RAHAB: A PICTURE OF SALVATION OF THE SOUL (Continued)
Joshua 2: 6 "But she had brought them up to the roof of the house, and hid them with the stalks of flax, which she had laid in order upon the roof."
By now we see clearly the messengers (spies) are a picture of the Word of God (message). Again, Rahab is a picture of the believer whose soul (the mind, will, and emotions) is being held captive in carnality by the wicked one. Once she received the "message" in her heart, "she had brought them up to the roof of the house." Now that her spirit is saved, her soul is being saved. The roof of her house speaks to her mind. Because of the Word in her heart, she was able to cast down any lofty thing that exalted itself over the Word. The messengers were safe on her roof. The "message" was safe and secure because it was hidden with stalks of flax.
The presence of stalks of flax indicates there has been a recent celebration of Passover. Passover is a Feast of the Lord instituted when Israel was about to be delivered from bondage in Egypt. It foreshadowed our deliverance from bondage under satan. According to Leviticus 23: 9-11, God commanded of Israel to bring a sheaf of the firstfruits of the harvest to the priest. The priest was to wave the sheaf as an offering before the LORD. That offering was fulfilled in the resurrection of Jesus Christ. (It is written, "But now is Christ risen from the dead, and became the firstfruits of them that slept. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming.) (I Corinthians 15:20-23 KJV). These instructions were among those commanded by God when Israel came into the land of promise. Therefore, if Rahab had stalks of flax, Passover would have already been observed. Not only does this point speak to deliverance from bondage, but it also speaks of our position in Christ.
Flax is the raw material from which linen is made. Revelation 19:8 declares to the Lamb’s wife was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of the saints. Praise God for our position of being in right standing because of the obedience of His Son! Rahab knows per position is now far superior to that of the enemy. She knows the significance of laying the stalks of flax in order ("...But every man in his own order), so that Christ’s preeminence is clearly seen.