No one want to be identified with an Harlot but am sure the entire family of Rahab (an harlot in Jericho) will forever be proud of her. Why? Because she saved herself and her father's lineage when Jericho was destroyed.
It came to pass that the children of Israel has fought many battle for themselves and the Almighty God has fought so many battles for them. Their story has spread abroad, especially about the destruction of the Egyptians in the red sea (a battle fought and won by God Himself (Exodus 14:24-30)).
The people of Jericho also heard these stories and their hearts did melt at the thought of the Israelites "And as soon as we had heard these things, our hearts did melt, neither did there remain any more courage in any man, because of you: for the Lord your God, he is God in heaven above, and in earth beneath. (Joshua 2:11 KJV)"
Finally, two spies entered Jericho and they lodged in Rahab's place. She could have reported them to the authority but she decided to protect them. She knows they were serving a powerful living God and she knows that Jericho has already been taken. She decided to protect them and at the same time intercede on behalf of her lineage. Although she was an harlot, she knows there is a living God and she decided to show an act of kindness to the army of the living God (the spies), she pleaded with them "Now therefore, I pray you, swear unto me by the Lord, since I have shewed you kindness, that ye will also shew kindness unto my father's house, and give me a true token: (Joshua 2:12 KJV)"
The whole of Jericho was destroyed beyond repair but the family of Rahab was united with the family of the Living God (the isrealite). "And the city shall be accursed, even it, and all that are therein, to the Lord: only Rahab the harlot shall live, she and all that are with her in the house, because she hid the messengers that we sent. (Joshua 6:17 KJV)" Joshua 6:21-25
THE MORAL OF THE STORY:
1. There is always a turning point, You may not see the destruction that await the generations that stand against the Lord of host but no matter how sinful you are, your decision to stand for the lord (just like what Rahab did) could be the greatest turning point in your life
2. No matter how bad our lives might have been, no matter how rough we might have lived our lives, the moment we decide to look and cast all our hopes unto God, the heavens become happy. Our lives will be saved again and the lives of our entire family may be affected positively
3. The family of an Harlot finally became part of the members of the family of the living God (Joshua 6:25) and in Matthew 1:5, Jesus genealogy was traced to her. No matter how sinful you are, you can also become a registered member of the family of the living God. Your past life does not matter again once you join the family of the Living God.
4. Showing kindness to your neighbours and even to people that least deserve it means a lot to God. No wonder Jesus said "But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; (Matthew 5:44 KJV)"
5. Whenever yout pray, do not just pray for yourself, intercede on behalf of your loved ones too. An harlot, which might have been rejected by her family because she's an harlot (I wonder who want to associate his/herself with an harlot) was seen interceding for her family here (Joshua 2:12)
Ponder on all these and every other lessons you must have gotten from reading the story from your bible again.
Kindly share this with your friends.
Have a nice day.
God bless you.