Rahab: Choose This Day

Verlyn Verbrugge

READ : Joshua 2

The king of Jericho sent orders to Rahab, “Bring out the men who have come to you.” (v.

3 NRSV)

Rahab was a prostitute in the city of Jericho. She was used to having men visit her
house. But nothing could have prepared her for the choice she faced one momentous day. Two
groups of men came knocking on her door one afternoon. The first group was two Israelite
young men, sent by Joshua to scout out Jericho on behalf of God’s people. The second group
was a delegation from the king of Jericho, looking for the Israelite spies.

Rahab faced a choice: to side with the Israelites and their God or to side with the
Canaanites and their multitude of gods. She had heard stories about the awesome power of
Israel’s God; as a result, she and her family chose him.

Rahab’s life-changing choice charts the course of the book of Joshua, where many people
faced a similar choice: Achan, the Gibeonites, other Canaanite tribes. Those who sided
with God, his law, and his people lived. Those who did not were destroyed.

This theme comes to a climax in Joshua 24:15: “Choose this day whom you will serve . .
. as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.” God’s Word places before you that
same choice today, and the consequences are no less crucial: Choose Jesus and live
forever. Reject Jesus and face eternal destruction (John 3:16).

PRAYER

Lord, I choose to live for you. Help me to be obedient to your law. Amen.