“Prompted by faith, Rahab the prostitute was not destroyed along with those who refused to believe and obey (the king), because she had received the spies in peace.” Hebrews 11:31
Wow! Here in Hebrews 11, the Hall of Faith, a prostitute is named along with all the other heroes of faith. How can that be? Even our heroes of faith were sinners just like Rahab. Noah was a drunkard, Jacob was a lier and deceiver, Moses was a murderer, David was a murderer and adulterer, and the list can go on. We are all sinners, saved by the grace of a loving God when we turn from our sin to Him.
The story in Joshua 2 tells of two spies going to Jericho to check out the kingdom and they lodged at the house of the harlot Rahab. She hid them from the king for he was looking to kill them. She helped them escape the king and told them – “I know that the Lord your God is mighty and has done many great things, He is God in heaven above and on earth beneath. Since I have shown you kindness, when you come to destroy the city please spare me and my family.” The spies agreed, and told her to bind a rope of scarlet to her window so that the other Israelites would know it when they came into the city. The scarlet chord is symbolic of Jesus’ blood shed for us to save us from eternal death.
Because she believed in the Lord God it was counted to her and though she was a sinner, as we all are, she is listed in the Hall of Faith.