Rahab’s story is one that causes most of us to be uncomfortable with. Let’s face it – she’s not a woman that most moms would hold up as a mirror for their girls to aspire to. Nor are we content that she is only one of a very few women to be named in the lineage of Christ. Yet, she is an example of courage, of God’s never ending grace and the beautiful great-great grandma of King David.
Jill Eileen Smith has crafted, very skillfully, a new engaging story of Rahab, and how she came to assist the Hebrew’s fulfill God’s plan for Jericho. A faithful, yet abused wife finds herself sold into slavery to pay off her husband’s debt. Her purchaser has many other plans for her. Tastefully dealing with the degradation that happens with sex slavery – we understand Rahab’s complete lack of faith in herself.
She does though, find a way to assure her safety and her that of her family when the Hebrew’s come to claim the land God has promised. Then we “watch” as God redeems her past life, and brings her to a place of honour in history. She is a pre-cursor to the story of the kinsman redeemer named Boaz, and gives us a glimpse that all people are loved so much that God wants them to be part of the family.
I thoroughly enjoyed this read – although I must admit I began quite skeptical at what could be done with a bible character we know relatively little about. Bravo! I savoured every page.