20 But are you willing to recognize, you foolish fellow, that faith without works is useless? 21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered up Isaac his son on the altar? 22 You see that faith was working with his works, and as a result of the works, faith was perfected; 23 and the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “And Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness,” and he was called the friend of God. 24 You see that a man is justified by works and not by faith alone. 25 In the same way, was not Rahab the harlot also justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out by another way? 26 For just as the body without the spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead (James 2).
Abraham believed God, and thus left his home to follow wherever God led him. Later, he was even prepared to offer his beloved son Isaac on the altar, just as God had instructed, up to the very moment of bringing the knife down, before being stayed by an angel.
Rahab believed in the God of the two Jewish spies, and thus protected them from harm, and then left a scarlet rope in her window to show her allegiance to their God and His people. She, too, left her own people (just as Abraham had done) in order to follow God in faith.
What a pair! From Abraham on down to Rahab, faith has always been the conduit of salvation. From the very father of the faith on down to a Gentile convert who herself became a child of that father, true faith has always been demonstrated by works. Abraham came into the Promised Land by faith; Rahab, being already there in Canaan, yet entered into the spiritual Promised Land also by faith.
Lord, thank You for leading us into the Promised Land by faith. Help us This Day to show the faith of Abraham and Rahab. Amen.