It was by faith that Rahab the prostitute was not destroyed with the people in her city who refused to obey God. For she had given a friendly welcome to the spies. Hebrews 11:31
Rahab the prostitute. What an ironic way to describe a hero of faith. Not only was she a prostitute, but she was also a Gentile. Let’s see what qualified this prostitute to be named a hero.
Her story is seen in Joshua chapter 2. Joshua had sent 2 spies to spy on the land of Jericho before the children of Israel went there to conquer it. On arrival, they hid in the house of Rahab. This she did this at her own risk. She was a risk taker. She knew that what she has done could cost her her life. But yet she went ahead with it. Her life meant nothing to her. She was willing to put her life in line for what she believed in. But why will she do this?
Verses 8-11 explains why she took this risk. She said she knew that the Lord has given the children of Israel the land of Jericho because she has heard of the miracles God did for the children of Israel; how God parted the Red Sea and other great miracles. And she believed that the God who could do those things, was mighty and powerful enough to give the Israelites victory over Jericho. Wow! She believed what she didn’t see. All of these made her say “For the Lord your God is the supreme God of the heavens above and the earth below.” verse 11. She confessed her faith to the spies. She was unashamed to identify with God.
Are we comfortable sharing the faith we claim we believe?
Faith comes by hearing (Romans 10:17). What she heard, grew her faith. She went ahead to put her faith into action by hiding the spies. Faith without works is dead (James 2:17). She further proved her faith by securing her life and that of her family. She ensured that the spies gave her a guarantee that her and family will be safe. She wasn’t selfish. She reached out to her loved ones.
Are we concerned about the lives of your friends and family who do not know God? Are we reaching out to them?
When the spies were leaving, they told Rahab that the above would only happen if she followed the instructions they were going to give her. She was told to leave the scarlet rope they used to climb down from her house hanging in her window. This was going to be a sign and serve as a reminder on the day they were coming back to destroy Jericho. I will like to link this with Exodus 12:13. I feel the rope represents the blood of Jesus Christ which guarantees our safety. She was also told that her and her family were to stay inside the house. All of this she obeyed.
Rahab cherished her faith more than the comfort of her remaining in her city. The comfort of staying with those she knew met nothing to her anymore. She was willing to separate herself from darkness. She found something better and sweeter than what she had before. She left a land she knew and embarked on a journey she only just discovered. The uncertainty of tomorrow didn’t make her stay in a place of shame and condemnation. She didn’t let the label she had on hinder her from moving forward.
Don’t allow anything hinder you from going all in for God
Although Rahab was a prostitute, God didn’t love her any less. She embraced the grace of God and that made her become a better person.
All of these gave her a position of honour in Hebrew 11. Rahab was the mother of Boaz who was the great-grandfather of David. Her name is mentioned as an ancestor of Jesus in Matthew 1:5.
It doesn’t matter where you are now friend. There is hope for you. God didn’t cast Rahab away when she came to Him. He won’t cast you out either. Embrace the grace that is available for you today. Imagine if Rahab had hesitated or procrastinated. Her story would have ended differently. Don’t leave this till tomorrow. Accept Jesus Christ now and as you do, stay in the fold. This is when your safety is guaranteed.
After writing this, i have decided;
- To reach out to loved ones who aren’t saved.
What are yours? Let me know in the comment section below.
I have created a separate category for this series on my blog. Please click on it to read about Moses, Joseph, Jacob, Isaac, Abraham and Sarah, Noah, Enoch and Abel.
See you next time as we look at Gideon; another hero of great faith.