I want to open my talk about Rahab with a scripture. The spies have come to Rahab in Jericho. In Joshua 2:9-12, Rahab says to the spy, “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. ‘Now then, please swear to me by the Lord that you will show kindness to my family, because I have shown kindness to you. Give me a sure sign.’”
It’s an amazing the sovereignty of God that led the spies to Rahab’s brothel. Eight times in scripture she is called a harlot. That’s what she was. That was her testimony. When you look at Rahab’s geneaology, Rahab was the mother of Boaz; the great grandmother of Jesse; and the great, great grandmother of David. God brought her right out of brothel. She was a Canaanite woman from a people who were hostile to the Jews. And God included Rahab in the genealogy of Jesus Christ!
Rahab showed great hope in God and in the Israelites as they were coming to destroy Jericho. Can you imagine how that must have inspired the two spies? They went right back to Joshua and said that whole city of Jericho was ready to be taken. In the midst of this dramatic event in Israel’s history, Rahab is brought onto the stage as a heroine of faith. In the book of Hebrews there’s only one of two women mentioned in the faith chapter, chapter 11. The other woman of faith mentioned is Sarah.
Rahab is considered a great woman of faith for daring to believe God in an uncertain situation. But she had great hope in the God, a confident expectation in the goodness of God. She believed and received so much more than she expected. God poured out his blessings on her life and on her entire family line. He blessed her in ways she didn’t even imagine possible. But that’s our God! He is in the business of blessing people. When we hope in Him, he has abundant blessings ready to pour out upon us. When hope in the Lord as Rahab did, we will see His incredible blessings on us and upon our children for generations.