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31 By faith [pistis] the harlot [porne] Rahab [Rhaab] perished [sunapollumi] not [ou] with them that believed not [apeitheo], when she had received [dechomai] the spies [kataskopos] with [meta] peace [eirene]. KJV-Interlinear
31 By faith Rahab the harlot did not perish along with those who were disobedient, after she had welcomed the spies in peace. NASB
Rahab was a prostitute to say the least. She entertained men for money. I presume that I don't have to describe this type of activity. She was a sinner for sure.
Back then and even in our current day, she would have been frowned upon by other 'more respectable' folks. Certainly no one would have given her an invitation to their home or to social events. But as far as prostitutes go, she would have worked the streets picking up anyone with money to spend for her sexual favors.
So why was Rahab spared when the walls of Jericho came tumbling down? And why was everyone else killed?
The Israelites had a standing order from God. 'Kill everything living.' Why?
The Canaanite's were an evil people. They were degenerate. They practiced human sacrifices. They placed their infant children in jars and put the jars in the city walls to make a sacrifice to their gods to receive a blessing for their fortifications for safety and protection from their enemies.
As a part of the curse placed on the descendants of Ham, the Canaanite's were a doomed people. Not because God simply did not like them, but because they first rejected God and pursued their degeneracy to the maximum.
16 Then in the fourth generation they shall return here, for the iniquity of the Amorite is not yet complete. NASB
11 And when we heard it, our hearts melted and no courage remained in any man any longer because of you; for the LORD your God, He is God in heaven above and on earth beneath. NASB
They knew of the God of the Hebrews, the one true God, but as the inhabitants tried to capture the spies which Joshua sent into the city, Rahab knew that they had to be protected. She helped the spies and for that help she received the promise of deliverance for herself and her family.
When the walls of Jericho came down around the entire city all at once, you can imagine the chaos which must have followed.
Those standing on the walls would be dead or severely injured. The dust cloud would be thick and spreading all around. Several hundred thousand Israelites would be rushing in and killing anyone left alive. The fires that were started would be spreading and the smoke would be thick and filling up the skies. There would be shouting and screaming and terror all around.
Rahab could have easily been caught up in all of the mayhem. But she and her family were spared.
Not only that, but her name appears in the genealogy of Jesus Christ. She became the mother of Boaz, who married Ruth, the great-great-grandmother of David, Matt. 1:5.
Rahab was spared because of her faith. Her past life style was irrelevant. Her past sins were irrelevant. Her culture, her race, her skin color, the location of her home, the style of clothing that she wore were all irrelevant. She heard of the God of Israel and she believed in Him. The rest of the inhabitants of the land had heard of the God of the Israelites, and they were afraid, but instead of believing, they prepared to fight Him.
Rahab and her family were delivered while everyone else died.
Rahab was delivered because she changed her life around, not based on moral values, but based on faith and the Word of God. Bible doctrine in the soul will shape the proper values within your life. Morals do not produce faith.
The inhabitants of Jericho pursued their former values which were degenerate, sinful to the maximum, and evil. All rejection of God will eventually lead to extreme corruption and evil. The destiny of all evil is total destruction. The only way to preserve life and freedom is to destroy the enemies of life and freedom.
That was Gods command, and that was what the Israelites did to Jericho. Of a city of many tens of thousands of inhabitants, only Rahab and her family survived. Everyone had the opportunity to be saved, but for those who reject God, for those who reject Gods Word, misery and doom and extreme loss become their destiny.
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Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.