Scripture: Joshua 2, 6:15-25
The story of Rahab is quite a popular one in the old testament, most of us remember her as the prostitute who helped the spies, but there is more to the story.
Joshua sent two spies to secretly explore the land of Canaan especially the city of Jericho. The two spies spent the night at the house of a prostitute called Rahab. The king had heard of this so he sent word to Rahab to bring the spies out but Rahab lied and said she did not know where the men were from though she admitted that some men had come to her house. She gave them false information about their where about and sent the soldiers on a useless chase while she hid the spies on her roof. Rahab was putting her life at risk by helping these spies, why did she do that?
Yes Rahab was a prostitute, there is no denying that fact. She had heard what God had done for the Israelites, all the miracles he performed for them and how he gave them victory, she acknowledged who God is and she wanted to experience this God she had heard about (psalm 34:8) she wanted protection for her family and she believed God could do that for her. She trusted the God of the Israelites. She asked the spies to promise her that God would do as she had asked, in return for her silence, they agreed to repay her kindness when God blesses them with the land. She eventually helped them to escape. They left her with some instructions so that they would be able to protect her and her household when they returned.
After the Israelites had done what God had commanded, the walls of Jericho fell and they destroyed everything in the city but they spared the life of Rahab and her household because of what she did for their spies. They kept their promise.
Rahab trusted her life and her family’s life to God and his people. The bible tells us that God accepts anyone who turns to him, no matter how sinful their life is, no matter their position in the society, no matter how the world views them. All God requires is a simple trust that He is indeed who he says he is and he welcomes all who believe.
For without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards to those who earnestly seek him
Rahab was the mother of Boaz who was the father of Obed who was the father of Jesse who was the father of David! Jesus came from Rahab’s family line, how amazing. Rahab was built into the family of God. Jesus came from the genealogy of a prostitute from Jericho who had faith in the God of the Israelites and was willing to risk her life for the sake of his people. That is what God cares about, our hearts toward him not our labels.
It is easy to judge someone like Rahab because of her profession but we do not even know how she got into that or why she did. This story shows us that God sees us way differently from how humans view us. Human standards are not God’s standards. God accepts those who we would normally reject, he calls them His. Yes Rahab was a prostitute, but she had faith in God, which is what He asks of us.
God always uses the unlikely people, the people who we would normally look down upon, those are the people that God loves to use to show His ultimate transforming power and mercy that we have never deserved. No one is too sinful or broken for God to use. if you seek Him, you will surely find Him.