Joshua 2:1-21; 6:17-25
By Patsy Norwood
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How hard do you think it was for Rahab to keep her relatives inside her home for ‘an unspecified’ length of time? How hard would it be for us to do the same today? Why?
“Waiting” seemed to be the name of the game for Rahab and her family. Explain how the phrase “God wants us to wait on his terms, not ours” applied to Rahab and her
situation and then think about how it applies to us today.
How do you think Rahab felt as the Israelites marched around Jericho? Do you think she felt a sense of panic and worried that the spies might not keep their end of the deal?
Put yourself in Rahab’s place. How would you feel as the whole city of Jericho was falling down around you? How would you keep those within your home from panicking and from ‘running for their lives?’
And now for the rest of the story ……
Rahab and her family were saved from destruction. (Joshua 6:22-23)
She went to live with the Israelites. (Joshua 6:25)
She married Salmon, an Israelite (History tells us that Salmon may have been one of the two spies.) (Matthew 1:5)
Their son Boaz married Ruth. (Matthew 1:5)
Boaz and Ruth were the grandparents of David through whose line Jesus was born. (Matthew 1: 5-6)
Let’s back up a minute … God told the children of Israel not to intermarry with those of the land in fact, in Deuteronomy 20:16 they were instructed not to even leave anything alive that breathed. Explain Rahab the Canaanite marrying Salmon the Hebrew.
In order to better understand the previous question read Deuteronomy 20: 17-18. What reason does God give for ‘utterly destroying” the Hittite, Amorite, Canaanite, Perizzite, Hivite and the Jebusite?
Rahab was a Canaanite living in the land of Canaan. With God’s reason for the destruction of these peoples in mind what do you think would cause Him to allow a Canaanite harlot to be saved?
In Matthew 1:5 we find Rahab listed in the Messianic line. With this information in mind, along with this study you’ve just completed, what can one conclude about God?
Before we conclude this study there is a question that comes up from time to time that we need to look at … is the Rahab of this study the same Rahab mentioned as being in the Messianic line in Matthew 1:5? Explain your answer.
- Aren’t you glad God has a true picture of our hearts?
- Aren’t you glad we are saved by grace, not by being good?
- Aren’t you glad God sees the possibility of what we can become?
…… I know I am.