Summary: This sermon challenges women in particular to rise above previous bad decisions to impact their families for Christ
Joshua 2:1-15 – Rahab: from Harlot to Heroine
Since it is Mother’s Day, I thought it appropriate to share ONE woman’s interesting tribute to mothers. She wrote:
“When the good Lord was creating mothers, He was well into His sixth day of overtime when an angel appeared and said, “You’re doing an awful lot of fiddling around on THIS one.”
The Lord said, “Have you read the SPECS on this model? She has to be completely washable, but not plastic; have 180 moveable parts; run on black coffee and leftovers; have a lap that disappears when she stands up; a kiss that can cure anything from a broken leg to a broken heart… and SIX pairs of hands!”
The angel shook its head slowly and said, “6 pairs of hands??? NO WAY!”
“It’s NOT the hands that are causing me problems,” said the Lord, “It’s the three pairs of eyes that mothers must have.” “THAT’S on the STANDARD model???” asked the angel. The Lord nodded. “One pair to see through closed doors when she asks, ‘What are you kids doing in there?’ when she already knows. Another pair in the back of her head to see what her children are doing when they don't think she is watching; and of course, the ones here in front that can look at a child when he goofs up and say, “I love you anyway!” without even saying a word.”
“I can’t quit now. I already have one who heals herself when she gets sick, can feed a family of 6 on a pound of hamburger, AND can somehow get a 9 year old boy to actually take a bath!”
The angel circled the project very slowly…”It’s too soft,” it sighed. “But tough!” said the Lord. “You can’t imagine what this mother can endure!” “Can it THINK?” “Not only can it think – it can reason, compromise, and dream,” said the Creator.
Finally the angel bent over and ran its finger across her cheek. “There’s a leak!” it shouted. “I told you you were trying to put too much into this model.”
“It’s NOT a leak,” said the Lord, “it’s a tear.” “What’s it for??” “It’s for joy and sadness, pain and pride,” said the Lord.
“You ARE a genius!” said the Angel.
INDEED! The Lord IS a genius!
Thank God for Mothers, Amen! Oh no, they aren’t perfect by any means. In fact, there’s not a mother here today who hasn’t wept over her inadequacies. But’s that’s what makes you special. Today – we HONOR you! You will never know the far reaching impact your commitment, love, and example have made upon the lives of those who love you!
The same can be said of the woman in our text – Rahab.
If you were looking for someone scandalous to write an expose about in the Bible – surely one of the first people you would consider would have to be Rahab. A pagan with a sin-ravaged past… a prostitute… who would go on to become such a hero that her name would not only be recorded HERE, but 1,500 years later in the Hall of Fame of Faith in Hebrews 11. Check it out - right there beside the likes of Abraham, Moses, and David… is this prostitute!
As we consider HER life, I want you to think about your own. Maybe you too have made mistakes. Maybe you too have wondered if you could EVER overcome the scars of bad decisions. Rahab will show you, that, by God’s grace, no matter what you have done, regardless the circumstances your decisions have created, YOU TOO can experience a life of incredible significance.
There are three things we learn here:
1. First, we see Rahab’s Condition. Her spiritual, emotional, and physical condition. Verse 1 explains “she was a prostitute.” V. 15 adds “her house was in the wall.”
Sometimes we rush to judgment and are unfair to people – don’t you agree??? Sometimes we can be mistaken about their character. Case in point:
A prosperous young Wall Street broker fell in love with a beautiful young woman. He wanted to marry her, but being a cautious man, he decided he would hire a Private Investigator to check her out before he popped the question. “After all, I have both a growing FORTUNE and REPUTATION to protect.” The young man requested that the agency NOT REVEAL his identity to the investigator. He didn’t want her to ever find out that he had checked her out AND he didn’t want the investigator to bring back a BIASED report.
Soon the investigator brought his findings.
He wrote, “The young lady in question has an unblemished past and a spotless reputation. Her friends are of the highest moral character and she didn’t even have a traffic ticket on her record. BUT,” the report concluded, “The ONE NEGATIVE I could find is that she is often seen around town in the company of a young broker of questionable reputation.”