Beautiful By Grace

Rahab: Made Beautiful By Grace

The Bible is full of incredible stories of men and women who devoted their life to God, and God’s grace and mercy on those people. Perhaps one of the most remarkable, however, is the story of Rahab. Rahab’s tale contains everything a good story should; adventure, faith, and a touch of romance. But more importantly, it really happened, and can have a lasting impact on our lives today. Rahab was a prostitute, a harlot, she lived a life of sin and immorality. She was raised in Jericho, a wicked city, which stood in the way of the Israelites getting to the Promised Land. Two hebrew spies were sent into Jericho to search it, and they found refuge in Rahab’s home. Rahab, a woman known for her sinful life, risked her life to hide the spies from her own people. She hid the two men on her roof, and then covered for them while they escaped. Why did she do this? Because she had heard of God’s great works, and feared him greatly. In Joshua 2:8-11 it says, “Before the spies lay down for the night, she went up on the roof and said to them, “I know that the Lord has given you this land and that a great fear of you has fallen on us, so that all who live in this country are melting in fear because of you. We have heard how the Lord dried up the water of the Red Sea for you when you came out of Egypt, and what you did to Sihon and Og, the two kings of the Amorites east of the Jordan, whom you completely destroyed.  When we heard of it, our hearts melted in fear and everyone’s courage failed because of you, for the Lord your God is God in heaven above and on the earth below.” She knew that God was powerful and that he was going to destroy the city, so she begged for mercy in return for her protection and help. She even asked that her entire family, her mother, her father, her brothers and sisters, be protected as well. They agreed, and promised that she would be treated kindly, because she had obeyed the Lord and protected them. She then helped them sneak out of the house, by climbing out of the window using a red rope. They told her to hang the rope in her window, and no harm would come to anyone in her house. She agreed, and when Jericho was conquered, Rahab and her family remained safe within her house. But Rahab’s story didn’t end there, she later married Salmon, one of the spies she had helped. Isn’t that romantic? Salmon was the chief man of the tribe of Judah. Their son was Boaz, and her great-great grandson was King David, who the line of Jesus came from. Isn’t God’s grace amazing? Rahab was a prostitute, the lowest of low, and yet God used her in an incredible way. She helped save two hebrew spies, and later married one of them. She became the great-great grandmother of one of the most famous kings of all time. Her story is truly remarkable. But what can we learn from it? Ultimately it was Rahab’s fear of the Lord that led her to help the spies. When we fear the Lord and serve him with our lives he does the most incredible work. He changes us and makes us pure through his grace. If you think about it that’s really what Rahab’s story is, a story of grace. God took the life of woman who had lived in sin, who was dirty and corrupt, and made her into something truly beautiful. A woman of faith, who is now remembered as a woman of great courage and bravery. Are you willing to give your life up to the Lord and let him do something wonderful with it? ~Ally

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