“By faith Rahab the prostitute did not perish with those who were disobedient, because she had received the spies in peace.” – Hebrews 11:31
From a human perspective, it’s difficult to understand why the Bible should speak favorably of Rahab. She was a prostitute. She belonged to the Canaanites, a heathen people who indulged in idolatry. She was a liar who deceived her own leaders and helped “the enemy” escape. She was a traitor who helped orchestrate the overthrow of Jericho.
Yet look at Rahab from a divine perspective. She had developed a healthy fear of the God of Israel. She was willing to become a part of God’s covenant nation. The writer of Hebrews explicitly tells us that Rahab’s welcoming of the Jewish spies was a visible demonstration of faith.
In her post-Jericho life, Rahab married Salmon and ultimately became the great-great-grandmother of King David! Imagine that—a Canaanite prostitute becoming part of the ancestral line of Israel’s kings, including the nation’s greatest King, Jesus Christ. Rahab epitomizes the kind of transformation that is possible when a person puts his or her faith in God.
The issue for us today is not what we are doing for God, but what He is willing to do for us. Our efforts at right living cannot make us right with God. Have you recognized God as the true King of your life? Have you trusted in His power alone to save you and change you? If God can transform a heathen prostitute, he can certainly change you!
Put your trust in Jesus Christ today. Faith paves the way to a right relationship with God.