This morning I read this. It is Rahab the prostitute speaking with the Israeli spies.
“I know the Lord has given you this land,” she told them. “We are all afraid of you. Everyone in the land is living in terror. For we have heard how the Lord made a dry path for you through the Red Sea when you left Egypt. And we know what you did to Sihon and Og, the two Amorite kings east of the Jordan River, whose people you completely destroyed. No wonder our hearts have melted in fear! No one has the courage to fight after hearing such things. For the Lord your God is the supreme God of the heavens above and the earth below.
Joshua 2:9-11 –
I believe in and serve a ancient God. He is the lord God of the heavens above and the earth below. He is also a God of compassion and forgiveness.
People with a past can have a future because God uses broken people. Rahab the prostitute became part of the human lineage of Jesus. Rahab believed in God and God used her in his plan to provide a savior for the world.
An excerpt of Jesus’ lineage from the book of Matthew:
“Salmon was the father of Boaz (whose mother was Rahab). Boaz was the father of Obed (whose mother was Ruth). Obed was the father of Jesse.”
Matthew 1:5 –
Jesse is King David’s Father.
God can use broken people, people like me and people like you.