Who is your favorite Bible character? Maybe it’s King David for his heroic story and book of Psalms. It might be Paul for his mind-blowing conversion and missionary journeys. Or maybe it’s Jesus himself because of his sacrifice for you. For Hope in the Morning’s Kevin, it’s something you would likely never expect. It’s a prostitute from Jericho named Rahab. Find out why in this blog, then she just might become your favorite, too.
The next logical question that Kevin receives when asked about his choice is “Why?!” Why would such an upstanding church leader and Christian radio host select a prostitute for his favorite Bible character? Kevin explains…
When Joshua sent two spies into Jericho to check out the situation inside, they hid in the house of Rahab. Her house was built into the wall of Jericho and was a strategically superior place to hide, except for one problem – the leaders of Jericho had seen the spies go in there. They told the evil king of Jericho about what they’d seen, and he said “go get those spies!” But when they arrived to kill God’s men, they couldn’t be found. Rahab had hidden them on the roof. The spies’ lives were spared and Rahab gave one of the greatest, most simplistic sermons about fear and faith I’ve ever heard. She said:
I love that clear, simplistic, statement of faith from this Jericho woman that we’d all probably avoid in everyday life. Now before some folks get rattled that I talked about a woman of ill repute so near the holidays, but there’s an amazing fact you might want to consider…
WHAT HAPPENED TO THIS BIBLE CHARACTER?
According to the biblical account, Rahab was not destroyed with the rest of the city of Jericho. She was adopted into the Hebrew nation because of her simple, child-like faith in God, and married a Hebrew man. Their son’s name was Boaz, the husband of a woman named Ruth. This makes Rahab the great great great great great great grandmother of none other than…
The Prince of Peace!
No Rahab, no Jesus.
God loved Rahab. He didn’t love this Bible character because of her profession, but because of her profession of faith! She’s even mentioned in Hebrews 11, the “Heroes of Faith chapter.” She risked her life for that faith with the leaders of Jericho, and Rahab is in heaven with her grandson and Savior, Jesus, today!
WHO’S YOUR FAVORITE BIBLE CHARACTER?
Is yours a common answer? Or maybe one that might offend the perfect, the pristine and the plastic like Kevin’s pick. Tell us in the comments!