THE LIVING WORD TRANSCRIPT

PROGRAM AIR DATE: 12-29-19



LESSON TITLE: SO GREAT A CLOUD OF WITNESSES - RAHAB



WELCOME

WHAT A WONDERFUL LORD'S DAY IT IS, AS WE AGAIN GATHER TOGETHER BEFORE THE THRONE OF GOD TO WORSHIP OUR MAKER! WE ARE SO HAPPY THAT YOU HAVE CHOSEN TO BE WITH US TODAY AND TO GIVE THIS TIME TO THE LORD. IN FACT, IT IS OUR PRIVILEGE TO BE WITH YOU EVERY SUNDAY MORNING, AS WE CONSIDER TOGETHER, GOD'S LIVING WORD. IT IS MY HOPE AND PRAYER TODAY THAT WE ARE ALL UPLIFTED IN OUR FELLOWSHIP TOGETHER. FURTHERMORE, I PRAY THAT WE WILL GLORIFY AND PRAISE OUR CREATOR IN THESE ACTS OF WORSHIP WHICH WE PARTICIPATE IN COLLECTIVELY AS THOSE WHO LOVE GOD. AS WE BEGIN OUR HOMAGE TO GOD ON THIS DAY, WILL YOU BOW WITH ME IN PRAYER!

PRAYER: OUR GOD AND FATHER IN HEAVEN, WE ARE SO THANKFUL FOR THIS DAY AND EVERY DAY OF LIFE AND THE PRIVILEGE THAT WE HAVE TO BE CALLED YOUR CHILDREN AND TO BE SERVANTS BEFORE YOU. AND FATHER, HELP US TO WORSHIP YOU THIS DAY IN SPIRIT AND TRUTH AND TO GIVE YOU OUR VERY BEST THAT WE MIGHT DO THOSE THINGS THAT ARE ACCEPTABLE IN YOUR SIGHT AND ACCORDING TO YOUR GOOD PLEASURES. AND FATHER, WE KNOW THAT THESE THINGS ARE ONLY POSSIBLE THROUGH YOUR SON JESUS CHRIST AND WE THANK YOU FOR HIM AND HIS GREAT SACRIFICE KNOWING THAT THEREFORE WE ARE RECIPIENTS OF YOUR GRACE, LOVE, AND MERCY. IN JESUS NAME WE PRAY, AMEN.

HOW BLESSED WE ARE IN THIS LIFE TO HAVE A REDEEMER WHO IS LIVING AND ACTIVE IN THE LIFE OF THE FAITHFUL. THE QUESTION IS, HOW ARE WE RESPONDING TO THIS REDEEMER AND THE REDEMPTION HE OFFERS? OUR FIRST SONG THIS DAY REMINDS US OF THESE VERY FACTS! SO, WON'T YOU JOIN IN WITH THE CONGREGATION AT THIS TIME AS WE SING TOGETHER, "I KNOW THAT MY REDEEMER LIVES."



