Rahab (Joshua 2, 6) was of the city of Jericho. Her trade was harlotry, and she dwelt in the wall of the “impenetrable” city. By God’s amazing grace, the Word of God had gotten behind the walls of that city and penetrated her heart. Her story is given in Joshua chapters two and six.
She had come to learn of the awesome exploits of the God of Israel. She had heard that the LORD had granted deliverance to His people by overthrowing the Egyptians in the Red Sea. She had heard of all that God had done, and her heart melted. Her heart melted so, that she believed in the God of the Hebrews. Nowhere in Scripture is there further mention of her acts of harlotry.
I find it interesting that her name is associated with her former life. Some might consider this a scar or a mark of imperfection, but to those who have been changed by the power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, it is worn as a badge of grace. It says to the world, “This is what I was, but in Christ Jesus I am a new creature!” There are many things in life that we cannot be proud of but rather give cause for shame, but our boast is in Jesus Christ and what He has done for us.
What was God willing to give Rahab in exchange for her faith? EVERYTHING! By the scarlet cord that hung from her window, a guarantee was made that when the destroyers came back to town her family would be saved alive. You see, her story parallels the story of the Passover found in Exodus 12. When the Lord passed through Egypt, He was looking for the blood applied to the people’s homes. Rahab’s scarlet cord represented her trust in God and foreshadowed of the blood of Jesus Christ applied to our sin’s account.
Thank God, God gave her forgiveness, safety from destruction and a place in the lineage of Jesus Christ in exchange for her faith.
Have you trusted in Jesus Christ as did Rahab? Will you simply believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God? Will you trust in the finished work of Christ on the cross for your soul’s salvation? ALL GOD WANTS FROM YOU IS TO BELIEVE. What an amazing face, that speaks to us about God’s amazing grace.