«I know that the Lord has given you the land, that the terror of you has fallen on us, and that all the inhabitants of the land are faint hearted because of you» (Joshua 2:9).
Rahab, a pagan prostitute, showed that she was ready to risk everything for a God she had barely heard about. Don’t measure someone’s faith by their lifestyle or their appearance.
And why did the spies go to a brothel that night? These establishments provided lodging and meals, and they would go unnoticed.
Rahab’s words show her choice. She had to choose whether to be faithful to her country or to God. With her decision, she risked everything: her life, her family, her income. She clung to God ‘s mercy and the hope that the spies would come back for her and her family. Did God justify her lies? Acts 17:30 explains that God overlooks these times of ignorance, and in the case of Rahab the light was just beginning to shine on her. God accepted her sincere intentions, even though they were mixed with ignorance.
Rahab grew in faith, joined the Israelite family, and was the mother of Boaz, husband of Ruth, who treated a stranger with mercy, just as he treated his own mother. Boaz experienced derision seeing his mother suffering under the reproach of her former life. Wherever her name is mentioned, it is accompanied by the subtitle «the Prostitute.» The only place that this does not occur is in Matthew 1:5, the passage where Rahab is presented as part of the genealogy of the Messiah.
Rahab was David ‘s great-grandmother, and part of the genealogical tree of Jesus Christ. There is no past that the grace of God cannot redeem. Rahab has a place among the heroes of the faith, even though her past reputation followed her. Jesus can change your past too, and He is not ashamed to include you in His genealogy as His beloved daughter.
Continue to fight your daily battle, just as Joshua did. Even if it does not appear so to you, the forces of evil fear and tremble like the citizens of Jericho. Follow Rahab’s example, lead a life of faith and choose God over material things.
Go from fear to faith; an incredible reward awaits you: inclusion in Jesus’ genealogy as His beloved daughter.