Before the spies went to sleep that night, Rahab went up on the roof to talk with them. “I know the LORD has given you this land,” she told them. “We are all afraid of you. Everyone in the land is living in terror. For we have heard how the LORD made a dry path for you through the Red Sea when you left Egypt. And we know what you did to Sihon and Og, the two Amorite kings east of the Jordan River, whose people you completely destroyed. No wonder our hearts have melted in fear! No one has the courage to fight after hearing such things. For the LORD your God is the supreme God of the heavens above and the earth below. “Now swear to me by the LORD that you will be kind to me and my family since I have helped you. Give me some guarantee that when Jericho is conquered, you will let me live, along with my father and mother, my brothers and sisters, and all their families.” “We offer our own lives as a guarantee for your safety,” the men agreed. “If you don’t betray us, we will keep our promise and be kind to you when the LORD gives us the land.” (Joshua 2:8-14 NLT)
In the account of the Scripture, it was revealed that Rahab was a prostitute from the idolatry background of the Canaanites. Although the profession of prostitution is considered a shameful job in the society, but Rahab was widely known and popular in this classless and lowlife profession of prostitution in the city of Jericho. This was probably because many men in the city were patronizing her in her infamous shameful business. The unholy business interactions of Rahab with her customers provided her with the up-to-date information about the day-to-day thought of the men of Jericho concerning their fear of Israel.
Rahab possessed an enlightened heart and spirit. She could add two plus two and get figurative and calculative perfect answers. Perhaps she extensively thought about the fear of the people of Jericho and asked herself, “If the God of Israelites that had defeated the greater and stronger kingdoms of Amorites, is leading Israelites against Jericho, “What can I do to prevent sudden destruction of myself and my family as a result of this war?” She must have said to herself, “There should be a way out.” Then a thought emanated from her heart, and asked herself, “By the way, what is the mission of these Israelites spies in my home?” She now saw an opportunity she could explore to save herself and her family.
The common saying of our time states that, “If you cannot beat them, join them.” She thoughtfully considered this saying positively and decided on the possibility of cutting a deal of salvation with the spies that were hiding in her house. She approached the spies and spoke with them. She eventually entered into a covenant of physical salvation for her and her family saying. “Give me some guarantee that when Jericho is conquered, you will let me live, along with my father and mother, my brothers and sisters, and all their families.” The spies agreed to the deal saying, “We offer our own lives as a guarantee for your safety,” the men agreed. “If you don’t betray us, we will keep our promise and be kind to you when the LORD gives us the land.” The covenant was honored by the two parties. “… Joshua said to the two spies, “Keep your promise. Go to the prostitute’s house and bring her out, along with all her family.” The men who had been spies went in and brought out Rahab, her father, mother, brothers, and all the other relatives who were with her. They moved her whole family to a safe place near the camp of Israel.” (Joshua 6:22-23) That was how Rahab plugged herself to the natural branch of the people of God.
Rahab, the prostitute, did not realize the importance and impact of her decision that led to the deliverance of herself and her family. This decision of Rahab although physical in nature, but it is a way that God is speaking to mankind that He does not discriminate against any sinner who is ready to cut a deal of salvation with Him and plug himself or herself to the covenant of mercy of God. The Penitent sinner on the cross, cut this sweet deal with our Lord Jesus Christ. “He said, unto Jesus, “Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom. And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, Today shalt thou be with me in paradise.” (Luke 23:42-43)
The precious deal of Rahab did not end only in the salvation of herself and her family. Little did she knew that this deal would make her as the heroine in the Bible as God used her to save herself and her family. “By faith the harlot Rahab perished not with them that believed not, when she had received the spies with peace.” (Hebrews 11:31) Further, this sweet deal of salvation plugged her into the genealogy of Jesus Christ as His earthly great, great grandmother. “Salmon was the father of Boaz (whose mother was Rahab).
Ruth was a Moabite, when she lost her husband, and in her right attitude within, she did not yield to persuasion go back to her people in Moab. She chose to follow her mother-in-law, Naomi, to Bethlehem. Even in her mourning and sorrowful state of mind, she persuasively said to her mother in-law, “Intreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God: Where thou diest, will I die, and there will I be buried: the LORD do so to me, and more also, if ought but death part thee and me.” (Ruth 1:16-17) By this decision, Ruth rejected to go back to the idolatry background of Moab and she followed God of Israel to Bethlehem. You know the rest of the story. Boaz was the father of Obed (whose mother was Ruth). Obed was the father of Jesse.” (Matthew 1:5 NLT)
Both Rahab and Ruth made a deal of salvation in their decision making and their thoughtfulness made them become heroes in the Scripture. Mercy of God located the penitent thief and prevailed in his life when Christ said, “Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise” (Luke 23:43) Like Rahab, Ruth and the Penitent thief, please think deeply and exhibit a thoughtfulness that will lead to a sweet and righteous deal of salvation with Christ today. Move away from the camp of ungodly and worldliness and come over to the blessed side of Christ. His arm of mercy will receive you and enfold you and you will be glad that you do this deal.
Prayer: Merciful Father, I come to you this day as I am, acknowledging all my sins and shortcomings, presenting no excuse before you, but plainly and sincerely asking for your mercy and forgiveness. Heavenly Father, receive me unto Yourself, let the atoning blood of Your Son redeem me, oh Lord. Please save me from the looming destruction of Hell fire, in Jesus name, Amen.