I have recognized from experience that God often wants women to know that one of the main purposes/roles of the woman is to HIDE THE MAN.
I recently started to talking to God about the role of a praying woman and He simply responded by saying, “Joshua 2”.
In knowing that God always has a great answer, I read the scripture and as soon as I saw what Rahab had done, the Holy Spirit said that true purpose of the woman to the cover the man, just as Rahab did.
Despite who Rahab was, God uses her to show that the woman is called to hide the man from the enemy and this hiding means “to pray”.
So many men fall today and are attacked by the enemy because the women are not praying for them. Women are natural carriers, they are natural care takers and there are so many men out there that need to be prayed for.
The king of Jericho (the enemy) sent out to find the men who were seen with Rahab and you know what? She did not expose them to the enemy, she hid them. She did all in her power to cover them so that the men could not get them. Yes they were spies but God sent them to spy for His purpose. It is time to cover our men.
So many women these days are seen exposing men before the enemy, by simply not praying for them. The men are called to be spiritual leaders, so the devil already has tabs out of the men, but like Rahab, the woman is called to cover the man and hide him (in prayer) from the enemy.
The story of Rahab in Joshua 2 is more than a story of a harlot who hid two spies in her home and told a lie about not having them in her house, but rather a story which defines the true purpose of the woman…
It is clear to see her profession; she is a harlot, but the true revelation from this story has not been based on who she was but rather, what she did.
It was God’s Plan for the Spies to Go
First of all in Joshua 1, God has spoken to Joshua and reassured him that He would be with him as he charged him to move on from where Moses left off. God reassured Joshua that He had his back, confirming that the land from the wilderness to the great Euphrates was to be possessed by the Israelites.
He confirmed his support in Joshua 1:5 – No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life; as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you nor forsake you.
So, possessing the land was one of Joshua’s key objectives.
This brings us now to Joshua 2. Order to meet the objective of possessing the land, Joshua had to develop the right strategy of attach so he sent out two spies to “view the land” (Joshua 2:1). Right away we know this was a strategy that was fueled by God, because God has already confirmed that He was going to be with Him and never leave Him. God had already prepared Joshua’s heart by telling Him to be strong and courage in his doings as he sought to possess the land which belonged to Him. So we know for sure that God was supporting Joshua in sending out spies to assess the situation.
I believe the spies could have gone to anyone’s house, but they headed straight to Rahab’s house. I have heard preachers say that they went to her house because she would have known lots of people because of her occupation as a harlot; she got around. Perhaps this may be true, but I know for sure that this is where God led them to. Without saying anything else, we see that God, because of He is God, can choose to use whomsoever He will, even a harlot, in order to establish his purposes.
Rahab Fulfills her God-Given Role of Covering the Men
So the spies went to Rahab’s house and she hid them. She hid them because the spirit of God would have placed it in her to do so. This was her purpose for this season because of the specific instructions which God gave unto Joshua. So in helping Joshua to accomplish his objectives/ purpose, God also used Rahab.
In looking at the scripture, Rahab didn’t just hide them, but according to the greek word for hid (tsaphan), Rahab was covering and protecting them, not just from random men, but men who represented the enemy. These were men who could have potentially killed them and ultimately abort the purpose which God had set out in Joshua.
Yes she covered them with stalks of flax (Joshua 2: 6) but there is yet a deep spiritual interpretation to Rahab’s actions.
As soon as I read this Holy Spirit immediately showed that Rahab represents the praying woman and her role to constantly hide the man from the enemy in prayer.
How many of us continue dedicate ourselves to praying for today’s males?
It didn’t have anything to do with being married nor being a help meet, because Rahab wasn’t married per se, but she was a woman who understood her role and the link to Israel’s destiny and God’s divine purpose.
Husbands, sons, nephews, cousins….need the prayers of the women. They are called to naturally hide and protect the males in prayer. The males need to be covered by women.
Rahab knew that God was with these men. She knew what God had been doing for them and she knew the victories God allowed them to have (Joshua 2:8-10), so she showed them kindness, lest destruction come upon her and her household, with the rest of Jericho.
Many of our males fall because the ladies who are called to hid them and protect them; the wives, mothers etc, are not doing what they are supposed to be doing.