Jeremiah 39:17-18 But I will rescue you on that day, declares the Lord; you will not be given into the hands of those you fear. I will save you; you will not fall by the sword but will escape with your life, because you trust in me, declares the Lord.’”
Rahab the harlot is one among the women mentioned in Jesus’ genealogy. She is known as prostitute who hid the two Israelite spies’ when they sent by Joshua to look over the land of Jericho. She risked her life by lying to her own people thus saving the lives of the spies.
Ebed- melech the Cushite is one of the officials in King Zedekiah’s palace. He went to King Zedekiah to plead for prophet Jeremiah’s safety. He is the one who saved Jeremiah from Jeremiah’s own people. He, who is not an Israelite, risked himself to save an Israelite. And because of what he did, God spared him when the Chaldean came to take over Jerusalem.
God’s grace is more than enough to cover our sins and He can use and bless anyone. His grace covered and changed Rahab, a harlot who then was changed and became one of Jesus’ ancestors. Rahab was also among the faith warriors whose name mentioned in the Book of Hebrew. She heard about the God of Israel and she believed in Him even before she herself came to know God personally. God also chose Ebed-melech the Cushite to save Jeremiah’s life from the Israelites and Ebed-melech was saved because he put his trust in God.
There is more than enough mercy and grace that flows from His throne if you chose to believe in Him. Even if you consider yourselves not as His chosen people, He can still use you in His plan when you choose to put your trust in Him. His mercy and grace is freely offered and given to you through Christ’s death and resurrection. Are you willing to trust in Him and surrender your all to Him? Rahab and Ebed-melech had tasted His grace and faithfulness; let our names be mentioned as those who put their trust in the living God as well.
- Jenni Wang