Joshua 6:22-25 (NASB)
Joshua said to the two men who had spied out the land, “Go into the harlot’s house and bring the woman and all she has out of there, as you have sworn to her.” So the young men who were spies went in and brought out Rahab and her father and her mother and her brothers and all she had; they also brought out all her relatives and placed them outside the camp of Israel. They burned the city with fire, and all that was in it. Only the silver and gold, and articles of bronze and iron, they put into the treasury of the [a]house of the Lord. However, Rahab the harlot and her father’s household and all she had, Joshua [b]spared; and she has lived in the midst of Israel to this day, for she hid the messengers whom Joshua sent to spy out Jericho.
Read Joshua Chapter 2 for context.
Joshua sent spies to Jericho to survey the land and to bring back a report to him. The men ended up at Rahab’s house and she let the spies know that the everyone was fearful of them because they knew God was with them. Rahab was a harlot who hid the spies from the King’s men and entered into a covenant with them in order to save her and her family. Rahab didn’t allow her sinful lifestyle to stop her from asking for help. She saw her way out and took it. The oath she made with the spies was honored when Joshua and Israel came to conquer the land. Only Rahab and her family were spared from death. God’s love was extended to a pagan worshiping woman and her family when she offered a helping hand to the spies.
A harlot became the saving grace for her family. Can you imagine that? We often frown on people who live certain lifestyles as if they are beyond God’s grace without realizing we are all drowning in the same ocean of grace. God can use whomever He chooses to complete His perfect will. Rahab went on to marry one of the spies and became the mother of the man that most Christian women pray for- BOAZ. Her entire life was shifted unexpectedly because she gave God a yes through His people. Don’t be so quick to discount people who are caught up in sinful lifestyles. The same God that saved you is the same God that can save them! The power of His love has no respect of persons!
Father, forgive me for judging those who are living lives that are not pleasing to you. We all need the same grace to make it each day in our lives. God, I know that you can use anybody to accomplish your will because you use me and I haven’t always been right with you. I pray that they will give you a yes just like Rahab and that you will use them to be the saving grace for their entire family. Father, give them the courage to take a chance on you so that their life will never be the same. All it takes is one encounter with you to shift our lives. Father, I pray that they have that encounter with you and fear and shame will not hinder them. In Jesus name, amen!
Greater Working Women Ministry Leader