I wasn’t quite ready to leave the story of Rahab. One thing that struck me as I was reading her story was the similarities between Rahab’s situation and Lot’s situation.
- Both were living in cities that were about to be completely destroyed
- Both invited strangers into their houses and sought to protect them.
- Both were saved from the destruction because of their action.
It is interesting to note the contrast in the ways Lot and Rahab choose to protect the strangers they were entrusted. Lot’s solution was to offer up his daughters to the mob that came to his house. They are there, demanding he hand over the two men. His response: “No, my friends. Don’t do such an evil thing. Look, I have two daughters. No man has ever made love to them. I’ll bring them out to you now. Then do to them what you want to. But don’t do anything to these men. I’ve brought them inside so they can be safe” (Genesis 19: 7 – 8).
Rahab’s approach was a little different. When asked about the men at her house she thought up a lie. She said, “It’s true that the men came here. But I didn’t know where they had come from. They left at sunset, when it was time to close the city gate. I don’t know which way they went. Go after them quickly. You might catch up with them.” (Joshua 2:4 – 5).
While Lot’s heart is in the right place, he is perfectly willing to sacrifice his daughters to accomplish his goal. Rahab figured out a way to do the right thing AND save of her family.
Which are you?