READ : Joshua 2:1-24
The first story in Joshua is a story of God’s mercy rather than of His wrath. No woman in all the pages of Scripture stands out as an example of great faith and God’s redeeming grace more than Rahab. She’s mentioned by the author of Hebrews in the same company of such greats as Noah, Abraham and Moses: “By faith the prostitute Rahab, because she welcomed the spies, was not killed with those who were disobedient” (Hebrews 11:31).
In spite of the fact that Rahab was a Gentile and a prostitute, she had heard about God not only with her ears but with her heart. Here was an immoral pagan who had heard about the God of Israel and believed that He was the true God. Joshua sent the spies for military surveillance, but God sent them to Jericho for a redemptive purpose. As long as that happens and it does we can never despair about anybody, no matter how impure they may be.
Rahab’s experiences parallel those of everyone who comes to God through faith in Christ. We are without merit in a corrupt world, but God rescued us. He called forth faith in us, by which, through His grace, we also lay our lives on the line. Believe in Christ, turn from your sinful past. Take your place with God’s people and stand like Rahab by faith.
Loving God, forgive our sinful past and receive us in mercy as You did Rahab. By faith in Jesus, we come to You and ask that we be numbered among Your people. In Jesus’ name. Amen.