Rahab the Prostitute

Rehab by James Tissot

“By faith the people crossed the Red Sea as on dry land, but the Egyptians, when they attempted to do the same, were drowned. By faith the walls of Jericho fell down after they had been circled during seven days. By faith Rahab, the prostitute, didn’t perish with those who were disobedient: because she had given a friendly welcome to the spies.” Hebrews 11: 29-31.

We read that after forty years of war and conflict, Israel was ready to enter the promised land, but still much work remained to be done. They were entering new territory; many city-states were in the area, each was fortified with a wall, and had soldiers to fight their battles.

However, Joshua was a competent leader and even with two and one half million Israelites and their flocks and herds to cross the flooded river to enter their new land, two spies were sent secretly to check out the land, God used Rahab, a prostitute, to protect their spies, and a covenant was made to protect her family when the territory was invaded.

Prayer thought: If you do research, you may be surprised to find that Rehab was mother of Boaz, grandmother of Obed, great grandmother of Jesse, and great, great grandmother of David. I think It is interesting God can use all kinds of people in His work. If believers, we can rejoice: because while enemies, we were reconciled to God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus, since You made that possible, we thank You. Amen.


Doris Lisemby