Of all the people featured in Jesus's genealogy, there are a few names that raise eyebrows. One of them is Rahab.
Rahab doesn't come with a grand introduction in the book of Joshua. The first time we hear of her in Joshua Chapter 2, we see that she is titled Rahab the prostitute. Not something anyone would be proud of. Stranger still, the spies used her home to hide from the soldiers of Jericho.
...So they went and entered the house of a prostitute named Rahab and stayed there. Joshua 2:1
Prostitution was considered abominable in the Israelite camp. The law of God was vehement against any kind of adultery or fornication. It is interesting that when the children of God decided to scope out the first city of the promised land. It was a harlot who granted them safe passage.
It is common for us to look at Rahab's faults and shortcomings. The Bible goes on to show what the Lord saw in Rahab. She was a citizen of Jericho, but she was still aware of what the Lord of the Israelites was doing on the other side of the Jordan.
Not only was she following the breaking news of what the Israelites were doing across their journey in the wilderness. She understood that they were mighty not because of military excellence but because they followed a Mighty God and it was this God that was delivering their enemies into their hands.
Before the spies lay down for the night, she went up on the roof and said to them, “I know that the Lord has given you this land and that a great fear of you has fallen on us, so that all who live in this country are melting in fear because of you. Joshua 2:8,9
Rahab understood that it was Jericho's destiny to fall into the hands of the Israelites. She decided to side with the Israelites and their God to protect herself and her family. It was a gutsy move but desperate times require desperate measures.
What we should learn from the life of Rahab is that we should learn to understand what the Lord is doing at this moment. We must be in tune with His Spirit. We must be willing to stake our lives on faith that He will deliver us when the time comes.
By faith the prostitute Rahab, because she welcomed the spies, was not killed with those who were disobedient. Hebrews 11:31
It might look like our past is too dark for us to overcome, but if we believe, the blood of Jesus can wash away our sins and give us a new family tree.