“By faith the harlot Rahab perished not with them that believed not, when she had received the spies with peace.”
She let the spies down the wall by a cord to save their lives, and then a scarlet thread in that same window saved her and her family.
“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.”
She was saved by faith.
“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.”
Imagine what she must have felt as she heard the people shout after their seventh time around the city. She could have been fearful, but instead she had peace.
“And it came to pass at the seventh time, when the priests blew with the trumpets, Joshua said unto the people, Shout; for the LORD hath given you the city. And the city shall be accursed, even it, and all that are therein, to the LORD: only Rahab the harlot shall live, she and all that are with her in the house, because she hid the messengers that we sent.”
She was saved for a purpose.
She was the mother of Boaz, who became the kinsman redeemer of Ruth.
She was the grandmother of Obed, their son.
She was the great-grandmother of Jesse, the father of King David.
Twenty-eight generations later, Jesus Christ was born in their lineage.
Her great faith preserved her family so that the King of Kings could be born through her lineage many years later.
Rahab also serves as an example that faith in what we consider small things leads to God doing great things in and through us.
Jeremiah 15-16 | John 14 | Psalm 26
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