Call her a lady of the evening, if you like, or a streetwalker. Yet the Bible calls Rahab worthy, listing her among the faithful in Hebrews 11.
We meet our unlikely heroine when Joshua dispatched two spies to check out Jericho. Arriving in town, they "entered the house of a prostitute named Rahab and stayed there" ().
Unfortunately, Joshua's men were spotted. The king of Jericho sent a message to Rahab: "Bring out the men who came to you" (). Instead, Rahab hid the men and told the king's soldiers the spies had left town.
A Brave Profession
Rahab then made a beeline for the roof, where the spies were spending the night, and proclaimed, "I know that the Lord has given this land to you" ().
The citizens of Jericho had heard about the power of the Israelites' Godhis parting the Red Sea and destroying neighboring kingdoms. "When we heard of it," Rahab confessed, "our hearts melted and everyone's courage failed because of you" ().
If Rahab's honesty didn't win the spies' trust, surely her next words did: "For the Lord your God is God in heaven above and on the earth below" ().
You heard the woman: "God is God!" A genuine profession of faith, just as the apostle Paul described centuries later: "For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved" ().
Rahab asked these men to spare her family from certain death. The men assured her, "Our lives for your lives!" ().1