She is known as Rahab the prostitute or, in some versions of the bible, Rahab the harlot.
She became famous and saved her life and her family by helping Israel spies. The bible speaks incredulously of her faith given her job description,
“In the same way, was not even Rahab the prostitute considered righteous for what she did when she gave lodging to the spies and sent them off in a different direction?”
James 2:25 NIV
“By faith the prostitute Rahab, because she welcomed the spies, was not killed with those who were disobedient.”
Hebrews 11:31 NIV
Her whole exciting tale of faith is found in Joshua 2-6.
It would be easy for her story to end there. She and her family are safe. She could be only known as Rahab the prostitute who acted in faith and remained close to but outside the Israelite community.
“So the young men who had done the spying went in and brought out Rahab, her father and mother, her brothers and sisters and all who belonged to her. They brought out her entire family and put them in a place outside the camp of Israel.”
The end? Nope!
There follows a marriage and a son who becomes a part of one of the greatest love stories in the bible and ancestor of King David and King Jesus.
“Salmon the father of Boaz, whose mother was Rahab, Boaz the father of Obed, whose mother was Ruth…”
Matthew 1:5 NIV.
Who did she marry? Was Salmon one of the spies? We don’t know.
We do know that her son Boaz was extremely kind and generous to his employees and to a foreign woman named Ruth who later became his wife.
Rahab the prostitute to Rahab the mother. A good mother judging by her son’s character.
There is something in my heart that leaps with this title change. This extra blessing and legacy. All she wanted was for her life to be spared but God had so much more for her.
I carry titles from the past.
Melody the shy girl, Melody the rape victim, Melody the mental health patient, Melody the 29 year old unemployed and living with her parents.
I remember when I started feeling better. I was just happy to be alive. Happy to teach on call and receive disability payments. But God had so much more.
Our Creator loves to surprise us with his love when we come to Him.
Hope through life challenges.
A new name and destiny.
Don’t limit yourself to past titles. Learn from Rahab the Mama and receive all that God has for you.