Now let‘s talk about reputation rehab by learning about the story of the most famous prostitute that you will ever hear about.
We think that God is perfect (which He is) and we think we are not perfect (and we are not) as a reason to think that we cannot relate to God until we reach a level of perfection through our actions.
That‘s the meaning of religion: “We are trying to reach God”.
The thing is that doesn‘t matter what we do to reach God, it‘s impossible. But there‘s something that God did for us to make it more simple.
We‘re not capable of understanding this but we can enjoy it so that‘s what we‘re going to do using Rahab story when she went through the reputation rehab.
The most famous prostitute in history
1 Then Joshua son of Nun secretly sent two spies from Shittim. “Go, look over the land,” he said, “especially Jericho.” So they went and entered the house of a prostitute named Rahab and stayed there. 2 The king of Jericho was told, “Look, some of the Israelites have come here tonight to spy out the land.” 3 So the king of Jericho sent this message to Rahab: “Bring out the men who came to you and entered your house, because they have come to spy out the whole land.” 4 But the woman had taken the two men and hidden them. She said, “Yes, the men came to me, but I did not know where they had come from. 5 At dusk, when it was time to close the city gate, they left. I don’t know which way they went. Go after them quickly. You may catch up with them.” 6 (But she had taken them up to the roof and hidden them under the stalks of flax she had laid out on the roof.) 7 So the men set out in pursuit of the spies on the road that leads to the fords of the Jordan, and as soon as the pursuers had gone out, the gate was shut. 8 Before the spies lay down for the night, she went up on the roof 9 and said to them, “I know that the Lord has given you this land and that a great fear of you has fallen on us, so that all who live in this country are melting in fear because of you. 10 We have heard how the Lord dried up the water of the Red Sea for you when you came out of Egypt, and what you did to Sihon and Og, the two kings of the Amorites east of the Jordan, whom you completely destroyed. 11 When we heard of it, our hearts melted in fear and everyone’s courage failed because of you, for the Lord your God is God in heaven above and on the earth below.Joshua 2.1-11 NIV
Did you notice in verse 4 and 5 that Rahab saved the spies by lying?
In other words, God uses this lying prostitute to fulfill his purpose and demonstrate his glory in the earth. Save that idea to avoid being a dog. (Paul calls dog and evildoers to the religious people)
In verse 9, 10 and 11, Rahab herself reminded the spies who are their God. Likewise, we need to be reminded of God’s reputation.
Don‘t forget that God‘s reputation is the basis of our faith which means that it‘s not about our own reputation.
Some people say “protect your reputation, you only get one”. The problem with that statement is that we live in a world that doesn’t know the difference between rumors and reputation so it’s pointless to even try to protect your reputation.
Actually, we can even say that reputation is ego.
Hence, God is telling us “why don’t you worry about protecting your integrity and let me protect your reputation”.
Usually, we think that we only have one reputation but the truth is that we have as many reputations as relationships because each person we meet will create a unique description of what they perceive who we are.
Have you ever thought about how big is the gap between your reality and your reputation?
I have and that makes me feel like a hypocrite even if I try to meet my own expectations.
The truth is that we are hypocrites due to that simple gap but that‘s not necessarily something bad because it just means that we are a work in progress.
Through that process, we usually try to get too many opinions but those opinions crowds out the voice of God and we don‘t even notice until we meet the next obstacle in our life.
When the opinions of others don‘t work is when we search again for the voice of God. We need to be careful about those opinions because we can‘t let them set us apart from God‘s voice.
Technically, Rahab was the enemy and yet God uses her to remind his people who they were, that is, they were the sons of the almighty God.
By that declaration of who God is, Rahab started her reputation rehab.
Through the scripture, you will always find that trouble goes alongside with God‘s presence which is way better than to be by yourself. God is the ever-present help in the time of trouble, so if you‘re in trouble, you‘re in God.
If you don‘t have trouble in life is because the devil is looking at you and saying “I don‘t have to mess with your life because you‘re doing a good job by yourself”.
Rahab is Jesus grandma
5 Salmon the father of Boaz, whose mother was Rahab, Boaz the father of Obed, whose mother was Ruth, Obed the father of Jesse,Matthew 1.5 NIV
Rahab was not literally Jesus grandma because she was more up in the heritage tree so she was Jesus gran… grandma.
This is another thing to remember so you avoid being a dog because most religious people wouldn’t accept that Jesus came from Rahab the prostitute.
Here you find out that Rahab (before known as a prostitute) turned to be of Jesus heritage. The reason is described in one word: Faith.
That‘s why Paul wrote:
29 By faith the people passed through the Red Sea as on dry land; but when the Egyptians tried to do so, they were drowned. 30 By faith the walls of Jericho fell, after the army had marched around them for seven days. 31 By faith the prostitute Rahab, because she welcomed the spies, was not killed with those who were disobedient. 32 And what more shall I say? I do not have time to tell about Gideon, Barak, Samson and Jephthah, about David and Samuel and the prophets,Hebrews 11.29-32 NIV
Paul had time to talk about Rahab but didn‘t have time to talk about David, one of the greatest kings of Israel. Actually, David is also a Rahab descendent. (notice Rahab importance in history)
And that‘s not the only reference in the new testament.
Rahab in the hall of faith
25 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?James 2.25 NIV
Have you noticed that in the last two references they keep labeling Rahab as a prostitute?
Here‘s something you should never forget: God didn‘t change Rahab before He used her to bless the nation of Israel. You don‘t need to be perfect before you could see what God can do through you.
It‘s not like she was a prostitute and then turned into a prophet because she was still a prostitute.
IMPORTANT: This doesn‘t exclude bad behavior but helps us see that the love of God is not the reward for change, it‘s the resource by which we can change.
When condemnation comes in to remind you of all those reasons why God can‘t use you, remember that Rahab had nothing to offer but faith and just because of that God said “even Rahab was considered righteous“.
By the way, in that verse they talk about faith deeds because faith without deeds is dead.
I hope this message was powerful enough to help you understand that you‘re enough and that you don‘t need to be perfect to [start a relationship with God].
That idea by itself is life changing.
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See you in the next post.
Reputation Rehab Original Source
- Reputation Rehab | Steven Furtick | Elevation Church | [Link]