The story of Rahab is a beautiful story of God’s grace. She was a prostitute, an outcast of society, and shunned by her family who all lived in Jericho at the time that Israel came to destroy the city. God had condemned Jericho her home, because of their heathen worship of false Gods, and many other abominations. The two spies that Joshua sent to spy in the city entered her house to hide themselves from the kings men who had heard that the spies were in the city. There an agreement was made between Rahab and the spies that her life and those who were in her house when they came to destroy the city would be spared. A study of Rahab’s name in the Bible will show her to be the grandmother of King David, which also makes her a relation to the baby Jesus.
The commendation that Rahab receives in the Bible is awesome. James commended her for her works; “Likewise also was not Rahab the harlot justified by works, when she had received the messengers, and had sent them out another way?” James 2:25. Her real commendation is not that she lied to her own people in order to save the spies, but that she chose to walk away from everything she was, and could have been, in order to serve God. She chose to serve God!
There are several commendations of other people that we discover in the Bible. Enoch pleased God. Abraham was called the friend of God. God himself called David a man after mine own heart. Jesus said about the Centurion that he had great faith that he had never seen anywhere in Israel. The woman with the alabaster box Jesus said when she broke it and poured the ointment on his feet and that “She did it for my burial, Matt 26:13, “Wheresoever this gospel shall be preached in the whole world, there shall also this, that this woman hath done, be told for a memorial of her.”
The question I want to ask you is what will God commend you for? Everyone of us desires to hear the commendation that God gives to those he welcomes into Heaven, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant,” but isn’t there something more that we would desire as our legacy? What will God commend us for as being “well done?”
Heb 11:33-39 says, “Who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens. Women received their dead raised to life again: and others were tortured, not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection: And others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment: They were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword: they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented; (Of whom the world was not worthy:) they wandered in deserts, and in mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth. And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise: KJV
My grandfather’s pastor commended him at his funeral for loving God’s word, and proving it by the way he polished the pulpit. My brother’s pastor commended him at his funeral for his service to the kingdom, his friendship to his pastor, and for motivating and challenging him to enlarge his vision.
Men may say many great things of us, but the real question is, what will God commend us for? What will He say about my service, my work, my relationship with Him, and my influence upon others? What will really matter? It won’t be what man says, but only what God says about me.