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The Faith of Rahab Joshua 2:1-24 07/08/2007 Dr. Dane Boyles. The Faith of Rahab. Introduction As Joshua prepared to lead the people of God into their promised land. part of that preparation involved gathering information on the city of Jericho.

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the faith of rahab
The Faith of Rahab

Introduction

  • As Joshua prepared to lead the people of God into their promised land. part of that preparation involved gathering information on the city of Jericho.
  • Secretly because Joshua knew what had happened at Kadesh-Barnea when the 10 spies returned with an negative report.
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The Faith of Rahab
  • The Spies Sent Forth.

1Then Joshua son of Nun secretly sent two spies from Shittim. “Go, look over the land," he said, “especially Jericho.” So they went and entered the house of a prostitute named Rahab and stayed there. (Joshua 2:1, NIV)

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  • To the city of Jericho.
    • This city ... Jericho ... by name means “fragrance” and is a picture of the world.
    • The Bible records Rahab’s character by identifying her as a prostitute in nearly every reference to her.
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The Faith of Rahab
  • Rahab’s House.
    • Rahab is a picture of a sinner, lost and bound in immorality.

6All of us have become like one who is unclean,and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags;we all shrivel up like a leaf,and like the wind our sins sweep us away. (Isaiah 64:6, NIV)

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The Faith of Rahab

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

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The Faith of Rahab
  • Every detail, no matter how small, is important; for it is the little things that make up a life.
  • The location of Rahab’s house upon the wall made perfect sense to ‘spy out the city’.
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The Faith of Rahab
  • Rahab’s Faith and Works.
    • Rahab’s condition.
      • She belonged to a doomed race, the race against which the curse had been pronounced.
      • Rahab’s condition is a picture of all lost mankind.
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The Faith of Rahab
  • God’s Mercy.
    • Rahab put faith in Jehovah, the God of the heaven above and earth beneath.
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The Faith of Rahab
  • Rahab’s works.
    • Rahab did something that proved her new faith.
    • She proved her faith, by her works…
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The Faith of Rahab

25In the same way, was not even Rahab the prostitute considered righteous for what she did when she gave lodging to the spies and sent them off in a different direction? (James 2:25, NIV)

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The Faith of Rahab
  • The Spies’ Escape and Assurance.

15So she let them down by a rope through the window, for the house she lived in was part of the city wall.16Now she had said to them, “Go to the hills so the pursuers will not find you. Hide yourselves there three days until they return, and then go on your way.” (Joshua 2:15-16, NIV)

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The Faith of Rahab
  • Hidden by Faith

10we are created in Christ Jesus to do good works (Eph 2:10)

    • Our testimony of faith will be seen by our acts and works for God’s glory.
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The Faith of Rahab
  • Assured by God’s messengers.

17The men said to her, “This oath you made us swear will not be binding on us (Joshua 2:17, NIV)

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The Faith of Rahab

18unless, when we enter the land, you have tied this scarlet cord in the window through which you let us down, and unless you have brought your father and mother, your brothers and all your family into your house. (Joshua 2:18, NIV)

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The Faith of Rahab

19If anyone goes outside your house into the street, his blood will be on his own head; we will not be responsible. As for anyone who is in the house with you, his blood will be on our head if a hand is laid on him. (Joshua 2:19, NIV)

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The Faith of Rahab

20But if you tell what we are doing, we will be released from the oath you made us swear.” (Joshua 2:20, NIV)

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The Faith of Rahab
  • The Return of the Spies.

22When they left, they went into the hills and stayed there three days, until the pursuers had searched all along the road and returned without finding them. (Joshua 2:22, NIV)

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The Faith of Rahab

23Then the two men started back. They went down out of the hills, forded the river and came to Joshua son of Nun and told him everything that had happened to them. (Joshua 2:23, NIV)

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The Faith of Rahab

24They said to Joshua, “The LORD has surely given the whole land into our hands; all the people are melting in fear because of us.” (Joshua 2:24, NIV)

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The Faith of Rahab
  • They returned knowing God was at work.
  • We need that kind of faith; the kind that trusts God for great things.
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The Faith of Rahab
  • God is only pleased when we walk by faith.

6And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. (Heb 11:6, NIV)

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The Faith of Rahab
  • Conclusion
    • What obstacles are in our way?
    • Each of us are trophies of God’s amazing grace!
    • Rahab would become David’s great grandmother.
    • Who could have imagined such a thing?
    • Only by God’s grace!
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