By faith the prostitute Rahab, because she welcomed the spies, was not killed with those who were disobedient. Hebrews 11:31
Listed with all those greats of the faith is a prostitute named Rahab. There were a number of strikes against her. She was a prostitute, she was a pagan — a Canaanite — and she was a woman. Strike three. But that didn’t matter. She had faith. She had heard how God was with the children of Israel — how they had been freed from Pharaoh through a series of miracles including crossing the Red Sea, and they had already had military success on this side, and word was getting out that they were to be feared. Certainly their God was more real than her gods who had done nothing for her. So she had put faith in God and hid the two spies that had entered Jericho. For that she and her family were spared when the walls of her city fell down.
If you want to speculate, given her profession, how those two spies had ended up in Rahab’s house, you may. Because it doesn’t matter. That’s because God uses us regardless.
We could never have left the story here. If we had told this story, we would have had to tell how the spies had led Rahab to the Lord and she had given up prostitution and married a good Christian man and had become a great witness for Christ. But we don’t hear anything about that here. We only hear about her faith. That’s because her faith is what matters, not her happy ending. And the point about her faith is that it had driven her to action. She DID SOMETHING with her faith just as all the other heroes of Hebrews 11 did.
She put her life in danger because the authorities had heard the spies were in her house and came searching for them. Of course she lied about how they had already left. (That part of the story wouldn’t go over well with good Christians either.) But in the process, the spies found out how fear of them had gripped the whole city. And when they returned, that knowledge had lifted the spirits of the Israelites and given them new confidence that God was with them.
Faith is all about action. You don’t have faith so that you can be a good Christian and go to heaven. You have faith in order for God to accomplish something for the kingdom of God through you. What is it that God has asked you to do with your faith? If you can’t answer that question, you’re not listening.
Complete the following:
By faith, _______________ (your name) _________________ (your assignment).