DEVOTIONAL THOUGHTS



DO YOU EVER GET TIRED OF BEING ASKED TO GIVE? IT SEEMS LIKE EVERYWHERE WE TURN THAT SOMEONE IS ASKING FOR A HANDOUT. IN FACT, IF YOU'RE LIKE ME, YOU PROBABLY GET TIRED OF ALL THE CALLS ASKING FOR MONEY AND HELP FROM DAY TO DAY. NOW CONSIDER THIS SAME IDEA FROM A RELIGIOUS STANDPOINT, MANY OF US MAY OFTEN GET TIRED AS WELL OF FEELING LIKE WE ALWAYS HAVE TO GIVE. HOWEVER, LET ME ASSURE YOU THAT IF OUR MINDS AND HEART ARE RIGHT WITH GOD GIVING FOR HIS SAKE IS A WHOLE DIFFERENT BALLGAME. IN FACT, IN PROVERBS 21:26, THE WISEST MAN WHO EVER LIVED MADE THIS STATEMENT, "HE COVETS GREEDILY ALL DAY LONG, BUT THE RIGHTEOUS GIVES AND DOES NOT SPARE." CONSIDER THE IMPORTANT LESSON WE LEARN HERE-SOME COVET THE THINGS OF THIS WORLD WHICH THEY HAVE ACQUIRED, HOWEVER, THE GODLY MAN LOVES TO GIVE AND GIVE A LOT! DOESN'T THIS JUST MAKE GOOD SENSE IN RELATIONSHIP TO WHAT WE LEARN IN THE NEW TESTAMENT? REMEMBER WHAT JESUS SAID IN ACTS 20:35, "IT IS MORE BLESSED TO GIVE THAN TO RECEIVE." WHEN WE GIVE, GOD SAYS WE WILL BE BLESSED AND BLESSED ACCORDING TO OUR GENEROSITY. NOTICE WHAT JESUS FURTHER SAID ABOUT THIS IN LUKE 6:38, "GIVE, AND IT WILL BE GIVEN TO YOU: GOOD MEASURE, PRESSED DOWN, SHAKEN TOGETHER, AND RUNNING OVER WILL BE PUT INTO YOUR BOSOM. FOR WITH THE SAME MEASURE THAT YOU USE, IT WILL BE MEASURED BACK TO YOU." HAVE YOU GOT IT FIGURED OUT YET? IT IS MORE BLESSED TO GIVE THAN TO RECEIVE, BECAUSE WHEN WE GIVE, WE HONOR AND GLORY OF GOD. FURTHERMORE, IT IS MORE BLESSED TO GIVE, BECAUSE WHEN WE GIVE GOD IS PLEASED AND IN RETURN BLESSES US ACCORDING TO OUR WILLINGNESS TO SACRIFICE TO SEE HIS WILL ACCOMPLISHED. SO HOW WELL ARE YOU GIVING TO YOUR GOD? ARE YOU GIVING ENOUGH, IN A CHEERFUL WAY AND FROM THE HEART? MAY WE ALL LEARN TO BE BETTER AND MORE GRACIOUS GIVERS TO THE GLORY OF GOD!

OUR STUDY OF THE MORNING WILL AGAIN FOCUS ON OUR SERIES ENTITLED, "SO GREAT A CLOUD OF WITNESSES." AS FAR AS THE SPECIFIC MESSAGE OF THE DAY, WE WILL CONSIDER THE WOMAN OF FAITH, "RAHAB." SO PLEASE STAY WITH US AND AFTER OUR NEXT SONG, WE WILL BE LEAD IN THIS STUDY FROM GOD'S WORD. AS FAR AS OUR GUEST SPEAKER TODAY. WE ARE HAPPY TO HAVE BROTHER BRENT GREEN WITH US. AS MOST OF YOU KNOW, BROTHER BRENT IS A TEACHER AND FULL TIME REPRESENTATIVE FOR THE BIBLE INSTITUTE OF MISSOURI, HERE IN SPRINGFIELD. WE THANK HIM FOR BEING WITH US AND LOOK FORWARD TO HIM LEADING OUR THOUGHTS FROM GOD'S WORD. NOW LET'S JOIN TOGETHER IN OUR SECOND SONG OF THE DAY. THE NAME OF THIS HYMN, "THE STEADFAST LOVE OF THE LORD."



LESSON

BY BRENT GREEN



WHAT A GREAT JOY AND PRIVILEGE IT IS AS ALWAYS TO BE ABLE TO OPEN THE WORD OF GOD AND STUDY FROM. PARTICULARLY THIS TIME WE HAVE TO LOOK AT HEBREWS CHAPTER 11 WHERE WE ARE DEALING WITH AGAIN THE IDEA OF FAITH. WHEN WE THINK ABOUT FAITH PROBABLY THE FIRST THING YOU DON'T THINK ABOUT IS A HARLOT. THAT IS ACTUALLY WHAT WE FIND IN HEBREWS CHAPTER 11 AND VERSE 31. THERE THE BIBLE SAYS BY FAITH THE HARLOT RAHAB DID NOT PERISH WITH THOSE WHO DID NOT BELIEVE WHEN SHE RECEIVED THE SPIES WITH PEACE. SO WE MAY NOT THINK FIRST OF A WOMAN LIKE RAHAB BUT INDEED SHE IS ONE OF GREAT FAITH. WE WANT TO CONSIDER WHAT THAT MEANS, NOT ONLY AGAIN TO HAVE FAITH. WHAT WE LEARN FROM HER EXAMPLE AND WHAT IT IS TRULY THAT WE CAN FOLLOW - AS WE THINK ABOUT THE FACT THAT BY FAITH SHE BELIEVED IN GOD. BY FAITH SHE WOULD ACT UPON HER BELIEF AND TAKE ACTION AND SUBSEQUENTLY SHE WOULD LIVE. AND ALSO ALL HER HOUSEHOLD WHO WERE WITH HER AS SHE WAS SPARED. LET'S CONSIDER WHAT IT IS THAT MAKES RAHAB A GREAT WOMAN OF FAITH.

