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House of Shame to Hall of Fame // Joshua 2:1-24
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Rahab Notes
1. Identity
- Rahab is a woman mentioned in the Old Testament, specifically in the Book of Joshua (Joshua 2:1-24; Joshua 6:17, 22-25).
- She is identified as a resident of Jericho, a Canaanite city located in the Promised Land.

2. Occupation
- Rahab is described as a prostitute (Joshua 2:1), which was likely her profession at the time of her encounter with the Israelite spies.

3. Interaction with Israelite Spies
- Rahab's story begins when two Israelite spies are sent by Joshua to scout the city of Jericho before the Israelite conquest of Canaan.
- Rahab shelters the spies and hides them on the roof of her house, thereby risking her life to protect them from the king of Jericho's men.
- She acknowledges the supremacy of the Israelite God and expresses faith in His power to deliver Jericho into the hands of the Israelites.

4. Covenant and Salvation
- Rahab strikes a deal with the Israelite spies, requesting protection for herself and her family in exchange for her assistance in hiding them.
- The spies agree to Rahab's terms, on the condition that she ties a scarlet cord in the window of her house, ensuring that she and her household would be spared when Jericho falls (Joshua 2:18-21).
- Rahab's faith and actions result in her inclusion in the lineage of Jesus Christ (Matthew 1:5), highlighting the significance of her redemption.

5. Redemption and Transformation
- Rahab's story exemplifies the transformative power of faith and grace. Despite her background and profession, she is honored for her faith and obedience.
- Rahab's decision to align herself with the Israelites and their God leads to her salvation and eventual integration into the community of God's people.
- Her story serves as a testament to God's mercy and willingness to extend salvation to all who repent and turn to Him in faith.

6. Symbolism and Significance
- Rahab's inclusion in the biblical narrative highlights God's impartiality and His desire for the salvation of all people, regardless of their background or ethnicity.
- She serves as an example of faith and righteousness in the midst of a pagan society, demonstrating that God's grace extends beyond cultural and societal boundaries.
- Rahab's scarlet cord has been interpreted as a symbol of redemption and foreshadowing of the blood of Jesus Christ, which provides salvation for all who believe.

7. Legacy
- Rahab's faith and actions are commemorated in the New Testament as an example of justification by faith (Hebrews 11:31) and the power of works that flow from genuine faith (James 2:25).
- She is remembered as one of the heroes of faith in the biblical narrative, celebrated for her courage, faith, and role in God's redemption plan.