Section 1

Matthew 1:1-6 - “The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham. Abraham was the father of Isaac, and Isaac the father of Jacob, and Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers, and Judah the father of Perez and Zerah by Tamar, and Perez the father of Hezron, and Hezron the father of Ram, and Ram the father of Amminadab, and Amminadab the father of Nahshon, and Nahshon the father of Salmon, and Salmon the father of Boaz by Rahab, and Boaz the father of Obed by Ruth, and Obed the father of Jesse, and Jesse the father of David the king. And David was the father of Solomon by the wife of Uriah...”

God uses messed up people, in need of grace, to accomplish His will.

He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins. -Ephesians 1:7

“Grace is to extend favor or kindness to one who doesn’t deserve it and can never earn it.” - Chuck Swindoll

"Grace means that all that we are and everything that we have is given to you because God chose to give it not because you deserve it. Grace is God’s unmerited favor." -Tony Evans

“But grace can’t be earned. To earn something is to find an equivalent. There is no equivalent where grace is concerned. Grace is birthed from hopeless inequity. Grace is the offer of exactly what we do not deserve. Thus, it cannot be recognized or received until we are aware of precisely how undeserving we really are. It is the knowledge of what we do not deserve that allows us to receive grace for what it is. Unmerited. Unearned. Undeserved. For that reason, grace can only be experienced by those who acknowledge they are undeserving.” -- Andy Stanley

“Grace acknowledges the full implication of sin and yet does not condemn.” -- Andy Stanley

Why did God need to send in spies?

  • Military reason
  • Providential reason

Joshua 2:1-3 - “And Joshua the son of Nun sent two men secretly from Shittim as spies, saying, ‘Go, view the land, especially Jericho.’ And they went and came into the house of a prostitute whose name was Rahab and lodged there. And it was told to the king of Jericho, ‘Behold, men of Israel have come here tonight to search out the land.’ Then the king of Jericho sent to Rahab, saying, ‘Bring out the men who have come to you, who entered your house, for they have come to search out all the land.’”

Joshua 2:4-5 - “But the woman had taken the two men and hidden them. And she said, ‘True, the men came to me, but I did not know where they were from.’ And when the gate was about to be closed at dark, the men went out. I do not know where the men went. Pursue them quickly, for you will overtake them.”

Hebrews 11:31 - “By faith Rahab the prostitute did not perish with those who were disobedient, because she had given a friendly welcome to the spies.”

God uses messed up people, in need of grace, to accomplish His will.

Joshua 2:8-11 - “Before the men lay down, she came up to them on the roof and said to the men, ‘I know that the Lord has given you the land, and that the fear of you has fallen upon us, and that all the inhabitants of the land melt away before you. For we have heard how the Lord dried up the water of the Red Sea before you when you came out of Egypt, and what you did to the two kings of the Amorites who were beyond the Jordan, to Sihon and Og, whom you devoted to destruction. And as soon as we heard it, our hearts melted, and there was no spirit left in any man because of you, for the Lord your God, He is God in the heavens above and on the earth beneath.’”

Joshua 2:11 - “For the Lord your God, He is God in the heavens above and on the earth beneath.”

James 2:17 - “So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.”

James 2:25 - “And in the same way was not also Rahab the prostitute justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out by another way?”

How did Rahab demonstrate confident faith in the Lord?

  • She took God at His word and risked her life for the spies.
  • She took a stand and refused to go along with the rest of the world, as she knew it.
  • She showed tremendous concern for others - not only for God’s people, but also for her family.
  • Rahab had a confident faith in God and it caused her to take action.

Joshua 2:12-13 - “Now then, please swear to me by the Lord that, as I have dealt kindly with you, you also will deal kindly with my father's house, and give me a sure sign that you will save alive my father and mother, my brothers and sisters, and all who belong to them, and deliver our lives from death.”

Joshua 2:21 - “And she said, ‘According to your words, so be it.’ Then she sent them away, and they departed. And she tied the scarlet cord in the window.”

What is so significant about a scarlet rope?

  • The scarlet rope points to a change of profession.
  • The scarlet rope also points to a changed life.

Isaiah 1:18 - “Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool.”

Joshua 6:20 - “So the people shouted, and the trumpets were blown. As soon as the people heard the sound of the trumpet, the people shouted a great shout, and the wall fell down flat, so that the people went up into the city, every man straight before him, and they captured the city.”

Joshua 6:25 - “But Rahab the prostitute and her father's household and all who belonged to her, Joshua saved alive. And she has lived in Israel to this day, because she hid the messengers whom Joshua sent to spy out Jericho.”

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” -2 Corinthians 12:9

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast. -Ephesians 2:8-9

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