Mission Impossible, two spies commissioned by Joshua, mission to scout out the land around Jericho.
These men set out and came to the house of a harlot, Rahab, this is where they were to spend the night. The king of Jericho sent word looking for the two men. Rahab hid the two men ensuring their safety and sent the men sent by the King to look for the men elsewhere.
Rahab had heard about the God of Israel and the miracles that had occurred when Moses brought the Israelites out of Egypt. She said I know God has given you the land. She asked that the men be kind to her and her family when God gave them the land. The men said, “When we come into the land you must display the scarlet rope in the window and have all of your family in the house.”
Rahab had faith in a God she had not met personally and she placed her trust doing what they told her to do.
The scarlet cord was a life-line to God. Ann Voskamp writes, “Advent gives away the Truth–we’re all wishing for a lifeline.” Rahab finds faith. Her name is written in the hall of faith in Hebrews 11:31
“Great faith is the greatest equalizer, the greatest eraser, and the greatest definer.” Ann Voskamp.
Rahab had a bad reputation, she was known as a prostitute. She believed. Her sins were forgiven.
Father God, you use broken people. Your love heals us.