Scripture: Joshua 2:1-24, 6:17-25; Matthew 1:5; Hebrews 11:31; James 2:25
Rahab lived about 1406 B.C. in Jericho. Rahab was strong, brave, decisive and a prostitute. This was a common profession back in this time but still not looked good upon. She lived in a house that was at the city wall which made her highly accessible to travelers. Rahab is known in scripture as being Rahab the Harlot. Harlot meaning a woman that yields herself to any man who approaches her. During this time she had learned about the Exodus of Israel and the miracles of the Red Sea.
So here we are after 40 years of struggle the Israelites were ready to enter the promised land. The Israelites were now under the leadership of
Joshua who trained under Moses. Joshua needed to get the Israelites to the Promised Land so he sent two spies to secretly scout out the area. Upon their arrival these men were spotted. So the king of Jericho sent a message to Rahab to bring the men out. Instead under the threat of treason and the penalty of death she hid the men and told the king’s soldiers that they had left town.
So Rahab asked a favor of the two spies. She asked them to spare her family from death. They agreed. Rahab told them to run to the hills so she lowered them by rope through a window to safety outside the city wall. For seven days she waited and while she heard the Israelities marching around Jericho; but she had faith. This act and her faith in God earned her the title as a woman of Faith.
As women, wives and mothers we all have day to day struggles and we make mistakes along the way. We can learn faith, courage, commitment and o
bedience from Rahab. As Rahab’s example, no matter what your path in life has been a simple step of faith in Jesus Christ can turn your life around. Hebrews 11:31
Listen she went from prostitute to being in the lineage of motherhood of Jesus Christ. Wow! A prosititute in the lineage of Jesus Christ. What Rahab found was deliverance through the mercy of God. Friends Rahab experienced a transformed life. If a prostitute can become a saint of faith and become a mother in the line of Jesus then nothing is impossible.
Rahab had no religious background but she had a courageous choice to make. First, she chose to have faith. Second, she chose to help. Rahab risked her own life by an act of treason. Just as God transformed Rahab he is able to transform any life that is brought to Him no matter how wicked, broken or wretched it may be. God showed her mercy. Remember that you have not fallen so far that God can’t reach you. No matter what you’ve done, where you are right now take a risk, put your faith in God and allow Him to transform you. You are His creation. You are His precious daughter, allow Him the opportunity to transform you into the woman He created you to be.