A Harlot Ancestor of Jesus Christ
Who would have thought a descendant of Ham in one of the oldest professions known to man, prostitution, would have been saluted as the great great great ...(28 times great) grandmother of one born of a virgin? Rahab was an outcast of society for her scarlet sin, but God wove this black woman into the lineage of Jesus Christ using a scarlet thread. In biblical terms, this woman was known as a harlot. In contemporary language, Rahab would be called a whore, prostitute, hooker, or call girl. But God had other plans for this woman of color.
A little history is needed before Rahab’s introduction. A dark-skinned Hebrew baby born to a Jewish slave was found floating down the Nile river by an African princess of Egypt. The Jewish baby was so dark that the African princess knew she could pass him off as the grandson of the most powerful king in Africa, the same Pharaoh who’d ordered the death of every Jewish male infant. This courageous princess gave the babe the African name Moses. After he became a man, Moses left Egypt, married an Ethiopian woman, then returned to Africa to deliver his Jewish people out of bondage. Moses led his people through the Red Sea into Asia, in search of the Promised Land. After the Israelites crossed the Red Sea leaving Africa, they were only eleven days from the land of Canaan that God had promised to Abraham and his descendents. However, because of their fear and lack of faith, the Israelis spent 40 years wandering in the wilderness, surrounded by tribes of black people such as the Hittites, Jebusites, Philistines, and Hivites. Then God told Moses to come up into a mountain because it was time for Moses to die. (Deut. 31:14)
Moses kissed his black wife and half-Ethiopian sons goodbye for the last time. He ordained a Hebrew named Joshua as his successor who would usher the Hebrew nation into the Land of Promise. Forty years earlier, Joshua and his companion Caleb had traveled to this land of the Canaanites as spies for Moses. (Num. 13:16-15:1) During that expedition they found food that was unlike any other on the face of the earth. They returned with one cluster of grapes so heavy they had to carry it between them, dangling from a pole. Due to the nutritious food raised on land so fertile, it was dubbed “the land of milk and honey.” The black inhabitants of Canaan, this Promised Land, were a strong healthy people.
As the Israelites entered their fortieth year in the wilderness, Joshua took charge and led the Israelis into the land of the Canaanites. Recall the Canaanites were Ham’s descendents through his cursed son Canaan. God wanted the Canaanites off of this land they had defiled with incest, bestiality, homosexuality, and prostitution. (Lev. 20) The Jews received stern warnings that if they reverted to these practices the land would also spew them out. (Lev. 18:28) Here are the instructions Jehovah God gave the Israelis before he gave them Canaan’s land.
“Ye shall therefore keep all my statutes, and all my judgments, and do them: that the land whither I bring you to dwell therein, spue you not out. And ye shall not walk in the manners of the nation, which I cast out before you: for they committed all these things, and therefore I abhorred them. But I have said unto you, Ye shall inherit their land, and I will give it unto you to possess it, a land that floweth with milk and honey: I am the LORD your God, which have separated you from other people.” (Lev. 20:22-24)
God took this land from Canaan’s descendants (black people) and promised it to Abraham.
When God told Joshua to take the children of Israel into the Promised Land, they came to the Canaanite city of Jericho. Joshua selected two men to “spy out the land” and bring back a report on the status of the land and its inhabitants.
“Joshua the son of Nun sent out of Shittim two men to spy secretly, saying, Go view the land, even Jericho. And they went, and came into a harlot’s house, named Rahab, and lodged there.” (Joshua 2:1)
The number one objective of a spy is to blend in to complete the mission without having his cover blown. Let’s say that Sweden wanted to spy on the Ethiopians. Would the Swedes send a traditional blonde, blue eyed Swede to Ethiopia to spy on them? No. They would send someone with features similar to those of the inhabitants of that region. Since Joshua, 40 years earlier, had seen what Canaanites looked like, he would have selected two men who would have blended in with the Canaanite people of Jericho. Since Jews and Ethiopians served together as slaves in Egypt and intermarried, the color of their offspring would have been similar to that of the Canaanites. Also due to the infusion of Ham’s blood into the Jews lineage by Egyptian masters who took sexual advantage of their Hebrew slaves. The Scriptures state that when Moses liberated the Jews from the land of Egypt and they exited as “a mixed multitude” due to their interracial offspring. (Ex. 12:38) The offspring of these biracial unions would have made excellent spies by closely resembling the color of Jericho’s Canaanites, who were descendants of Ham.
When these two spies arrived at the walled city of Jericho they were drawn to a house on that city’s wall that belonged to a Canaanite prostitute named Rahab. This is only the beginning of the story, order Blacks in the Black Vol. I today at WWW.BLACKSINTHEBIBLE.NET.