TO DO THAT WE WANT TO GO BACK TO THE OLD TESTAMENT AND LOOK AT THE BOOK OF JOSHUA NAMELY AS WE WOULD FIND THERE BEGINNING IN THE BOOK OF JOSHUA CHAPTER 2. JOSHUA CHAPTER 2 AND VERSE ONE - THIS IS WHERE WE BEGIN TO LEARN THE ACCOUNTS OF RAHAB. VERSE ONE SAYS THAT JOSHUA THE SON OF NONE SENT OUT TWO MEN FROM MACACIA GROVE TO SPY SECRETLY SAYING - GO VIEW THE LAND ESPECIALLY JERICHO. SO THEY WENT AND CAME TO THE HOUSE OF A HARLOT NAMED RAHAB AND LODGED THERE. THIS IS WHERE IN THE HISTORICAL ACCOUNT WE ARE INTRODUCED NOT ONLY HERE TO THESE SPIES WHO WERE SENT INTO JERICHO...REMEMBER ISRAEL WAS THAT NATION THAT HAD COME OUT OF EGYPT AND WAS ON IT'S WAY TO THE LAND OF CANNAAN; THE LAND OF PROMISE. IN THE FIRST PLACE THEY WOULD GO AND THEY WOULD SEND SPIES IN THE LAND OF JERICHO THERE TO SEE WHAT THE LAND WAS LIKE, TO SEE WHAT INDEED THEY WOULD FIND AS THEY WERE READY TO CROSS OVER FINALLY AFTER 40 YEARS AND ENTER THAT LAND OF PROMISE. SO WE ARE INTRODUCED HERE TO THE SETTING AND ALSO WE LEARN THERE ONCE AGAIN IN VERSE ONE OF RAHAB THE HARLOT AS THE SPIES COME TO HER PLACE OF LODGING. NOW SOME WOULD SUGGEST THAT MAYBE SHE WAS SIMPLY AN INNKEEPER BUT SHE IS CALLED THERE A HARLOT. MAYBE THAT WAS A PAST OCCUPATION SHE HAD AND SO THAT REPUTATION CARRIED FORWARD OR MAYBE IT WAS STILL SOMETHING SHE WAS ENGAGED IN PRESENTLY. BUT IT IS NOT HER HARLOTRY THAT MAKES HER STAND OUT THE BIBLE. IT IS HER ACTIONS THAT SHOWS HER TO BE A GREAT WOMAN OF FAITH. AND THAT'S WHAT AGAIN WE WANT TO CONSIDER. WHAT IS THAT WE FIND HERE IN JOSHUA CHAPTER 2 THAT WOULD SHOW THAT SHE BELIEVED IN GOD? WE WANT TO MOVE DOWN TO VERSE EIGHT OF JOSHUA CHAPTER 2. IT SAYS THAT BEFORE THEY LAY DOWN, SHE CAME UP TO THEM ON THE ROOF - THAT IS THE LOCATION WHERE SHE HAD HID THEM. SHE SAID TO THEM I KNOW THAT THE LORD HAS GIVEN YOU THE LAND AND THAT THE TERROR OF YOU HAS FALLEN ON US AND ALL THE INHABITANTS OF THE LAND ARE FAINTHEARTED BECAUSE OF YOU. FOR WE HAVE HEARD HOW THE LORD DRIED UP THE WATER OF THE RED SEA FOR YOU WHEN YOU CAME OUT OF EGYPT AND WHAT YOU DID TO THE TWO KINGS THE AMORITES WHO ARE ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE