A Traveling Companion We Didn't Expect

Chic Broersma

READ : Joshua 2:1-24

Joshua spared Rahab . . . with her family. (6:25 NIV)

How did she slip in among the heroes of faith? She didn’t. The writer of Hebrews
deliberately chose Rahab to include in the Believers Hall of Fame. The Bible says her
high-risk obedience proved her faith (James 2:25); faith that sees beyond the present
crisis and seeks a heavenly home, that seeks security in a city “whose builder and maker
is God.”

In much of the ancient world (as in some places today) women resorted to prostitution
in order to survive. Rahab had parents and siblings but appears to have had no husband.
Couldn’t her family provide bread for the table and a roof over her head? We don’t know.
We do know Jesus allowed a prostitute to wash his feet (Luke 7). He also forgave the woman
charged with adultery by the stone-carrying scribes and Pharisees.

We know too that Rahab acted bravely on her new faith and was saved when Joshua saw the
scarlet rope hanging from her window. Remember the novel The Scarlet Letter? That scarlet
letter condemned. Rahab’s scarlet rope saved. Early church fathers interpreted the scarlet
rope as symbolic of the blood of Christ, blood that in John’s words, “is the atoning
sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world” (1
John 2:2). Praise God!

It’s easy to confess faith in church. Will that same faith motivate us to take risks in
the world for the sake of Christ?


Lord, my own sins are red like scarlet. Wash me. Make me whiter than snow.