#4641 – By Faith Rahab

Good morning people who don’t dictate to God who He can use for His glory

Hebrews 11:31 NIV By faith the prostitute Rahab, because she welcomed the spies, was not killed with those who were disobedient.

If you want a scripture that assaults your sense of decency and your narrow view of who God chooses to use, this one will do it for you!

So, why did God use a prostitute in His plan to save His people? Why is she mentioned in the genealogy of the Messiah? And why does the writer of Hebrews refer to her act of faith?

Did she use to be a prostitute, or was she still a prostitute when she helped the spies escape?

Did you know that Rahab became the mother of Boaz, who was Ruth’s kinsman-redeemer (a prophetic picture of Jesus)?

Did you know that Rahab was the great-great-grandmother of king David?

Yes she acknowledged the following:

Joshua 2:11b NIV …for the Lord your God is God in heaven above and on the earth below.

But in context, this seems to be more a comment about the Israelite’s God (“your God”) that she made due to the stories she had heard.

So, what does God want us to see today in this verse?

As I ask Him, I simply hear Him point me to the truth that He can use anyone He chooses to be part of His plan on earth. I don’t have to agree, I don’t have to understand, but I do have to let God be God.