If you recall, Rahab lied to the king’s messengers and told them the Israelite men had left the city. When the messengers took off in pursuit, she went to the men. What she told them is astounding. “I know that the LORD [the name should be in all caps, since it refers to the covenant God, Yahweh] has given you this land.” She goes on to admit terror has fallen over the area. Her people were not God’s chosen people, but they’d heard about the God who let the Israelites pass through the Red Sea on dry land. They’d heard about the death of the Egyptian soldiers and the destruction of the Amorites. Rahab knew how powerful the God of Israel was, and the King James puts it this way: “Our hearts did melt.” That’s a pretty strong description of completely losing courage!
Rahab then makes a startling confession: “the LORD your God, he is God in heaven above, and in earth below.” She acknowledges there is no limit to His ownership of and power over all creation. She might have feared the king’s retribution, but her greater fear—her deep awe—was of the holy God of Israel. She chose to resist an earthly king but bow to the true King, the LORD. Her fear of God gave her the courage to act in His favor. And, as we’ll see tomorrow, God rewarded her for her courageous stand.