Heb 11:31 By faith the harlot Rahab perished not with them that believed not, when she had received the spies with peace.
The story of Rahab the harlot is found in Joshua 1:1-22 and Joshua 6:22-25.
A prostitute named Rahab, living in the city of Jericho, at the risk of her own life, had hidden two Israelite spies that had entered her city. Later in time, because of this act of faithfulness, she and her family were saved from death as the Israelites were given the victory over the army of Jericho.
How did the Israelites know which home contained the faithful lady who had previously hidden their spies? She had been instructed to place a line of scarlet cord in her window. This would designate to the Israelites that this home was to be protected from harm.
What great faith is shown on the part of this Gentile prostitute named Rahab! How could a Gentile prostitute, living in Jericho, come to see the need to trust in Jehovah? What knowledge gave her the courage to place her life in the Lord’s hands twice… once as she hid the spies and, then, a second time when she hung the scarlet line in her window? It was by her hearing what Jehovah had done on behalf of the Israelite nation, beginning with their deliverance from Egyptian captivity. (See Josh 2:8-11). Notice the last part of her statement to the spies… “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.”
As we face the many trials of life with a peaceful, confident, expectant attitude, others who see our composure are confronted with a testimony of the greatness of our Lord and their need of a close relationship with Him. As we remain faithful to our Lord during times of great stresses, we are telling the world around us that we have the indwelling presence and enabling of the Lord within us.
Those around us may not be receptive to our verbal testimony of their need of a Savior, but do not be discouraged…. Through the actions of our lives, we can show the lost around us His greatness and their need of a relationship with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
May the Lord bless each one of us as we “Think On These Things”.
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