By Faith, Rahab was saved
By faith the harlot Rahab perished not with them that believed not, when she had received the spies with peace Hebrews 11:31
By faith, the walls of Jericho fell. By this same faith, the house of Rahab remained standing. All of the inhabitants of Jericho died, but only this woman of many pleasures and all of her family were saved. This gentile woman is adopted to God’s people. And is in the ancestry of Jesus Christ (Matthew 1:5).
How is this possible her name and even her profession are mentioned? Isn’t this a total disgrace mentioned in the scroll of martyrs and warriors? Wasn’t the apostle who wrote this epistle to the Hebrews able to give another example to illustrate the beauty and the power of the Faith?
True, humanly speaking, her name is a disgrace among all the other names. However, her name also belongs to these names because the Gospel of Jesus Christ interprets the glory and the grace of God to those who think themselves as self-righteous or saints. On the contrary, it ruffles their feathers. It is foolish in the eyes of intellectuals and moralists. God favors the dishonored and the despised, “lest any man should boast” of the works done by the flesh.
Does this aggravate us? We should we wonder about this?
From any woman like Rahab to any man like Zacheus in Jericho receive the precedence in the Kingdom of Heaven. This fact brings us down to the level of these despised sinners. However, it is hopeful and means freedom as well.
Who would have thought that Rahab would be saved? Isn’t this something to wonder about?
Rahab represents God’s powerful and unlimited grace. Her deliverance is a prophecy, that after many ages, was proclaimed: “for the Son of man came to seek and to save that which were lost” in that same Jericho. That’s why God added her name to the scroll of His people. Sinners don’t have to despair but may receive God’s faith through grace.
Maybe Rahab was walking along when God’s people entered the Promised Land with her stained hands carrying a banner maybe with the phrase “The God of Israel is the only God and sinners He justifies”. Tears should come to our eyes. Rahab the woman of pleasures who was saved.
Do we still want to cross her name out of the Book of Life? Let us think again because that way we also cross our name out of the Book of Life. We want to have the name of Abraham to our ancestry, but not Rahab?!
Have we forgotten that the God of Abraham is the Same God of Rahab? Have we forgotten that Rahab is mentioned in the generation of Lord Jesus Christ? Or are we maybe overlooking this wonderful mystery that God’s grace has gloried in the faith of Rahab? She believed that the God of Israel was the only true God. She showed her great faith by hiding the two spies. She knew that God did promise the land to the Hebrew people and she wanted to be part of it.
Remember that God promised Abraham through him “all nations” shall be blessed.
And Rahab this gentile woman was one of them saved by “Faith through Grace“