Joshua 2:2 And it was told to the king of Jericho, “Behold, men of Israel have come here tonight to search out the land.” 3 Then the king of Jericho sent to Rahab, saying, “Bring out the men who have come to you, who entered your house, for they have come to search out all the land.” 4 But the woman had taken the two men and hidden them. And she said, “True, the men came to me, but I did not know where they were from. 5 And when the gate was about to be closed at dark, the men went out. I do not know where the men went. Pursue them quickly, for you will overtake them.” 6 But she had brought them up to the roof and hid them with the stalks of flax that she had laid in order on the roof. 7 So the men pursued after them on the way to the Jordan as far as the fords. And the gate was shut as soon as the pursuers had gone out. ESV
Many people struggle with Rahab’s lying and rightly so. The Bible is very clear concerning how God feels about liars.
Pr. 12:22 “Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord”
Jn 8:44 “The devil is a liar and father of it”
Rev 21:8 “But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.”
Make no mistake about it, Rahab lied and lying is sin. God never told her to lie and she didn’t need to lie in order to do His will. Rahab did what she did all on her own.
“Why then did she lie?” someone might ask. We must not forget who she had been and where she was coming from. Rahab hadn’t been raised in Sunday School and church like many of us. She had been raised in a godless culture. There was much that she still needed to learn about the one true God and His perfect ways.
Though God doesn’t condone our sinning, I believe that He takes into consideration who we are and where we’re coming from. Currently I am reading a book entitled – “What’s So Amazing About Grace?” by author Philip Yancey. Though I’ve had this book for several years, I’ve never taken the time to read it. As I make my way through the chapters, I am reminded that grace is God’s favor given to those who don’t deserve it. The Bible says – “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.” (Eph 2:8-9 ESV) Though we may not be a tax collector, a harlot, or even a liar for that matter – we must never forget that we are all just sinners saved by grace.
Rahab was once a very sinful woman; yet the Bible doesn’t focus upon her failures, but rather her ‘faith’. The Bible says – “By faith Rahab the prostitute did not perish with those who were disobedient, because she had given a friendly welcome to the spies.” (Heb 11:31 ESV)
“Grace, grace, God’s grace; grace that will pardon and cleanse within.
Grace, grace, God’s grace; grace that is greater than all our sin.”
(Julia H. Johnston)