Harlot


Jericho's Walls

Jericho's Walls

Joshua 2:1 Now Joshua the son of Nun sent out two men from Acacia Grove to spy secretly, saying, “Go, view the land, especially Jericho.” So they went, and came to the house of a harlot named Rahab, and lodged there.

For years, even back in the day that I was in college, there has always been a question whether Rahab was really a harlot or an inn keeper. See, in the Hebrew language the word used for “harlot” could mean either harlot or inn keeper.

So, let’s allow the Word to answer the question for us. In Hebrews 11:31 she is called a harlot. In the Greek language the word that is used here only has one definition – harlot.

Why is this so important? There is a greater understanding of God’s call and grace when we know these two things:

  • The saving of Rahab’s life is another picture of how God brings salvation to us.
  • Although she had been a harlot she is found in the genealogy of Jesus, David’s great-grandmother.

Feel free to share a comment or insight.

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