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Before the men fell asleep, [Rahab] went up on the roof and said to them, “I know that the Lord has given you this land and that the terror of you has fallen on us, and everyone who lives in the land is panicking because of you. For we have heard how the Lord dried up the water of the Red Sea before you when you came out of Egypt, and what you did to Sihon and Og, the two Amorite kings you completely destroyed across the Jordan. When we heard this, we lost heart, and everyone’s courage failed because of you, for the Lord your God is God in heaven above and on earth below. Now please swear to me by the Lord that you will also show kindness to my father’s family, because I showed kindness to you. Give me a sure sign that you will spare the lives of my father, mother, brothers, sisters, and all who belong to them, and save us from death.” The men answered her, “We will give our lives for yours. If you don’t report our mission, we will show kindness and faithfulness to you when the Lord gives us the land.”
All but one mention of Rahab’s name in Scripture includes the title “the prostitute.” What a way to be remembered! However, the mention of Rahab’s former way of life is not used as a judgment of her character, but rather a reminder of the way God redeemed her life. She’d been living a life of desperation and sin, but she’d also heard about a powerful God leading the Israelites through the desert — and she wanted to know more. Though she was from a pagan, Canaanite city, she feared God when she heard of all of the miracles He performed for...
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