“By faith the prostitute Rahab, because she welcomed the spies, was not killed with those who were disobedient.”
Rahab was a prostitute in the city of Jericho whose name first appears in the book of Joshua. The book of Joshua tells the story of the Israelites and their invasion of Jericho. God summoned Joshua and the Israelites to destroy the wickedness and idolatry of the city of Jericho- they were commanded to destroy everyone EXCEPT for the city’s prostitute, Rahab and her family. Prior to the Israelites destroying Jericho, God told Joshua that he must first send spies into the city to evaluate the land. The Israelite spies knew this request was extremely dangerous and were uncertain how God would protect them.
Rahab lived on the outskirts of the city of Jericho and was well known because of her profession. The king of Jericho suspected that the Israelites were quickly encroaching upon his city and sent word to Rahab to be on the lookout for foreign travelers passing by her home. However, while scripture does not give great detail about the conversation between Rahab and the Israelite spies, Rahab believed with all of her heart that these men served a faithful God. It was because of her great understanding and acknowledgement of the power of God that Rahab chose to protect the spies from her king’s wrath and it was because of her faith that she and her family were ultimately saved and spared from death.
Of all the people in the city of Jericho, God chose to protect a prostitute and her family. God used the most unlikely person to ultimately lead the Israelites to victory.
Can you imagine the impact of Rahab’s story on an unbeliever? As she told all those that she encountered that her family was the only one spared out of an entire city. God blessed Rahab, he saved her, he transformed her, and he gave her an absolutely amazing platform to tell every person that she came in contact with about God’s everlasting faithfulness.
Are you a Rahab? Is your life completely consumed by sin and compromise? Do you ever think that is too late for God to use you, to transform you?
I am here to tell you that it is NEVER too late. I am here to tell you that God transforms the deepest and darkest sin filled individuals every single day. God uses Rahabs to tell of His grace. He uses individuals whose lives were plagued with sin to lead others to victory.
It is NEVER too late for God to use you. Believe in His transforming power today.