JORDAN, SIHAN AND OG, WHO YOU UTTERLY DESTROYED. AND AS SOON AS WE HEARD THESE THINGS OUR HEARTS MELTED NEITHER DID, THEY REMAIN ANY MORE COURAGE IN ANY ONE BECAUSE OF YOU. THE LORD YOUR GOD - HE IS GOD IN HEAVEN ABOVE AND ON EARTH BENEATH. BY FAITH RAHAB BBELIEVED AND SHE EXPRESSES THAT BELIEF HERE IN THE VERSUS AND THAT'S WHAT WE WANT TO KEY IN ON THERE IN VERSE NINE. SHE SAID I KNOW THAT THE LORD HAS GIVEN YOU THE LAND. SHE'D HEARD THE REPORT THAT HAD COME TO THE CITY OF JERICHO ABOUT WHAT HAD TAKEN PLACE PREVIOUSLY. HOW INDEED GOD ALLOWED ISRAEL TO CROSS THERE AT THE RED SEA AS HE HAD DRIED UP THE WATERS. WHAT A MARVELOUS THING TO HEAR. SHE ALSO HEARD ABOUT WHAT GOD DID TO THE TWO POWERFUL KINGS EAST OF THE JORDAN RIVER; SIHAN AND OG. SHE HAD HEARD THESE THINGS AND SHE BELIEVED IN GOD. ALSO, THERE IN VERSE 10 WE CONTINUE TO LEARN ABOUT HER BELIEF AND AGAIN WHAT SHE SAYS IN VERSE 11 IS REALLY PARAMOUNT. AT THE END OF THAT VERSE ONCE AGAIN SHE SAYS THAT GOD, HE IS GOD IN HEAVEN ABOVE AND ON EARTH BENEATH. THE STATEMENTS THAT SHE MAKES IN THESE THREE VERSES TO THESE SPIES WHO HAD COME TO HER HOUSE INDICATES THAT SHE HAD COME TO BELIEVE IN GOD. NOT JUST A GOD. NOT A GOD OF THE LAND. NOT A FALSE GOD BUT SHE HAD COME TO BELIEVE IN THE LORD GOD ALMIGHTY, THE ONE WHO IS TRULY GOD ABOVE - THE ONE WHO IS TRULY GOD EVEN OVER THIS ENTIRE EARTH. THAT'S WHAT SHE BELIEVED. SHE BELIEVED THAT BY FAITH. WHAT WE BEGIN TO UNDERSTAND IS THAT SHE WAS VERY DIFFERENT FROM THE OTHERS. WE READ THERE IN HEBREWS CHAPTER 11 VERSE 31 ABOUT THOSE WHO DID NOT BELIEVE. BUT UNLIKE THEM RAHAB TRULY DID BELIEVE. NOW THEY ALL HAD HEARD OF THE SAME AMAZING THINGS ABOUT GOD AND WHAT HE HAD DONE FOR HIS NATION ISRAEL - BUT WHAT WAS DIFFERENT ABOUT RAHAB? SHE BELIEVED THE REPORT - SHE BELIEVED IN GOD AS YOU BELIEVE IN THE POWER OF GOD - BY FAITH RAHAB BELIEVED. THAT'S A LESSON THAT WE SHOULD TAKE AGAIN FROM THIS GREAT EXAMPLE OF FAITH AND LIKEWISE ALSO CONSIDER HER EXAMPLE AND ALSO MAKE SURE THAT AS WE LOOK IN THE MIRROR SPIRITUALLY SPEAKING, WE TOO CAN SEE FAITH LIKE THAT OF RAHAB. DO YOU BELIEVE IN GOD THE WAY RAHAB BELIEVED IN GOD?

