Matthew 1:5 NKJV — Salmon begot Boaz by Rahab, Boaz begot Obed by Ruth, Obed begot Jesse,
This is the lineage of Jesus.
And in this one verse is such incredible redemption.
Salmon’s wife, mentioned by name, was not born a Jew.
She wasn’t raised to honor God Almighty, the Creator.
A childhood of idolatry brought her an adulthood marked with sin, she was a harlot.
Joshua 2:1 KJV — And Joshua the son of Nun sent out of Shittim two men to spy secretly, saying, Go view the land, even Jericho. And they went, and came into an harlot’s house, named Rahab, and lodged there.
Yet, she chose to be a friend of God’s children and in return her life became brand new.
She went from worshipping idols to worshipping the One true God.
She went from selling herself, to be a wife and mother.
She went from a future of annihilation, to being saved.
Joshua 6:25 KJV — And Joshua saved Rahab the harlot alive, and her father’s household, and all that she had; and she dwelleth in Israel even unto this day; because she hid the messengers, which Joshua sent to spy out Jericho.
As if these things were not enough, she became a member of the lineage of Jesus Christ.
God doesn’t allow His children to choose to live in sin without consequences.
Yet, He is merciful and full of forgiveness for the lost heart who seeks to be cleansed from sin.
The past doesn’t have to chain any life into sinful destructive behavior.
Through Christ Jesus, any life can be redeemed, if they believe and call on the name of the Lord Jesus.
Romans 3:23-25 NKJV — for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed,
Romans 10:9 KJV — That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
Rehab’s life was redeemed by God.
And so has mine.
What an incredible God He is!
Jonah 4:2b NKJV — “…for I know that You are a gracious and merciful God, slow to anger and abundant in lovingkindness, One who relents from doing harm.”
Psalm 117:2 KJV — For his merciful kindness is great toward us: and the truth of the LORD endureth for ever. Praise ye the LORD.
Psalm 103:8 KJV — The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy.
Nahum 1:3 NKJV — The LORD is slow to anger and great in power, And will not at all acquit the wicked. The LORD has His way In the whirlwind and in the storm, And the clouds are the dust of His feet.
Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You so much for all Your salvation! What an incredible thing to know that You are full of mercy and You want to redeem us. Your truth is life and the answer to all we need. Lord, help those who have yet to call on Your name and believe in Your gift of salvation to see the truth and turn to You. Lord, please do not allow those called by Your name to deceive themselves into thinking they can choose sin and still follow You. Instead, Lord, please help us to be quick to allow Your Word and Your Holy Spirit to convict us of sin, that we might walk in Your ways. Lord, shine Your light into our hearts and minds that we might reflect You. Thank You, Jesus. Amen.