Shut the Door [Part 1 of 3]

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The Bible is a Book of Tales (Narrative Theology)

Union and Communion (Covenant)


A key phrase in Rahab’s story  in Joshua 2 tipped me off to looking, and I was able to fit the story into the recapitulative structure of the Noah/Lot stories. 

In Jericoh the gate is shut and men are safe in the house.

This reminded me that in Noah’s ark, the people are shut safely inside, and that in Lot’s house the angels pull in Lot and shut the door, and safety exists from the madding crowd of wicked sexual sinners on the outside.

Rahab is a wicked sexual sinner who is SAVED on the INSIDE of the house.  More on that in Part 2, also more about covenant identity and passover in these passages.  For now, here is the initial comparison:

Noah in Genesis 7

15They went into the ark with Noah, two and two of all flesh in which there was the breath of life. 16And those that entered, male and female of all flesh, went in as God had commanded him. And the LORD shut him in.


Lot in Gen 19

3But he pressed them strongly; so they turned aside to him and entered his house. ... 10But the men reached out their hands and brought Lot into the house with them and shut the door.


Rahab in Josh 2

1…And they went and came into the house of a prostitute whose name was Rahab and lodged there. 7So the men pursued after them on the way to the Jordan as far as the fords. And the gate was shut as soon as the pursuers had gone out.

 Now I want to show detailed similarities in Lot/Rahab…in Part 2.


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