Editor’s Letter

March 2015 - Editor's Letter
by Lori Hatcher

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March 2015 - Editor's Letter

Prostitutes make me uncomfortable. Even the thought of prostitution makes me uncomfortable. I don’t think I’ve ever met a prostitute (although I can’t say for sure), sat next to one at dinner, or attended church with one. But God used a prostitute recently to shame me. Her name was Rahab.

As prostitutes go, Rahab is pretty famous. You’ll remember her from the early chapters of the book of Joshua. As the Israelites prepared for their conquest of the land of Canaan, Joshua and his troops had their sights trained on the walled city of Jericho. God had already promised to give them victory, but Joshua, wise general that he was, decided to send two spies in to scope out the city.

Because they knew strangers visiting the resident prostitute would be less likely to attract the townspeople’s notice, the spies met at Rahab’s house for reconnaissance. Now Rahab was scrappy and street-smart. She’d heard the reports of how God had parted the Jordan River to allow the Israelites to cross. She’d heard decades-old stories of how God had drowned the entire Egyptian army in the Red Sea and freed the Hebrews from slavery. It didn’t take a pencil with a very long lead to help Rahab connect the dots and deduce that Jericho was Israel’s next target. And she was smart enough to realize which side of the fight she wanted to be on.

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