Gino (8 Jan 2023)
"like these two women?"

(Attempt something for Jesus, like these 2 women?

Was not Rahab stirred to attempt something for the LORD:)

Joshua 2:1 And Joshua the son of Nun sent out of Shittim two men to spy secretly, saying, Go view the land, even Jericho. And they went, and came into an harlotís house, named Rahab, and lodged there.

  2 And it was told the king of Jericho, saying, Behold, there came men in hither to night of the children of Israel to search out the country.

  3 And the king of Jericho sent unto Rahab, saying, Bring forth the men that are come to thee, which are entered into thine house: for they be come to search out all the country.

  4a And the woman took the two men, and hid them,

  6a But she had brought them up to the roof of the house,

  12 Now therefore, I pray you, swear unto me by the LORD, since I have shewed you kindness, that ye will also shew kindness unto my fatherís house, and give me a true token:

  13 And that ye will save alive my father, and my mother, and my brethren, and my sisters, and all that they have, and deliver our lives from death.

  14 And the men answered her, Our life for yours, if ye utter not this our business. And it shall be, when the LORD hath given us the land, that we will deal kindly and truly with thee.

  15 Then she let them down by a cord through the window: for her house was upon the town wall, and she dwelt upon the wall.

(She could have been put to death for being a traitor, but she was stirred up to attempt something for the LORD.

She didnít hear a voice, or have a prophet, to tell her what to do.

Yet, despite the danger, she decided to step out and do this for the LORD.

Rahab must have been wealthy, to have a house on the town wall like that, and no doubt, her whole life worshipped other gods and goddesses.

Yet, at this moment, she chose the God of Israel, and knew his name, which she said, in line 5.

And she was stirred to attempt something radical for him.)

(Ruth, a Moabitess, was willing to attempt something for the LORD:)

Ruth 1:5 And Mahlon and Chilion died also both of them; and the woman was left of her two sons and her husband.

  7 Wherefore she went forth out of the place where she was, and her two daughters in law with her; and they went on the way to return unto the land of Judah.

  8 And Naomi said unto her two daughters in law, Go, return each to her motherís house: the LORD deal kindly with you, as ye have dealt with the dead, and with me.

  14 And they lifted up their voice, and wept again: and Orpah kissed her mother in law; but Ruth clave unto her.

  15 And she said, Behold, thy sister in law is gone back unto her people, and unto her gods: return thou after thy sister in law.

  16 And Ruth said, Intreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God:

  17 Where thou diest, will I die, and there will I be buried: the LORD do so to me, and more also, if ought but death part thee and me.

(Ruth was willing to leave her land and her people, in order to follow the LORD.

Thereís no record that she was told to do that, in fact, Naomi originally tried to convince her to stay.

However, whether it meant to live or die, or wherever it would take her, Ruth was stirred to follow the LORD.

She, like Rahab, had grown up worshipping other gods and goddesses.

Her husband and brother-in-law were not supposed to marry Moabite women, so they probably didn't go to synagogue each sabbath, with Ruth and Orpah.

So, chances are, that what she learned of the LORD, she learned from her mother-in-law Naomi.

Ruth's family, there would have taken good care of her, if she remained, and she might have been able to marry a Moabite man.

She probably knew that a Moabite widow of a Jew, may not be so welcomed with open arms, in Judah, Naomi's homeland.

Ruth probably knew that she might have a meager existence, once she got there.

Yet, she was stirred to throw away all worldly confidence, and to boldly proclaim and follow the LORD; she also spoke his name in line 17.

It's interesting that her second mother-in-law was Rahab, and that apparently Boaz ended up marrying a woman with a heart like his mother's.

And that both of these women ended up in the physical line of Jesus.)