Sexual Sin, Forgiveness, and Mercy
A prostitute is commended in the Bible. A woman, who sold herself for money, used men for monetary gain or succumbed to prostitution to survive and feed her family is described as righteous, courageous, faithful, and hospitable to God’s chosen. God will use anyone who seeks His face, His truth, and believes in His almighty power.
A harlot was used to save God’s elect.
“In preparation for the invasion, Joshua the son of Nun sent out two spies from Acacia Grove to Jericho. This was not an indication of lack of faith on his part; rather, it was a matter of military strategy. They were not to spy out the whole land, as had been done years earlier, but only to look ahead one step at time. The spies found shelter in the house of a harlot named Rahab. It is clear from the narrative that Rahab had heard of the marvelous victories which the Lord had given to the Jewish people. She concluded that their God must be the true God, and so she trusted in Him, becoming a true convert. She proved the reality of her faith protecting the spies, even thought it meant betraying her country.” (Believers Bible Commentary, William MacDonald)
Hiding the spies on top of the roof and sending city soldiers on a good chase, this harlot, determined to know the God of the Israelites, sacrificed her life and the Jewish men for freedom. When the Israelites came, marched around for seven days and the walls came tumbling down, one solitary, red, scarlet cord hung in the window of a home. We know this cord represents the Blood of the Lamb such as was on Passover in Egypt and our own homes protected by Christ’ blood, but this one cord reminds me of a single life given for many (Joshua 2:18).
Christ gave his precious blood on the cross for all mankind, but Rahab was willing to sacrifice her own for God. This “work” of faith has catapulted Rahab, a prostitute, to be listed among some of our great fathers of faith. Among those listed in Hebrews 11 are Abel, Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, David, Samson and Samuel; Rahab is the only woman listed by name for her faith due her hospitality to God’s people besides Jochebed the mother of Moses.
James encourages in his letter to have faith, but faith is complete by your works, for they are in harmony together. He reminds those reading of Rahab who was considered righteous for what she did when she gave lodging to the spies and sent them off in a different direction (James 2:22, 25). She was saved by her faith, for in Joshua 6:22-23, he commands the spies, “Go into the prostitute’s house and bring her out and all who belong to her, in accordance with your oath to her.’ So the men who had done the spying went in and brought out Rahab, her father and mother and brothers and all who belonged to her. They brought out her entire family and put them in a place outside the camp of Israel.”
If you are praying for your family, please do not give up. God is faithful, merciful and forgiving. He will not forget your prayers and faith in seeing your family saved through Christ Jesus. Rahab saved God’s family, the Lord responded in saving all of hers.
There is nothing in your past that can not be forgiven. Besides the apostasy, which is being saved by Christ, using the Holy Spirit, and the Lord’s merciful grace for your benefit and then denouncing Jesus as false (2 Timothy 4:1-5), your sins, these acts of ungodliness and transgressions can be forgiven. There is no place, no situation, no person, and no sin that Jesus can not lay His precious hand on and completely deliver, if the heart is willing.
If you have been saved by grace, as Rahab saved by God’s mercy, you are a new creation in Christ. Rahab, changed and immersing herself in the Jewish culture, is listed in the lineage of God’s son Jesus of Nazareth (Matthew 1:5). Rahab is the mother of Boaz and the great, great, grandmother of King David. Once accepting Christ into your heart, “our old self was crucified with Him so that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should not longer be slaves to sin, because anyone who has died has been freed from sin.” (Romans 6:6-7).
We are alive to Christ for as we may have been slaves to sin, we have been set free from sin and have become slaves of righteousness (Romans 6:11, 17, 18).
My sister in Christ, you are not Rahab anymore. You have been redeemed by the Blood of the Lamb, transformed by the renewing of your mind, a changed person conforming no longer to this world (Romans 12:2). Now is the time for change. Begin your journey removing the filthy rags of the world and dressing in Christ’s holy garments, renew your mind with daily Scripture and immerse your self in a church alive to the Spirit, worship and giving thanks to God. I believe He has called you out of darkness, into the light for a purpose. As Rahab came out of her house and was placed in safety, you come out of your darkness and God will place you in the shelter of the Most high and you will rest in the shadow of the Almighty (Psalm 91:1).
Whatever your old self, whatever the situation, give the Lord your life and go and tell! Bring women to the Kingdom with your testimony, these works of faith for the Lord will be rewarded in heaven and your heart will abound more and more in love each passing day. For the Lord Jesus of Nazareth said, “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again, it is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men. You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:13-16)
Pray the Prayer for Past Regrets on our Prayer for Every Circumstance Page. You can find the full teaching under our Resource Page, One a Day; 30 Days of Prayer with the Women of the Bible, Book 1