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Joshua 2:1-24
Joshua 6:20-23
John 20:24-29
1 Peter 1:8-9

Rahab, the prostitute;
this is how I’m often known, and for a long time it was my whole identity.

Now, before you start judging me, let me assure you this isn’t something of which I’m proud. Trust me, it is not a way of life anyone chooses willingly. I was desperate, and I did what I had to in order to survive.

Even then, I barely survived. Entertaining men provided me with just enough money for food and lodging, but every day, my sense of worth and value eroded a little more. While I was physically close with many men – even some of the city officials – I felt completely alone and insignificant. I saw myself as someone hopeless and dirty; I was always used, but never loved. There seemed to be no hope my life would ever change.

I can’t remember when I first learned about the Israelites’ God, but my house formed part of the city wall, so I often heard the gossip from people arriving in Jericho. What I do remember clearly is that, from the beginning, I was captivated by what I heard about His awesome power.

I heard the Israelites’ God rescued them from slavery in Egypt. (Exodus 6:2-6) I also learned when the Egyptians then pursued the freed Israelites, He opened up the Red Sea, allowing them to walk through on dry ground! (Exodus 14:15-31)

I had never heard of a God like this! He sounded like He truly could do the impossible. How I wished I knew such a God Who could rescue me from my own impossible situation and lead me to freedom, too! 

As time passed, I gradually discovered more about the Israelites and their God. I learned He had led His people to victory over Sihon and Og, two kings who had opposed them (Numbers 21:21-35), and I could tell these reports were beginning to make the city officials very afraid. It was rumored the Israelites were heading in our direction now, and their God would be giving them our land.

When two men then arrived at my door, I could tell right away they were Israelites who had come to scout out the land. My survival instinct immediately kicked in.

Although I feared the city officials, and I knew the consequences would be severe if they discovered I was helping the Israelites, my fear of the Israelites’ God was greater. I had come to believe He was the true God, the Creator of the heavens and the earth. It made sense to be on His side. 

When the king’s men came to inquire about the scouts, I hid the Israelite spies on the roof under bundles of flax, and said the men had already left through the city gate. The king’s men didn’t even question my statement. 

I returned to the spies once the king’s men had left. Bargaining with men was easy for me, and I was eager to ensure my safety. After all, I had protected them; it was only fair they return the favour.

Fortunately, they were quick to agree. If I promised not to betray them, they would make sure my family and I were safe when Jericho was conquered. I then let them down on a rope through my window so they would be free to escape outside the city. Then, there was nothing for me to do but wait.

When the Israelites arrived in full force, everyone in Jericho was terrified. The city gates were tightly shut, and no one was allowed in or out. I wondered how the Israelites would conquer the city if they couldn’t even enter.

For six days, the Israelites marched around Jericho, blowing their horns. Then on the seventh day, they marched seven times. Finally, with a blast on the rams’ horns and a deafening shout, the walls of Jericho crumbled to the ground. The Israelites poured into the city.

I was awestruck. I had heard so much about their God’s power, and now I had witnessed it for myself. The walls had fallen, but my house remained standing. The spies rushed in to rescue us, as promised. My family and I were safe!

That day, everything changed for me. I was welcomed to live among the Israelites; their God became my God.

Not long after, I witnessed God redeem my story in the most wonderful way when I finally found true love with a kind, caring Jewish man named Salmon.

I am now no longer Rahab the prostitute, but Rahab the wife!
“An account of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the Son of David, the Son of Abraham: […] Salmon fathered Boaz by Rahab[.]” (Matthew 1:1, 5)

Fearful to Confident
a cardboard testimony from the author

I, Lesley, once was lost, too, but now I am found. As a child and a teenager, I was very quiet, always hesitant to speak up or to share my opinions. Public speaking assignments at school were my worst nightmare, and when the final assignment was over, I vowed never to go through such an ordeal again. 

However, as my faith in God began to grow, so did my desire to share Him with others, and I gradually began to speak up more and more. Now I regularly speak to groups of children and young people about Jesus, and I love it, something my teenage self never could have imagined!

The Lord truly can change us from fearful to confident, from rejected with a sense of feeling worthless to knowing we are worthy and wonderfully redeemed in Him! 

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