And Salmon the father of Boaz by Rahab, and Boaz the father of Obed by Ruth, and Obed the father of Jesse (Matt. 1:5 ESV)
Matthew 1 gives us the Genealogy of Jesus through Joseph from Abraham through the generations to Joseph and then Jesus. Women were often not included in the genealogies such as the one in Matthew 1. In some circumstances, the Lord mentions the women whenever there was an unusual circumstance around the events of that woman’s life. An example is given to us above. Rehab, the prostitute, is listed in the genealogy of Jesus. In case you missed what that means— the Lord is saying Rehab, a prostitute, was a great, great grandmother of Jesus.
Joshua 6:25 tells us after the capture of Jericho because Rehab hid the spies, her life was spared and she lived with her family in Israel. Then Boaz found his God-given wife and happily took her! Our God is a God of another chance. He allowed a prostitute to be part of His human genealogy. He cares about the vilest amongst people, and He will give them yet another chance in life.
Please note that prostitution was Rahab’s past. She was not a prostitute when she joined the camp of Israel. In fact, Rehab was a married woman in Israel, who had children and ran her home so well that King David was one of her great-grandchildren. If any man be in Christ, he or she is a new creation. Rehab was willing to give up her past when she saw the light. She did not remain in prostitution and then claimed the God of another chance. She was able to forget those things that are behind and pressing forward to those things that are ahead. How thankful we are that there is hope for us in God! Rahab is teaching us that with God, there is always another chance. Don’t stay where you are. Move toward Him!
God gave Rehab a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity in life, and she seized it. What would have happened if Rehab continued prostitution in Israel?
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One of the most profound lessons I learned from the Lord was the ability to rely on and trust in Him even when I fail. He is a God of another chance. When you blow out something, the key is not to stay there and mourn. Get up, wipe the dust from your head and run towards Him. He is the God of another chance. The Christmas story reminds us through the life of Rahab that our God is genuinely mercy and gracious.
Praise the Lord for His wonderful love and kindness that allows embraces us even when we return as prodigal sons and daughters.