Stay with me on this one for three days and I believe you will agree, this has been very helpful.
This morning we are not going to speak about one of the giants of the faith like Noah, Abraham, Moses, Gideon, David, Samuel or Paul. But we are going to focus our attention on a harlot who was used of God.
RAHAB harlot of Jericho who hid two Hebrew spies, helping them to escape, and who became an ancestor of David and Jesus Joshua 2:1-21; 6:17-25; Matthew 1:5.
Rahab’s house was on the city wall of Jericho. Rahab, who manufactured and dyed linen, secretly housed the two spies whom Joshua sent to explore Jericho and helped them escape by hiding them in stalks of flax on her roof Joshua 2:6.
Rahab sent the king’s messengers on a false trail, and then let the two spies down the outside wall by a rope through the window of her house Joshua 2:15.
When the Israelites captured Jericho, they spared the house with the scarlet cord in the window– a sign that a friend of God’s people lived within.
Rahab, therefore, along with her father, her mother, her brothers, and all her father’s household, was spared. Apparently she and her family were later brought into the nation of Israel.
Matthew refers to Rahab as the wife of Salmon Ruth 4:20-21; Matthew 1:4-5; Luke 3:32; Salma, 1 Chronicles 2:11.
Their son Boaz married Ruth and became the father of Obed, the grandfather of Jesse, and the great-grandfather of David. Thus, a Canaanite harlot became part of the lineage of King
David out of which the Messiah came Matthew 1:5, “Salmon the father of Boaz, whose mother was Rahab, Boaz the father of Obed, whose mother was Ruth, Obed the father of Jesse.”