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Rahab, a harlot who got saved - it's never too late to come back to Jesus

Find out more at Joshua 2:1-21 and Joshua 6:17-25

It’s never too late to come back to Jesus – as long as you do it before he returns to this earth by which time your chance will be long gone.

Let’s look at the story of Rahab and how she was saved and became part of the genealogy of Jesus. Rahab was a harlot, a prostitute who lived in Jericho. Joshua (who took the lead after the death of Moses) sent two of his men to Jericho to check out the military and defences of Jericho before they attacked the city.

The two men stayed with Rahab, however, the King and his men soon heard that the two men had arrived and knew what they were up to and where they had found shelter but when they went to Rahab’s house, she told them that they had left through the city gates and should be pursued which in turn, saved the men’s lives.

Now Rahab had a choice here – she could have taken the easy option and handed them over to the King and they would have been executed and she would have carried on - business as usual. Or she could provide cover for them, and possibly be executed herself if she was found out. However, she had heard all the stories about the God of Israel and believed in the Lord so she decided to put herself at risk by hiding Joshua’s men on the roof where she had some flax stalks drying. If she had been found out, there is no doubt she and her whole family would have been executed. This is what Rahab told Joshua's men;

And as soon as we heard these things, our hearts melted; neither did there remain any more courage in anyone because of you, for the Lord your God, He is God in heaven above and on earth beneath. Joshua 2:11

In return for saving the men, Rahab asked that her and her family be saved when Joshua and his army came to destroy Jericho. They told her to place a scarlet ribbon in her window and that any of her family who were with her in her house when Jericho was attacked would be saved. In the end, when Jericho was attacked and defeated, Rahab was indeed saved, got married and had her own family and became part of the genealogy of Jesus Christ.

Now the city shall be doomed by the Lord to destruction, it and all who are in it. Only Rahab the harlot shall live, she and all who are with her in the house, because she hid the messengers that we sent. Joshua 6:17

This is a shortened version so I would refer you to the bible scripture above. The main message here is that whatever the depth of your sins, however far you are away from faith, if you repent and come back to Jesus, you will be forgiven. I urge you not to leave it a moment longer – come back to Jesus today.

Feel free to share your thoughts. May your day be blessed with love and peace.

© Leap of Faith 2023


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