Salmon fathered Boaz by Rahab, Boaz fathered Obed by Ruth, Obed fathered Jesse…
This is one of the most inspirational passages of scripture. Did you catch it? Rahab is included in the genealogy of Jesus of Nazareth, the sinless Messiah. Rahab. Yes, that Rahab. She was a prostitute in Jericho when Joshua led the Israelites to capture the city.
No matter a person’s religious or moral persuasions, it is pretty safe to say that most people would agree prostitution is morally wrong. Prostitution may be the world’s oldest profession, but it is an indication, both for the prostitute and the “customer” of a callous and unrepentant attitude toward sexual morality. It’s not just a one-time indiscretion. A harlot doesn’t just enter into a scandalous affair for a short term. Prostitution was Rahab’s occupation.
And yet her name is included in the genealogy of the Messiah. Rahab is forever remembered as a prostitute. But she is also forever remembered as the great, great grandmother of King David, a man after God’s own heart.