God saves the hooker and makes her the 30x great grandmother of Jesus Christ.

And Joshua spared Rahab the harlot, her father’s household, and all that she had. So she dwells in Israel to this day, because she hid the messengers whom Joshua sent to spy out Jericho.  Joshua 6:25

This is remarkable. If you follow the whole story about Rahab you will see that she hid certain spies that were sent out from Joshua to spy out the city of Jericho.  She lived in a house built into the city wall, and after she hid the spies from her own people, she let them down through a window that they might escape.  As they leave she asks the spies to have mercy on her and her family and to spare them when they attack the city. The spies agree and tell her to tie a scarlet thread on the window and they would spare her, but if the scarlet thread was not in the window then her blood was upon her own head.

When the Israelites invade the city of Jericho, they level the entire city. Everyone was to be destroyed, because the people were exceedingly evil (with the pinnacle of that evil being the live burning of their children as sacrifices to their idols.)  Only one family was spared, and that happened to be the hooker’s family.

Look how amazing God’s grace is.  Notice that the bible doesn‘t say, “And he spared Rahab because she cleaned up her act,” or  “he spared Rahab because she fasted and prayed and repented of her harlotries,” or “God spared her because she promised to change and do better.”  No! She was saved because she heard about the Lord and asked for mercy.

If you read the whole story about Rahab, you will find that the entire city was in fear because of the Israelites. They had heard of how they destroyed the kings as they were passing through the wilderness and they had heard how the Lord split the Red Sea. They heard how the Lord also split the Jordan River so the children of Israel could cross into the land.

Rahab hears about these things. She demonstrates her faith when she risks her life to hide the spies and send them away safely.

I imagine that she was out looking for business when she sees the spies in the city, sticking out like a sore thumb.  Their cover is blown so she quickly invites them into her house, while others report them to the authorities.  When the authorities arrive, seeking the men, she hides them on the roof under some flax.  After fooling the authorities she proceeds to ask for mercy, saying, “please remember the kindness I showed to you.”  And kindness was extended to her.

But what’s especially remarkable is how God demonstrates His grace in the midst of His wrath.  Although a people is being destroyed because of their wickedness, he saves a lowly hooker and her family, a foreigner. This hooker then becomes part of the Israelite family and marries a guy named Salmon. They have a kid named Boaz, who has a kid named Obed, who has a kid named Jesse, who has a kid named David. David becomes the king of Israel and it is his name we hear when it is said, “Jesus Christ the son of David.”  So when you do the math (Mt. 1) Rahab comes out being about the 30x Great Grandmother of Jesus Christ!

This shows me that God can take any person, from any place, from any background, and from whatever past they may have and turn them into someone that has purpose and importance.  Amen!