By: Ely Lagajino
By faith the harlot Rahab did not perish with those who [a]did not believe, when she had received the spies with peace. Hebrews 11:31(NKJV)
Before Jericho’s fall, Joshua warned the soldiers not to take anything from the city to avoid a curse. He ordered to destroy and burn everything, but those couldn’t be destroyed by fire like gold, silver, brass, and the iron vessels should be kept for tabernacle use.
As soon as Jericho’s walls collapsed, Israelite soldiers seized the city and destroyed everything as Joshua commanded except Rahab and her family.
Rahab was a beautiful young lady who faithfully worshipped their goddess Ashtoreth, which led her into prostitution. She landed as a hotel landlady and entertainer that catered to the needs of foreign merchants.
However, she became an admirer of Israel’s God, when she learned about the dividing of the Red Sea. Rahab monitored Israel’s movements. News of the capturing of five Median and two Amorite kings and the miraculous dividing of the Jordan River developed her strong faith in God (Hebrew 11:31).
When the Holy Spirit led the spies sent by Joshua into Rehab’s inn, she identified them as Israelites because of the way they talked and dressed. When the king’s informers found out that the foreigners were spies, they rushed to Rahab’s hotel to capture them, but she hid the spies at top her roof.
Later Rahab confessed to the spies that she is a believer of their living God, the only truth she knew at that time. She asked a favor to save her family during the takeover. They told her to tie a scarlet ribbon on her window, and stay on home quarantine until they arrived.