The Bible records episodes in the lives of families. It is amazing the genealogy that is maintained in detail. The lives of two women mentioned in Matthew 1:5 intersect in a fascinating way.
Rahab and Ruth left their country and culture because the were attentive to God’s work in the world. They were drawn to know more and wanted to be with the people that believed God. Leaving the places that they knew was an act of courage and faith. Rahab left Jericho after saving the lives of Israeli men, and Ruth left Moab.
Rahab and Ruth were brought into the families of Israel and became connected in the ancestry of King David and Jesus! Rahab was the mother of Boaz. When Ruth came to Israel, she married Boaz.
We can learn from Rahab and Ruth. It is important to be attentive to what God is doing and trust God’s love.
The full scripture, Old Testament and New Testament, is now available to us, but we still need to have faith. If we are called to do hard things, the Lord will help us. I have been studying John 14 and 15 and the promises of Jesus. We are blessed to have the words of Jesus.
“But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to remembrance all that I said to you. Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you, not as the world gives, do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful. John 14:26-27 NASB
“Just as the Father has loved Me, I have also loved you; abide in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in His love. These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made full. This is my commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you. John 15:9-12 NASB
The print of Rahab is a photo of an engraving at the Metropolitan Museum of Art: Rahab and the Spies (Dalziels’ Bible Gallery)