I’ve always been intrigued by the story of Rahab. We knew who Rahab was before we even knew her name. She's introduced to us as the harlot, Rahab. How many times do we label someone by their sin and not their name? That's why this story is so beautiful. It's full of faith and redemption. Yes, there was probably plenty of people who were more “suitable” for this position in God’s plan but none of them would have compared to this story. God chose her. He saw her and knew her faith would be great. I’m sure when she woke up that morning she didn’t plan to have two spies stay at her house, to lie to the king’s servants, to risk her life and her family’s life for two absolute strangers.
One of my favorite things about this story is that she knew God was behind this entire thing. She had never experienced the same miracles and blessings that the Isrealites had, she had only heard of them. Listen to what she says to the spies in Joshua 2:11 ..and as soon as we heard it, our hearts melted, and there was no spirit left in any man because of you, for the Lord your God, he is God in the heavens above and on the earth beneath.
He is God. She knew who her Savior was. The moment that she opened that door her life would be changed. She showed her obedience and confidence, not only in the spies but with God, by placing that scarlet thread in the window (Joshua 2:21). She would no longer be the harlot of the story but a huge part in the lineage of King David (Matthew 1:5). Because of her actions she wove a thread throughout the Bible that would tie into the bigger scheme of things.
By faith Rahab the prostitute did not perish with those who were disobedient..
You see that a person is justified by works and not by faith alone. And in the same way was not also Rahab the prostitute justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out by another way?
This step of faith was only the beginning for Rahab. She’s the perfect example of letting your faith outshine your past. The scarlet thread saved her that day. It redeemed her. Quite similar to the blood of Jesus that redeemed our own sins and still does today. When God asks of something from you, how will you respond? Will you step out in faith? Will you change the course of your life? Will you without a doubt simply know that He is God? Remember Rahab most certainly was fearful but she knew this God she had heard so much about would be with her and would sustain her and He will do the same for you.