- Rahab = Canaanite prostitute = completely opposite of righteous
- Rahab had both faith + actions
- faith in the one true God =>saved because of her faith
- Her faith = real because resulted in good works
- Faith = cause of actions.
- => true faith included in royal line of Christ, being David’s great, great grandmother (Matt 1:5).
No matter whether Jew or Gentile, the principle of combining faith with works is important for all. It is a requirement to show that a true faith in God is outworked through actions that glorify Him.
2:25. Likewise, was not Rahab the harlot also justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out another way? – James now gives another example of this justifying of faith through works, by using an Old Testament example from a non-Jewish background.
If Abraham was the one who would have been considered righteous in man’s eyes then Rahab would have been completely the opposite.
Rahab was a Canaanite prostitute who lived in a house that formed part of the wall at Jericho. Joshua’s two spies lodged with her and she protected them by hiding them in her roof when the King’s soldiers pursued the spies. She knew that Jericho was about to be overtaken by the Israelites and so she asked for protection for herself and her family.
Rahab had both faith and actions. She had faith in the one true God. “The Lord your God…
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