It seems strange that a harlot would rescue Israelite scouts. That the brazen woman’s outlandish save secured her a place in the lineage of the King of Kings is remarkable.
A few years ago, I read this book called, Pearl in the Sand by Tessa Afshar. A fictional account of the story of Rahab and the spies, Afshar brought out a lot of points I never thought about. After I read it I don’t think I’ve ever thought of Rahab quite the same.
Rahab obviously had her ear to the ground when it concerned the Israelites. The bible brings out that she had heard of Israel’s exploits and their God. She smartly hides the spies when the King of Jericho hears they’re in town.
Astutely, she begs them to save her. Israel keeps it’s word and spares her entire family from the edict that everyone in Jericho must dies.
What saved her? A red thread.
It was a repeat. A repeat that harkened back to the saving of Israel from the last Egyptian plague where the blood of the Lamb is smeared on the doorpost.
As I type out these words I see the beauty in them. The story overlaps. The twist and turns that bring it back to the one Lamb. No wonder Rahab and her clandestine rescue and her red thread make it into the lineage of Christ. ❤