November 16, 2018

Who is your favorite faith person in Hebrews 11? I don’t know if I could pick out a favorite but Rahab did stand out to me today. Let’s go look at a section of her story.

Joshua 2:8–13 (NLT) — 8 Before the spies went to sleep that night, Rahab went up on the roof to talk with them. 9 “I know the Lord has given you this land,” she told them. “We are all afraid of you. Everyone in the land is living in terror. 10 For we have heard how the Lord made a dry path for you through the Red Sea when you left Egypt. And we know what you did to Sihon and Og, the two Amorite kings east of the Jordan River, whose people you completely destroyed. 11 No wonder our hearts have melted in fear! No one has the courage to fight after hearing such things. For the Lord your God is the supreme God of the heavens above and the earth below. 12 “Now swear to me by the Lord that you will be kind to me and my family since I have helped you. Give me some guarantee that 13 when Jericho is conquered, you will let me live, along with my father and mother, my brothers and sisters, and all their families.”

Her statement of faith is so refreshing. She says almost in a matter-of-fact manner, “I know the Lord has given you this land.” How did she know? She heard the word. Isn’t this biblical faith (Romans 10:17) She heard about the mighty acts of God and she believed them! Her faith rested on what she had heard. Oh my; Oh that we would all do that today.

But not only that, she also believed that there was no one, no god, greater than the God of the Israelites. She believed that no force in heaven or on earth could overcome God. In fact in her mind it would be futile to resist this God. It would be absolutely foolish not to believe in this God. It would be insane not to yield one’s life to Him.

Come on isn’t Rahab’s story frosting on your cake, fresh air in your nostrils, and gasoline in your tank? Evidently it was too God because he put her in the Hall of Faith.

It bugs me when people miss this part of Rahab’s story because they are focused on this first part >

Joshua 2:2–6 (NLT) — 2 But someone told the king of Jericho, “Some Israelites have come here tonight to spy out the land.” 3 So the king of Jericho sent orders to Rahab: “Bring out the men who have come into your house, for they have come here to spy out the whole land.” 4 Rahab had hidden the two men, but she replied, “Yes, the men were here earlier, but I didn’t know where they were from. 5 They left the town at dusk, as the gates were about to close. I don’t know where they went. If you hurry, you can probably catch up with them.” 6 (Actually, she had taken them up to the roof and hidden them beneath bundles of flax she had laid out.)

They get caught up in the fact that Rahab lied. The writer of Joshua neither approves of or disapproves of the lie; he just ignores it. We must remember to carefully distinguish between what the bible reports and what it recommends; what it records and what it requires. It reports that Jacob had four wives but it certainly isn’t recommending or encouraging us to do the same.

Besides that, God never brings our sins up again and he never will hold them against us so why should bother to bring up the sins of others?

God reaching Rahab should encourage us all to keep praying for those people that we know that haven’t yet come to know Jesus.

Be Inspired Hilltop!

 

Comments

  1. Mary Anne Frank says:

    Let’s not forget that Rahab is listed in the geneology of Jesus . See Matthew 1:5. God had a plan for the Israelites as well as for Rahab!! The actions of one are far reaching as you preached last Sunday.