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Hebrews 11:31
Thursday, July 11 2013

The Faith of Rahab...

The faith of Rahab teaches us that even habitual sinners can be saved:

By faith Rahab the harlot did not perish with the disobedient, for she had received the spies in peace.  -Hebrews 11:31, NAB

In Joshua 2, we learn that Rahab hid and protected the two men sent by Joshua into Jericho.  She risked her life for men - spies, no less - she had never met before.  But why did she protect them?

Stories of the crossing of the Red Sea had made their way to Jericho, and Rahab tells the two men in Joshua 2: 8-14 that she knew the Lord was protecting them.  She had faith that the Lord had sent them to Jericho for a reason - knowing it was better to help them than stand in their way.

For that act of faith, the two men promised to protect her in return, and we find out in Joshua 6: 22-23,25 that Rahab and her entire family were spared from the fate of Jericho.

As a harlot, Rahab was a sinner who some may feel was not worthy of being saved.  Nothing from her life up until that point showed otherwise, but this one single act of faith by Rahab was enough for God to spare her.

Sometimes, that's all it takes.  We may have a sorted past of sins and mistakes.  We may have veered far from the course that God wants us to take.  But one act of faith may be the key to getting us back on the right track again.  It is never too late.

Do not let the regrets of a sinful life stop you from changing your course.  It is never too late to turn your heart over to God, regardless of what mistakes you have made.  We have a loving, forgiving God that would be overjoyed to see you come home again.

 

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