By: Lisa Wilmore
Scripture Reading: …And they utterly destroyed all that was in the city, both man and woman, young and old, and ox, and sheep, and donkey, with the edge of the sword. But Joshua had said unto the two men that had spied out the country, Go into the harlot’s house, and bring out thence the woman, and all that she hath, as ye sware unto her. And the young men that were spies went in, and brought out Rahab, and her father, and her mother, and her brethren, and all that she had; and they brought out all her kindred, and left them without the camp of Israel… And Joshua saved Rahab the harlot alive, and her father’s household, and all that she had; and she dwelleth in Israel even unto this day; because she hid the messengers, which Joshua sent to spy out Jericho (Joshua 6:21-23,25).
My Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ (Ephesians 1:2).
In the past and current age, society as well as church goers do not accept women who use their bodies to obtain money or any other means. Essentially, succumbing to a lifestyle of harlotry is probably one of the most degrading acts of individuals as well as those who are associated with her, and possibly him. Of course, individuals may look down upon those who have chosen this type of lifestyle. Furthermore, they may think that their attitudes toward these persons are warranted and accepted by God.
As born again christians, we must never discount or look down upon those persons who we believe cannot be used by God. In fact, we witness throughout the Bible that God uses persons He chooses, regardless of their backgrounds, statuses, scholarly abilities, credentials, etc. Rahab, who is mentioned in or Scripture reading, was used by God. God had a plan for her. Ultimately, the Bible reveals that she is in the lineage of Jesus Christ (Matthew 1:5).
Although the battle of Jericho has been read, studied, and shared by many, I was captivated by the saving of Rehab the harlot. God delivered her from a bad situation. Previously in scripture, she hid the Israelite spies when they were sent to examine “strengths and weaknesses” of Jericho during the pre-planning of its destruction by God (Joshua 2). Although Rahab engaged in sinful acts, God positioned her for purpose to be used to help the Israelite spies. During Jericho’s destruction, Joshua and his men destroyed humankind except Rahab, her family, and all that she had. God delivered her out of a bad situation. “Thank God for our deliverance of bad situations!”