Nothing Too Dirty

The spies found lodging in a brothal with a prostitute named Rahab and this woman-of-the-evening became an ancestor of Jesus. 

This is the most incredible story of a prostitute.  

Moses dies and Joshua takes the lead.  It’s time to cross the Jordan River and enter the Promised Land (named so because God had “Promised” Abraham, Issac & Jacob and all their descendants this Land).  Joshua sends two spies over before he carries 2 million across the Jordan and into this land. 

The spies would naturally go to a house such as hers in Jericho, because they could do so without attracting much attention. They probably met her outside the city, because of her profession.  rahab

Rahab took them in and hid them. The men of Jericho heard that spies had come in and hearing that she mighty be involved, they came looking for them. She hid them under straw on her roof. And when the soldiers had gone she sent the spies west. She told them, “don’t go back to the river, they’ll be looking for you there. Go further west into the hills and stay there for three days; then go back.”

She saved their lives. 

Why did she do it?  Because she said, I believe in your God.  He’s going to give you this land. And I want to be on your side. 

That’s faith. . . Incredible faith. 

One result is that she is held up in the New Testament by two writers as a wonderful example of faith. Not a good woman but a woman of great faith. 

God can do more with a bad woman whose got faith than a good woman who doesn’t have faith.   (We ought not forget that.)


Here was this prostitute. She hide the spies and saved their lives. Remembering the Passover, they told her to hang something scarlet out of your window and we won’t touch it, we’ll pass over your house. (Interesting isn’t it!)

So, she hung something that looked like blood out her window. A scarlet cord. 09261fcbcbbe96856fc92f1dee211290

Her house was the only one that didn’t fall when the walls of Jericho came tumbling down. 

Rahab remains as an example of a woman who, because of her faith, was not only pardoned but was raised to a position of honor. Rahab was admitted among the people of God. She married into one of the tribes and found a prominent place in Gods history of salvation as the great-grandmother of David in the lineage leading to Christ. 

There is nothing too dirty that God can’t make worthy.


 

Natalie Grant’s – Clean (lyrics)  

I see shattered
You see whole
I see broken
But You see beautiful
And You’re helping me to believe
You’re restoring me piece by piece

There’s nothing too dirty that You can’t make worthy
You wash me in mercy
I am clean.
There’s nothing too dirty that You can’t make worthy
You wash me in mercy
I am clean.

What was dead now lives again
My heart’s beating, beating inside my chest
Oh I’m coming alive with joy and destiny
Cause You’re restoring me piece by piece

There’s nothing too dirty that You can’t make worthy
You wash me in mercy
I am clean.
There’s nothing too dirty that You can’t make worthy
You wash me in mercy
I am clean.

Washed in the blood of Your sacrifice
Your blood flowed red and made me white
My dirty rags are purified
I am clean.


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cindy16Cindy Willingham is a landscape designer, small group leader, avid encourager, and sinner saved by grace who is nine years new to Birmingham, Alabama. Her sweet husband of 37 years, two married children and four grand-kiddos fill her life with unbelievable fun and sweet snuggles. She thinks God is awesome and that the best adventure starts with saying yes to that still, small voice. ~ Click here to read Cindy’s BoP Bio.

 

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