Before the men lay down, she came up to them on the roof and said to the men, “I know that the Lord has given you the land, and that the fear of you has fallen upon us, and that all the inhabitants of the land melt away before you.” (Joshua 2:8–9, ESV)

Rahab is one of the most enigmatic characters in the Scriptures.  How did she know that the Lord had given Israel the land?  Why didn’t anyone else in Jericho know this?  Why did she take such a great risk in hiding the spies?  We don’t really know the answers to any of these questions.

What we do know is that God used a harlot to protect his spies and that God also had a plan to save a harlot and her family out from underneath the rubble of Jericho.  Indeed, this Rahab would end up in the line of Jesus! [We think]  Who would have predicted that?

What can we take away from Rahab’s story?

  1. Never count anyone out of the number of the redeemed.  God’s thoughts are not our thoughts, and just when we start assuming whom God has called to faith and whom he has not called to faith, he upends our assumptions.
  2. Harlots sometimes figure prominently in the story that God is writing.  This doesn’t seem to bother God, though it does bother us.
  3. God’s plan of redemption often includes unlikely, unexpected people. Exhibit A: Rahab. Exhibit B: Me.  Exhibit C: You, dear reader (we hope).