CONSIDER AGAIN WHAT WE LEARN FROM HER FAITH AND THAT SHE DID BELIEVE AND WE ALSO CAN LEARN AGAIN AND APPLY THESE THINGS TO OUR LIVES. AS BY FAITH RAHAB BELIEVED; SHE BELIEVED IN GOD'S CONTROL AND THAT'S WHAT WE SHOULD BELIEVE BY FAITH AS WELL. IN OTHER WORDS THAT AS THIS EARTH WAS UNDER GOD'S CONTROL IN THE DAYS OF RAHAB GOD IS STILL IN CONTROL. THAT IS POINTED OUT IN THE BOOK OF ACTS ( ACTS CHAPTER 17 ) THERE PAUL ON ONE OF HIS OCCASION STANDING THERE IN ATHENS STOOD UP AND PROCLAIMED TO THE PEOPLE PRESENT ABOUT THE GOD THEY DIDN'T KNOW - THE ONE THAT THEY HAD AN INSCRIPTION TO, THE UNKNOWN GOD. AND HE SPEAKS OF GOD IN A WAY THAT IS UNDERSTANDABLE FROM THE FACT THAT GOD IS STILL IN CONTROL. GOD IS STILL GOD IN HEAVEN ABOVE AND ON EARTH BELOW. GOD IS STILL ONE THAT WE SHOULD BELIEVE IN BECAUSE OF THE FACT THAT HE IS REAL. WELL, AS GOD WAS A GOD IN RAHAB'S DAY AND ALSO THE DAYS OF ABRAHAM AS WELL AS ALL THE OTHER GREATS HEROES OF FAITH AND CHARACTERS OF THE BIBLE GOD IS STILL GOD TODAY AND GOD IS STILL IN CONTROL. TODAY WE SHOULD BY FAITH BELIEVE THAT THE WAY RAHAB DID. WE ALSO LIKE RAHAB SHOULD ACKNOWLEDGE THE VERY POWER OF GOD. BY FAITH RAHAB UNDERSTOOD THOUGH SHE DIDN'T SEE WITH HER EYES THE GREAT AND AMAZING AND POWERFUL THINGS THAT GOD DID FOR HIS NATION ISRAEL AS THEY CAME UP OUT OF EGYPT. AND SO TODAY WE SHOULD STILL BELIEVE IN THE POWER OF GOD BY FAITH. ROMANS CHAPTER 1 VERSE 20 SPEAKS OF THIS CREATION THAT WE SEE AROUND US AND THAT WOULD ENCOMPASS THE FLOWERS AND TREES AND PLANTS AND EVERYTHING WE SEE. IT SAYS OF GOD'S CREATION THAT THOSE THINGS DECLARE THE POWER OF GOD EVEN HIS ETERNAL GODHEAD SO THAT IS WITHOUT EXCUSE. YOU KNOW WE CAN STILL LOOK AROUND US AT THE EVIDENCE THAT IS PRESENT AND UNDERSTAND THAT GOD IS ALL-POWERFUL JUST AS RAHAB HAD HEARD THE REPORT AND UNDERSTOOD THAT GOD WAS A POWERFUL GOD - WE TOO BY FAITH SHOULD ACKNOWLEDGE THE VERY POWER OF GOD. LIKE REVELATION 19 ONE SAYS THAT GOD IS WITH GLORY AND HONOR AND POWER. THOSE THINGS BELONG TO HIM. BY FAITH RAHAB ACKNOWLEDGED THE POWER OF GOD. BY FAITH WE SHOULD DO THE SAME. ALSO, BY FAITH RAHAB BELIEVES IN GOD HIMSELF. THAT'S WHAT THOSE VERSUS THERE THAT WE READ EXPRESSED IN JOSHUA CHAPTER 2 BY FAITH WE SHOULD BELIEVE IN GOD. WE SHOULD NOT DOUBT. WE SHOULD NOT HAVE QUESTIONS - WE CANNOT SERVE GOD UNLESS WE ACKNOWLEDGE THAT HE EXISTS AND WE ALSO UNDERSTAND THAT HE WILL REWARD THOSE WHO SEEK HIM (HEBREWS CHAPTER 11 VERSE 6) BY FAITH DO YOU BELIEVE IN GOD THE WAY RAHAB BELIEVED IN GOD? LET US CONSIDER THOUGH SOMETHING FURTHER ABOUT RAHAB AND HER FAITH. BY FAITH RAHAB ALSO TOOK ACTION.

