Did God ignore the lie of Rahab?

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The story of the lie of Rahab is found in Joshua 2. Rahab a harlot in Jericho received and concealed the two Israelite spies. And when the king of Jericho asked Rahab for the spies’ whereabouts, she had to choose between her country and her conscience. But with whatever light she did have she made the dangerous decision to cast her lot with God’s people. She displayed great faith and courage when she risked her own life to save God’s people.

Rahab said a series of lies in order to save the lives of the spies. Is this justifiable? Rahab was faced with what seemed to her a choice between a greater and a lesser evil: to share in the responsibility of the death of two men whom she believed to be messengers of God, or to tell a lie and save them. To a Christian a lie can never be justified, but to a person like Rahab the light of the truth came gradually.

God winked at Rahab’s ignorance. Rehab grew in a pagan country with very limited knowledge of our righteous God.  But God looks on the heart.  And the Bible says in Acts 17:30 “And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent.”  God holds us accountable for willful sins “For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins” (Hebrews 10:26).

Rahab ultimately repented.  She married Salmon and the two of them had a boy named Boaz who was the father of Obed who was the father of Jesse who was the father of king David. And she became one of the great great great great grandmothers of Jesus. To her was granted the honor of becoming a progenitor of Christ  (Matt. 1:5).

In His service,
BibleAsk Team


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