A Righteous Gentile

By Rachav

I have had different people ask me, who was Rachav? (she is also known as Rahab.) And some want to know why I chose to be known by this Jewish name. This lady played a key role in ensuring the safety of the spies sent by Joshua to spy out the land of Israel, before entering in to conquer it.

There are several Noahides who played a key role in one way or another in helping to ensure that Israel's existence as a nation was established.

When Israel defeated the Amorites, it very close to Jericho, so of course Rachav knew very well what had happened to the Amorites when they refused to allow Israel to pass through their land, because the inhabitants of Jericho had a ringside view.

Numbers 22:1 And the children of Israel set forward, and pitched in the plains of Moab on this side Jordan [by] Jericho. 2 And Balak the son of Zippor saw all that Israel had done to the Amorites..... v21 And Israel sent messengers unto Sihon king of the Amorites, saying, 22 Let me pass through thy land: we will not turn into the fields, or into the vineyards; we will not drink [of] the waters of the well: [but] we will go along by the king's [high] way, until we be past thy borders. 23 And Sihon would not suffer Israel to pass through his border: but Sihon gathered all his people together, and went out against Israel into the wilderness: and he came to Jahaz, and fought against Israel. 24 And Israel smote him with the edge of the sword, and possessed his land from Arnon unto Jabbok, even unto the children of Ammon: for the border of the children of Ammon [was] strong. 25 And Israel took all these cities: and Israel dwelt in all the cities of the Amorites, in Heshbon, and in all the villages thereof.

From what Rachav had to say to the two spies, she knew very well that God had been with the children of Israel and giving them the victory over the Amorites, and Sihon and Og.

Joshua 2:12 And now, I pray you, swear to me by the LORD, since I have dealt kindly with you, that ye will also deal kindly with my father's house, and give me a certain sign, 13 that ye will let my father live, and my mother, and my brethren, and my sisters, and all that belong to them, and deliver our souls from death. 14 And the men said to her, Our lives shall pay for yours, if ye do not make this our business known; and it shall be when the LORD shall give us the land, that we will deal kindly and truly with thee.

Notice that Rachav was sworn to secrecy about her relationship with the children of Israel, and her part in concealing the spies from the kings of Jericho's men. Rachav also gave the spies directions about where they should go to hide for three days before returning the the camp of the children of Israel. Then she let them down by a scarlet line which she tied in the window. This scarlet line became the "sign" by which the children of Israel would know which house belonged to Rachav. Of course Rachav's house was in the outside Wall of Jericho so that it was easy to lower the men out of the city from that window without the men having to go through the city gates and take a chance on being discovered.

Joshua 2:15 And she let them down by a cord through the window; for her house was upon the city-wall, and she dwelt upon the wall. 16 And she said to them, Go to the mountain, that the pursuers may not meet with you; and hide yourselves there three days, until the pursuers have returned; and afterwards go your way. 17 And the men said to her, We will be quit of this thine oath which thou hast made us swear. 18 Behold, when we come into the land, thou shalt bind in the window this line of scarlet thread by which thou hast let us down; and thou shalt gather to thee in the house thy father, and thy mother, and thy brethren, and all thy father's household; 19 and it shall be,
that whoever shall go out of the doors of thy house into the street, -- his blood shall be upon his head, and we shall be innocent; but every one who shall be with thee in the house, his blood shall be upon our head, if any hand be upon him. 20 And if thou make known this our business, we will be quit of thine oath which thou hast made us swear. 21 And she said, According to your words, so be it. And she sent them away, and they departed. And she bound the scarlet line in the window.

The scarlet line or cord by which Rachav helped the spies to escape Jericho undiscovered, was the same cord which she then left hanging in her window. The word for this cord is tikvah which also means 'hope'and the hope for Rachav was the promise made to her that her family would be spared when Jericho was conquered by Israel.


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