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Summary: Rahab and the Spies. (PowerPoint slides to accompany this talk are available on request - email: gcurley@gcurley.info)

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Reading: Joshua chapter 2 verse 1-24:

Quote:

• A pastor was speaking to his people on the relationship between fact and faith.

• He said, "That you are sitting before me in this church--is fact.

• That I am standing here, speaking from this pulpit--is fact.

• That I believe anyone is listening to me--is faith!"

Quote:

“If you tell a man that there are 300 billion stars in the universe, he'll believe you. But if you tell him a bench has just been painted, he has to touch it to be sure”.

Ill:

• The African impala is an animal that can jump to a height of over 10 feet;

• And cover a distance of greater than 30 feet.

• Yet these magnificent creatures can be kept in an enclosure in any zoo with a 3-foot wall.

• The animals will not jump if they cannot see where their feet will fall.

• They are creatures without faith.

• Faith is the ability to trust what we cannot see,

The most important thing I want you to note about Rahab; was her faith!

• Ultimately that is the most important thing about any person,

• For “without faith it is impossible to please God” (Hebrews chapter 11 verse 6).

Ill.

• There once was a rather rough, uncultured man;

• Who for some reason fell in love with a beautiful vase in a shop window.

• Eventually he bought the vase and put it on the mantelpiece in his room.

• There it became a kind of judgment on its surroundings.

• He had to clean up the room to make it worthy of the vase.

• He changed the curtains because they looked dingy beside it.

• The old chair with the stuffing coming out of the seat would not do.

• The wallpaper and the paint needed redoing.

• Gradually the whole room was transformed.

• Because of the presence of the vase!

Note:

• When you put Christ on the mantel of your heart,

• Your whole life starts to be transformed!

• And if we are not experiencing the work of God in our lives;

• Is it because he is not on the mantel, the centre point!

• At the start of this chapter Rahab is a prostitute; a woman in a house of shame,

• She was engaged in a wicked lifestyle whereby she sold her body to men for money.

• At the end of the chapter - as we will see - she will be a different Rahab

• Someone who will be greatly honoured in God’s hall of fame (Hebrews chapter 11).

Question: What made the difference?

Answer: Her faith!

• Ultimately that is the most important thing about any person,

• For “without faith it is impossible to please God” (Hebrews chapter 11 verse 6).

• This chapter brings to our attention 3 demonstrations of faith,

• And show us that Rahab was a woman of true faith!

(1). Courageous faith (verses 1-7).

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.


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