Summary: THE GREAT ESCAPE
Joshua 2:1-15 THE GREAT ESCAPE Intro: Ill. When the spies arrived in Jericho, they entered into what everyone thought was a harlot's house. However, when they entered Rahab's house, they found a woman who had already been touched by the Spirit and power of God. I. RAHAB'S CONDITION BEFORE GOD v. 1 And Joshua the son of Nun sent out of Shittim two men to spy secretly, saying, Go view the land, even Jericho. And they went, and came into an harlot’s house, named Rahab, and lodged there.
A. She Was Defiled – Ill. A Harlot, living in a lost, pagan city. Eph. 2:3; Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others. Rom. 3:10-12 (Ill. 4 Roman Nones); 10 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: 11 There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God.12 They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one. B. She Was Dead – Rahab spiritually was devoid of life. She was dead in her sins. Eph. 2:1; And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; 1 John 3:14. We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death. (Ill. This is a spiritual death, not a physical death and spiritual death always ends in the Second Death, Rom. 6:23;) C. She Was Doomed – As a resident of Jericho, Rahab had a death sentence hanging over here head. She had already been judged by the Lord and she didn't even know it! Ill. John 3:18; He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. Ill. Sentence has been passed and the judgment has been set, Psa. 9:17; The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God. 2 Thes. 1:7 And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, 8 In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: 9 Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power; 2. RAHAB’S CONFRONTATION WITH GOD And they went, and came into an harlot’s house, named Rahab, and lodged there.
(a) Rahab was CONVICTED BY THE SPIRIT 2:11 And as soon as we had heard these things, our hearts did melt, neither did there remain any more courage in any man, because of you: for the LORD your God, he is God in heaven above, and in earth beneath. in Acts 8 the conversion of the Ethiopian eunuch and in Acts 10 the salvation of Cornelius.
(b) Rahab was CONVINCED BY THE WORD 2:21 And she said, According unto your words, so be it. And she sent them away, and they departed: and she bound the scarlet line in the window.
TRUE BIBLICAL FAITH IS ALWAYS A RESPONSE TO THE TRUTH OF THE WORD OF GOD. Rom 10:17 “Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”