A knock came at the door. As Rahab hurried to opened it, a gust of wind blew over her face. Across from the prostitute, two men stood looking in. It wasn’t unusual for men to be at her house, after all she was a prostitute, but something was different about these men. They didn’t approach her or look at her as other men had in the past. They hadn’t come for lustful pleasure. There was kindness in their eyes. As Rahab invited them in, she didn’t realize that today was the day of her salvation. For God was about to take out His pen and write the name of a prostitute in the Lamb’s Book of Life.
What seemed to be an ordinary day in the ancient city of Jericho turned out to be a day that would affect not only Rahab, but the rest of the world and eternity. “By God’s sovereign design, Rahab’s heart was ready to believe in [Yahweh]” (Macarthur 57).
The woman who had entertained sin in her very own home now talked to the two Israelite spies about the Lord. On the roof of her house, she confessed to the men that, “The Lord your God is God in heaven above and on the earth below” (Joshua 2:11b).
What was once a woman locked in a stronghold of adultery and prostitution was now a woman who could say, “The Lord is the stronghold of my life” (Ps. 27:1). Rahab was unlike the people of Jericho, who knew about God’s impending judgment for the city yet for whatever reason remained complacent, and smug “in the security of their walled fortress” (Macarthur 88).
Instead Rahab turned to the Lord for help. We, like Rahab, must turn to God and seek deliverance. Joel 2:32 says, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” We can not remain comfortable in our strongholds of sin. We must cry out for His salvation. For this fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom (Psalm 111:10).
Rahab shows us that God came to save sinners. Mark 2:17 says, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. [Christ] did not come to call the righteous, but the sinners, to repentance” (NKJV). Turn to God, He will deliver you; just as He saved Rahab on that ancient morning.