Joshua sent two spies into the city of Jericho in preparation for the victorious battle which was won before it had been fought. This is where we see the story of redemption revealed through the life of a harlot named Rahab.
1. Israel’s testimony received.
Josh. 2:9-11 “And she (Rahab) said unto the men, I know that the LORD hath given you the land, and that your terror is fallen upon us, and that all the inhabitants of the land faint because of you. For we have heard how the LORD dried up the water of the Red sea for you, when ye came out of Egypt; and what ye did unto the two kings of the Amorites, that were on the other side Jordan, Sihon and Og, whom ye utterly destroyed. And as soon as we had heard these things, our hearts did melt, neither did there remain any more courage in any man, because of you: for the LORD your God, he is God in heaven above, and in earth beneath.”
2. God’s grace requested.
V12-13 “Now therefore, I pray you, swear unto me by the LORD, since I have shewed you kindness, that ye will also shew kindness unto my father's house, and give me a true token: And that ye will save alive my father, and my mother, and my brethren, and my sisters, and all that they have, and deliver our lives from death.”
3. God’s mercy revealed.
V14-15 “And the men answered her, Our life for yours, if ye utter not this our business. And it shall be, when the LORD hath given us the land, that we will deal kindly and truly with thee. Then she let them down by a cord through the window: for her house was upon the town wall, and she dwelt upon the wall.
V18, 19b “Behold, when we come into the land, thou shalt bind this line of scarlet thread in the window which thou didst let us down by: and thou shalt bring thy father, and thy mother, and thy brethren, and all thy father's household, home unto thee.
…and whosoever shall be with thee in the house, his blood shall be on our head, if any hand be upon him.”
4. Rehab’s faith reflected.
V21 “And she said, According unto your words, so be it. And she sent them away, and they departed: and she bound the scarlet line in the window.”
LESSON - Rahab is an example of how God longs to save ALL people from ALL walks of life. Even the greatest of sinners may experience spiritual deliverance if they will:
1. Consider the testimonies of lives impacted by the transformational power of God.
2. Believe in and request for God’s grace to be manifested in them.
3. Receive the mercy extended by God through His Son, Jesus Christ.
4. By faith, let their lives unashamedly reflect to others the scarlet blood of Christ.
-Rahab’s story should remind us that God can save anyone and that no one is beyond the grace of God to reach.