When you read the Book of Joshua you will find yourself amazed at the grace of God. Rahab would most definitely intrigue you.
And if it didn’t strike you before, it will now. Jesus is really a descendant of a Canaanite prostitute? I can still get past the Gentile part, but the “prostitute” thingy, that’s heavy stuff.
Joshua 2:1 is the first mention of Rahab — and the Bible is straightforward about who she is.
‘And Joshua the son of Nun sent out of Shittim two men to spy secretly, saying, Go view the land, even Jericho. And they went, and came into an harlot’s house, named Rahab, and lodged there.’
Some of us must have always thought how cool it would be for our names to be mentioned in the Bible, especially one that would link us with Jesus. But not this way. Rahab is a prostitute. I think the Bible wants to make this crystal clear. The phrase “Rahab the prostitute” is mentioned 5 times in the Bible: thrice in OT and twice in the New Testament (Joshua 2:1; 6;17; 6;25; Hebrews 11:31; James 2:25).
This is really heavy stuff, yeah? Ever wondered why not Deborah or Miriam or any Israelite woman with a good, stellar record of righteousness? Why, would the holy, righteous God include the name of a harlot into the genealogy of His Son Jesus?
The answer is simple, His grace shining in through:
“I show My great mercy and power through human weaknesses. Whenever you feel at your weakest, whenever you feel you’re the most undeserving, whenever you feel you are in your filthiest, most sinful moment, that is the moment where My power shines the brightest and My compassion for you beats the strongest. My GRACE is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”
“Why harlotry of all sins?” you may ask?
The Drake commentary tells us that “Harlotry is the epitome of self-inflicted, gut-wrenching brokenness. The prostitute knows it is wrong, but she can not escape due to various reasons. And each time a prostitute commits the act, he or she is broken into further smaller pieces that seem irreparable. She feels like it is too late to turn back.”
Same with you. Every time you commit a sin that you swear you won’t be doing again, you feel like you are breaking yourself into pieces that are too small to be restored back.
But God’s message is this: No matter how filthy you feel, I can reach out to you and turn your life around, I can make it right, and even do wonders through it, when everybody else — including yourself — thought you are good for nothing and can never be restored.”
“Then what is the appropriate response to your Grace, Lord?”
The first 2 words of Hebrews 11:31 read… “BY FAITH, the prostitute Rahab…“