Matthew 1:5 – “…and Salmon the father of Boaz by Rahab, and Boaz the father of Obed by Ruth, and Obed the father of Jesse…”
When we begin reading the New Testament, we learn that it begins with the genealogy of Jesus in Matthew 1:1-16. This genealogy starts with Abraham. In this list of ancestors, many are surprised to see the name of Rahab.
Most of us identify her as “Rahab the harlot.” But few may know that she was also a Canaanite. The Canaanites were who scorned enemies of Israel. Being a harlot and an enemy of Israel, it is difficult to comprehend how her name lands in the list of ancestors of our Lord Jesus.
Because she was a prostitute, it was easy for people not to doubt her as they would usually see strangers come and go at night. Despite this, how come her name is on the list?
This is because she was counted in as a woman of faith.
Hebrews 11:31 – “By faith Rahab the prostitute did not perish with those who were disobedient, because she had given a friendly welcome to the spies.”
To many people, Jesus seems too good to be true. This is why we find him connected to big churches, stained glass, a wonderful choir, keyboards and pipe organs, ritualistic prayers, and all the rest.
This genealogy is in the Bible to let us know that he had a past like yours and mine. He came to call the sinners unto repentance and save that which was lost.
Matthew 9:11 – And when the Pharisees saw this, they said to his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?”
Matthew 9:13 – “Go and learn what this means, ‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice.’ For I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.”
Luke 19:10 – “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save that which is lost.”
The very same grace that Rahab received is now freely available to you. I invite you in Jesus’ name to come and be forgiven. He called all those who are thirsty to come and drink of Him.
John 7:37 – On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink.
He’s already called you. The next step is up to you.
(Scripture reference: Joshua 2, Joshua 6.)