By faith the prostitute Rahab, because she welcomed the spies, was not killed with those who were disobedient. Hebrews 11:31
With the exception of possibly Sarah (Hebrews 11:11), Rahab is the only woman listed by name in this long list of Faith Warriors. Rahab was not Jewish, yet she is named in the genealogy of Jesus in Matthew 1:5. She was a known prostitute. She lied to the King's men when they came looking for the two spies. Then she asked the spies to have mercy on her and her family because of what she did for them (Joshua 2:12)
And God spared her life. Rahab acted on the faith she knew, and she sought mercy. God delivered on that mercy.
A man once told me, "There will be three surprises in Heaven: you'll be surprised that some people are there that you didn't think would be. You'll be surprised that some people aren't there that you thought would be, and lastly, you'll be surprised that you're there." I think Rahab clearly fits into the first category.
Rahab. A prostitute, a protector of spies, and a Hall of Faith listing. Who could have guessed that?
Praise God for His mercy.