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Sermon Notes

 

June 22, 2014 | RAHAB’S REHAB

 

Dr.  Burnie R.  Burnside

 

Joshua 2:1-24

 

God has a way of working through very ordinary and very unlikely people. He can save and use anyone who is available to Him.  God rewards faith with His salvation...even in the guiltiest sinner.

 

God directed the spies to Rahab’s house because He knew her heart was open to Him.

 

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

 

God often uses people with simple faith to accomplish His great purposes, no matter what kind of past they have had or insignificant they seem to be!

 

What stands out about Rahab is that her faith was based on who God is not who she is (v. 1, 9-11)

 

Joshua 2:1 (NIV) “Then Joshua son of Nun secretly sent two spies. "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 2:9-11 (NIV)  "I know that the LORD has given this land to you and that a great fear of you has fallen on us, so that all who live in this country are melting in fear because of you. We have heard how the LORD dried up the water of the Red Sea for you when you came out of Egypt, and what you did to Sihon and Og, the two kings of the Amorites east of the Jordan, whom you completely destroyed. When we heard of it, our hearts melted and everyone’s courage failed because of you, for the LORD your God is God in heaven above and on the earth below.”

 

Rahab wasn’t trusting in these spies for her salvation - she was trusting in the God of these spies!

 

Joshua 2:12 (NIV) “Now then, please swear to me by the LORD that you will show kindness to my family, because I have shown kindness to you. Give me a sure sign.”

 

Rahab knew that in order to have faith in God, she had to lose faith in everything else!

 

 

Rahab had the kind of faith that moves the heart of God.

 

When a person surrenders everything, places everything they know, love, and trust on the line and at the mercy of God; when a person willingly trusts God with their very life, then God rewards their faith.

 

There are many Christians who are not experiencing abundant life because their faith is still based on who they are rather than on who Jesus Christ is.

 

You are blessed when your faith allows you to believe what your eyes have not seen, or are not seeing!

 

 

Her Faith Led to Action

 

James 2:25 (NIV) “In 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?”

 

Rahab’s faith stood out because it motivated her to actually do something.

 

(v.4-6) “But the woman had taken the two men and hidden them. She said, "Yes, the men came to me, but I did not know where they had come from. 5 At dusk, when it was time to close the city gate, the men left. I don’t know which way they went. Go after them quickly. You may catch up with them." 6 (But she had taken them up to the roof and hidden them under the stalks of flax she had laid out on the roof.)”

 

“When we heard of it, our hearts melted and everyone’s courage failed because of you, for the LORD your God is God in heaven above and on the earth below.” (Joshua 2:11 NIV)

 

She worked for the salvation of her relatives and friends (v.12).

 

Joshua 2:12 (NIV) “Now then, please swear to me by the LORD that you will show kindness to my family, because I have shown kindness to you. Give me a sure sign.”

 

It is interesting to note that Rahab, a prostitute, is listed as an ancestor of Jesus. And then twice she is praised in the New Testament. A woman who didn’t even initially belong to God’s people. And yet, this same woman received so much honor among God’s people and in the scriptures because of her FAITH, her TRUST in God.

 

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