By faith the harlot Rahab perished not with them that believed not, when she had received the spies with peace.
We read about this woman of great faith in Hebrews 11:31 and in the book of Joshua chapter three.
Rahab was a wicked woman who lived in a wicked city, the city of Jericho. Spies from the armies of Godís people came to the city. God had ordered His people to conquer the city because of their sin. The people of the city were afraid when they learned that God would punish their city because of sin. They knew God was great and powerful and that they didnít stand a chance against Him.
Rahab told the spies all of this. She said, "I know that the LORD has given you this land." Rahab was afraid too, but Rahabís fear was different. Her fear made her run to God instead of running away. Rahab knew she could not escape punishment for her sins and so she asked for mercy. God hears the cry for mercy. Rahab turned from her wickedness to trust in the Lord God her Saviour. Because of her faith the spies promised to spare her household when they conquered the city. All Rahab had to do was hang a scarlet red thread or rope from her window. When the armies of the Israelites saw the red thread, they spared Rahab and her family.
That red rope reminds us of the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ that was poured out for us for the forgiveness of our sins. When we put our trust in Him alone for salvation God, will have mercy and show kindness to us and will spare us from the punishment of sin forever.
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. Ephesians 2:8-9
Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house. Acts 16:31
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