JOSHUA 2:1 Now Joshua the son of Nun sent out two men from Acacia Grove to spy secretly, saying, “Go, view the land, especially Jericho.” So they went, and came to the house of a harlot named Rahab, and lodged there. (NKJV)
HEBREWS 11:31 By faith the harlot Rahab did not perish with those who did not believe, when she had received the spies with peace. (NKJV)
There are few people whom we remember not by their names but by their professions like the postman, the milkman, the newspaper-boy, the doctor…etc. Some people have professions of value like the doctor and would like to be remembered as ‘doctor so and so’. But, what about those who don’t have a valuable profession or in some cases have a shameful profession.
The Bible talks about one such lady, Rahab. A great majority of the all the Biblical verses which talks about Rahab also mentions her profession, a prostitute. This prostitute Rahab finds place in the Hall of Fame – “Heroes of Faith” and yet, even there she is mentioned as Rahab the prostitute. Have we ever thought – Why is Rahab called ‘Rahab the prostitute’ even in Hebrews? Why is she still known by her shameful and sinful past profession even after she was redeemed, found place in the covenant community, became the ancestor of David and even Lord Jesus, and even after been commended for her faith in Hebrews?
I believe that Rahab is still addressed as Rahab the prostitute to serve us a reminder about the grace of God. It serves us as a strong reminder that no matter how shameful and degrading our past is, God’s grace can cover it. No matter how deep we stoop down into the dirt, God’s grace can clean it. No matter how deep the pit we fall into, the light of God’s grace can shine over us even in that pit. Let me remind us today that there is nothing that can limit the grace of God in our lives; there is nothing too far and too deep for the redeeming grace of God.