Is Rahab the Ancestor of Jesus?

In Matthew 1:5, we encounter an unexpected person in Jesus’ family tree: Salmon, the father of Boaz, whom Rahab is his mother. The New Testament starts with a surprising genealogy (Matthew 1:1-16), offering us a glimpse into Jesus’ ancestry and those who came before him. Rahab’s presence in the genealogy of Jesus in this lineage is one that often catches first-time Bible readers off guard.

Is Rahab the Ancestor of Jesus

Matthew 1:5

Salmon the father of Boaz, whose mother was Rahab, Boaz the father of Obed, whose mother was Ruth, Obed the father of Jesse

Rahab is commonly known as “Rahab, the harlot” in the Bible. Apart from her occupation, she was indeed a Canaanite, the sworn enemy of Israel. If you noticed, her notable act was rooted in deception, it was not expected for her to make it onto such a prestigious list. They know her as a harlot, a Canaanite, and a liar; these are qualities that one might not associate with an honourable lineage, yet there she is.

Rahab’s story is shown in in Joshua 2 and Joshua 6, that showcased her courage and faith. It’s crucial not to overlook her profession as a harlot. This was her livelihood, and her actions during the spies’ visit which we know that align with the perspective she bargained for.

Yet, Rahab’s story takes a huge turn. In Hebrews 11:31, the bible says,

By faith the prostitute Rahab, because she welcomed the spies, was not killed with those who were disobedient. Hebrews 11:31

She was a woman of faith. Despite her background, Rahab found favor in the eyes of God. This shows us that God does not look at the past when He wants to bless the life of someone. You might be facing a challenge or think that you did many wrongs in the past, I can assure you that God in His infinite mercies, has a way to erase the past and make sure that you have a better future ahead of you.

This genealogy serves as a reminder to us that Jesus, is certainly the “friend of sinners,” and has a background likened to ours. He came not for the righteous but for sinners, and His aim is to bring about repentance (Luke 19:10).

Luke 19:10

For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”

Rahab’s story showcases grace, a grace that is now accessible to everyone. In the name of Jesus, I extend an invitation to you so that you can embrace forgiveness and grace in the blood of Jesus. Jesus has taken the first step; Now, the next move is yours.