanor, and without the slightest trace of inner agitation, she met the searchers and succeeded in setting them out on a false trail. By her act Rahab was actually betraying her own country, and for such treason certain death would have been hers had she been found out. To hide spies was a crime punishable with death. Seeing the faces of the spies filled with fear, Rahab assured their hearts that she was on their side, and in spite of the sacrifice involved said, “I will not betray you. Follow me!” By military law the spies were likewise liable to instant death because of the threat of war, and Rahab, willing to do all in her power to protect her nation’s enemies, faced a like terrible end. How gloriously daring was her faith, and how richly rewarded she was for her willingness to sacrifice her life in a cause she knew to be of God!
As Rahab offered to shelter the spies and aid them in their escape, she received from them the promise that when they returned to her country, along with Joshua and his army, that she and her family would be spared alive. While her sin had possibly estranged her from her loved ones, she was concerned about their safety as well as her own. Rahab wanted the kindness she was showing the spies to be reciprocated, and they assured her that she would be dealt with “kindly and truly.” The spies said, “Our life for yours if ye utter not this our business.” Then the sign of the scarlet rope—their means of escape—was arranged. “According unto thy words, so be it,” said Rahab as she let the spies down, and making fast the scarlet rope, she awaited her own deliverance. That red token at the window was likewise a signal to the outside world that Rahab believed in the ultimate triumph of Jehovah.
Much has been said of Rahab’s deceit when confronted by the king of Jericho. She told a lie and Scripture forbids a lie or any “evil doing, that good may come of it” (Romans 3:7, 8). But under the rules of war, Rahab is not to be blamed for her protection of those righteous forces set against the forces of evil. What the Bible commends is not her deception, but the faith which was the mainspring of her conduct. The characteristic feature of the scarlet rope was that it had to be placed outside the window for Joshua and his men to see. Those inside did not see the token of security. As that scarlet line, because of its color and sign of safety, speaks of the sacrificial work of Christ (Hebrews 9:19, 22), the ground of our assurance of salvation is not experience or feelings within, but the token without. Like the Israelites, Rahab and her relatives might not have felt safe within the house, but the same promise prevailed, “When I see the blood, I will pass over you” (Exodus 12:13).
Jericho was the worst of the cities of the Amorites, thus God commanded Joshua to destroy both the city and the inhabitants. By divine decree, it was to be given over to a perpetual desolation. When Joshua entered the city he set about the execution of the divine command, but respected the promise made to Rahab by the spies. Under the protection of the scarlet line, Rahab and all her kindred were brought out of the house. The spies came to her house, not to indulge in sin with Rahab, but to prepare the way for Joshua to take Jericho. She saved the spies not out of human pity, or because of expediency, but because she knew that they were servants of the Lord. In turn, she was saved. The spies she had hid brought her, and her father, her mother, her brothers, and all that she had out of her doomed house, and made them secure without the camp of Israel (Joshua 6:17-25). Brought out of an accursed city, and from her own sins which were as scarlet, Rahab is a fitting illustration of another miracle of divine grace, namely, the calling forth of His church out of a godless, Gentile world.
The threefold reference to Rahab in the New Testament reveals how she became a faithful follower of the Lord. She had been taken from the dunghill and placed among the saints in the genealogy of the Savior (Matthew 1:5 where Rachab [KJV] and Rahab [ASV], are to be identified as the same person). Her remarkable faith was a sanctifying faith leading her to a pure life and honorable career. As the result of her marriage to Salmon, one of the two spies whom she had saved, who “paid back the life he owed her by a love that was honorable and true,” Rahab became an ancestress in the royal line from which Jesus came as the Savior of lost souls. “Poor Rahab, the muddy, the defiled, became the fountainhead of the River of the Water of Life which floweth out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.” Her name became sanctified and ennobled, and is worthy of inclusion among many saints.
Paul highly commends Rahab for her energetic faith and gives her a place on the illustrious roll of the Old Testament of those who triumphed by faith. “By faith the harlot Rahab perished not with them that believed not, when she received the spies with peace” (Hebrews 11:31). What a suggestive touch that is, “with peace.” There was not only faith in her heart that God would be victorious, but also an assured peace when she hid the spies that her deliverance from destruction would be taken care of. She knew the rest of faith. In fact, Rahab is the only woman besides Sarah who is designated as an example of faith in the great cloud of witnesses. What a manifestation of divine grace it is to find the one-time harlot ranked along with saints like Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Joseph, Moses and David!
The Apostle James adds to Paul’s record about Rahab being justified by faith by saying that she was likewise justified by works (James 2:25), and there is no contradiction between these two aspects for Rahab’s courageous deed was but faith in practice. Faith had wrought in her a change of heart and life, and it likewise enabled her to shield the spies as she did in the confidence God would triumph over His enemies. She exemplified her faith by her brave act, and so James quotes Rahab as exemplifying justification by works evidentially. As Fausset puts it—
Paul’s justification by faith alone means a faith, not dead but working by love (Galatians 5:6). Again, Rahab’s act cannot prove justification by works as such, for she was a woman of bad character. But as an example of grace, justifying through an operative as opposed to mere verbal faith, none could be more suitable than the saved “harlot.” She believed, so as to act on her belief, what her countrymen disbelieved; and this in the face of every improbabilitythat an unwarlike force would conquer a well armed one, far more numerous. She believed with the heart (Romans 10:9, 10), confessed with the mouth, and acted on her profession at the risk of her life.
In conclusion, what are the lessons to be gathered from the harlot whom God used to fulfill His purpose? First of all, we are reminded by Rahab’s change of heart and life, that “His blood can make the vilest clean,” and that “His blood avails for me.” Was it not a wonderful condescension on the part of the Redeemer when He became manifest in the flesh to take hold of a root so humble in type as poor, despised Rahab to magnify His abounding grace for all sinners? Rahab was well worth saving from her evil life both for her own sake and for the place she had in God’s plan. Other women in Jericho saw no beauty in Rahab that they should desire her company, but through faith she became one of God’s heroines, and is included among the harlots entering the kingdom of God before the self-righteous. Rahab’s sins had been scarlet, but the scarlet line freeing the spies, and remaining as a token of her safety, typified the red blood of Jesus whereby the worst of sinners can be saved from sin and hell (Matthew 21:31, 32). While the door of mercy stands ajar, the vilest sinner can return and know what it is to be saved and safe.
A further lesson to be gleaned from Rahab the harlot is that of deep concern for the salvation of others. With the shadow of death and destruction over Jericho, Rahab extracted a promise from Joshua’s spies not only to spare her, but also all those bound to her by human ties. While her life of sin and shame had estranged her from her family, self was not her sole consideration in her request for safety. She desired all her loved ones to share in the preservation. What a vein of gold that was in such a despised character! When the mighty change took place in Rahab’s life, and she was transformed from a whore into a worshiper of Jehovah, we are not told. As she received and hid the spies, her tribute to God’s omnipotence and sure triumph over His foes reveals a spiritual insight God grants to all who believe. And restored to honor and holiness, the redeemed harlot pleads for her parents, and brothers, and sisters. Do we make Rahab’s prayer for the salvation of her family, the cry for our own homes? Is ours the same passionate supplication for all of our dear ones that when death strikes they may be found sheltered by the atoning blood of the Redeemer? When at evening the sun goeth down, will our loved ones be as stars in our crown?
Rahab is likewise a poetic and symbolic name for Egypt (Psalms 87:4; 89:10; Isaiah 51:9).
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Compilation and comments © by Dr. David G. Sloss, PhD 2018