Scripture Reading: Joshua 2:1-24
“Behold, when we come into the land, you shall tie this scarlet cord in the window through which you let us down, and you shall gather into your house your father and mother, your brothers, and all your father’s household…If a hand is laid on anyone who is with you, his blood shall be on our hand.” (Joshua 2:18,19b)
The first character introduced in the book of Joshua, other than Joshua himself, is a woman named Rahab. The book of Joshua is about a harsh conquest and a harsh judgment, as God sends His people to defeat and to destroy the people who live in the land. However, the first story in the book is a study of God’s mercy and grace.
Rahab was an Amorite. The Amorites were a corrupt and vile people who practiced child sacrifice. She was also a prostitute, a woman marked by immorality and struggle. Yet she became the object of God’s amazing grace.
Rahab had heard of God’s acts with her ears — “For we have heard how the Lord dried up the water of the Red Sea before you when you came out of Egypt, and what you did to the two kings of the Amorites who were beyond the Jordan, to Sihon and Og, whom you devoted to destruction” (v. 10). She heard of God’s character with her heart — “And as soon as we heard it, our hearts melted, and there was no spirit left in any man because of you, for the Lord your God, He is God in heaven and on the earth beneath” (v. 11).
Rahab is mentioned in the New Testament as a woman of faith — “By faith Rahab the prostitute did not perish with those who were disobedient, because she had given a friendly welcome to the spies” (Hebrews 11:31). She put her faith into action when she risked her own life and the lives of her family members as she hid the spies sent over by Joshua. Rahab is commended in the book of James (James 2:25).
But most notable of all is the fact that Rahab is listed in the lineage of Christ (Matthew 1:5). Here was a pagan, immoral Gentile who became the recipient of God’s grace and mercy. No one is too vile to be saved! Let’s remember that we are all saved by the amazing grace of God. “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it its he gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast” (Ephesians 2:8,9).
Lord Jesus, thank You that You saved a wretch like me. I know that I was once lost, but now I am found; was blind but now I see. Thank You for Your amazing grace!
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