Hebrews 11: By faith the walls of Jericho fell, after the army had marched around them for seven days. 31 By faith the prostitute Rahab, because she welcomed the spies, was not killed with those who were disobedient.
Today, people like to search their genealogies. If you have someone important in your ancestry, like a king or president or famous general, it makes you proud. But what if you could name a famous prostitute was one of your ancestors? Rahab in mentioned by Matthew in the ancestry of Jesus. Here, she is included among the heroes of faith.
Why would you point out someone like Rahab? I think it is important for the same reason that Paul called himself the “chief of sinners.” We are righteous by faith and grace and not by our merits. So what Rahab WAS is not so important as what she BECAME by faith in the promise. Credit the spies for telling her about the God of Israel, the God of the promise. She believed and she changed sides and hid the spies so that Israel would win the day.
I love this definition of grace that I read somewhere. In the Bible God says, “There is nothing you have done which can make me love you less, and there is nothing you can do to make me love you more.” It’s all by grace and through faith. We are righteous by faith alone. Prayer: Thank you, Father, for not measuring me based on my merits, because then I would certainly be destroyed altogether. I know that I am your dear child by grace and through faith in Jesus alone. Help me to live today and every day with a gracious heart that measures my neighbor with the same grace with which you have measured me. Amen.