LET US GO AGAIN THERE TO JOSHUA CHAPTER 2 AND WE CAN SEE THERE THAT IT WASN'T JUST THE FACT THAT SHE BELIEVED IN GOD BUT BECAUSE OF HER BELIEF SHE DID SOMETHING. LET'S CONSIDER THERE AGAIN JOSHUA CHAPTER 2 AS WE BEGIN ONCE AGAIN GOING THROUGH THE TEXT HERE IN THIS CHAPTER, WE CAN FIND WHAT SHE BEGAN TO DO THERE IN VERSES TWO AND THREE. THESE SPIES COME TO HER AND SHE HIDES THEM, AS WE FIND OUT IN THIS CHAPTER, BUT BECAUSE THESE SPIES COME THE KING OF JERICHO SENDS INDIVIDUALS TO HER HOUSE TO FIND THESE SPIES. WHERE ARE THESE MEN WHO CAME TO YOU? THAT'S WHAT HE WANTS TO KNOW. SO, WE BEGIN TO SEE HER ACTIONS THERE IN VERSE FOUR. IT SAYS THE WOMAN TOOK THE TWO MEN AND HID THEM. NOW THE FURTHER INQUIRY THAT THE KING MAKES HE WANTS TO KNOW WHERE ALL THESE MEN? SHE DOES INDEED TELL A LIE AND SHE SAYS - WELL, YES, THEY CAME TO MY HOUSE BUT I DIDN'T KNOW WHERE THEY ARE FROM. AND THEY LEFT AND I DON'T KNOW WHERE THEY WENT. THOSE THINGS WERE LIES. THAT'S NOT CONDONED IN THE BIBLE NOR DOES THAT MAKE RAHAB A GREAT WOMAN OF FAITH TO TELL A LIE. LIES ARE SINS. BUT WHAT WE DO FIND HERE - WHAT IS EXEMPLIFIED FOR US TO FOLLOW IS THE ACTIONS THAT SHE TOOK. THE FIRST ACTION THAT SHE TOOK WAS TO HIDE THESE TWO SPIES. WHY WOULD SHE HIDE PEOPLE THAT WERE NOT OF HER CITY? WHY WOULD SHE HIDE PEOPLE (SPIES) THAT WERE COMING HERE AS A PART OF THIS ARMY TO DESTROY THIS CITY AND ALL THE INHABITANTS OF CANAAN? BECAUSE AGAIN SHE BELIEVED IN GOD. SHE BELIEVED IN GOD'S POWER, AND SHE BELIEVED THAT GOD WAS GOD ALMIGHTY. IF SHE DIDN'T HIDE THESE SPIES, SHE AS WELL MIGHT LOSE HER LIFE WHEN THIS ARMY CAME TO DESTROY THE NATION THERE AND THE NATIONS OF CANAAN. SO, THE FIRST THING SHE DID WAS TO HIDE THESE SPIES. SHE TOOK THEM UP ON THE ROOF AND WE FIND IN VERSE 6 AND HID THEM THERE IN THE STALKS OF FLAX THAT WERE THERE ON THE ROOF. NOT THE ONLY ACTION THAT WE SEE HERE THOUGH. SHE ALSO PROTECTED THE SPIES. THAT'S WHAT WE SEE IN VERSES FOUR AND FIVE AND VERSE SEVEN. SHE HIDES THEM. SHE DOESN'T GIVE THE LOCATION AWAY AND SO SHE OFFERS THEM PROTECTION ONCE AGAIN IN HER HOME. BUT THE THIRD ACTION WE SEE IS THAT SHE HELPED THEM. VERSES 15 AND 16 TELL US THAT SHE LET THEM OUT OF HER HOUSE BY A ROPE THAT WAS LET DOWN FROM HER WINDOW. SHE TOLD THEM WHAT TO DO AFTER WAITING FOR A PERIOD. GO AND FLEE AND RUN AWAY SO THAT THOSE WHO ARE SEEKING YOU WILL NOT FIND YOU. SHE HID THEM, SHE PROTECTED THEM, AND SHE HELPED THEM TO GET AWAY FROM THOSE WHO WERE SEEKING TO TAKE THEIR LIVES. WHY WOULD RAHAB DO THOSE THINGS? WE ALREADY STATED BY FAITH SHE BELIEVED IN GOD. AND HERE BY FAITH SHE TOOK ACTION TO HIDE THESE SPIES - TO PROTECT THEM AND TO HELP THEM AND TO SEND THEM OUT ANOTHER WAY.

WHAT LESSON AGAIN DO WE LEARN FROM RAHAB? WE LEARN THAT FAITH IS SEEN IN ACTION. RAHAB HAD FAITH IN GOD BUT SHE CONTINUED TO TRULY DEMONSTRATE THAT FAITH WHEN SHE TOOK ACTION. IT IS INTERESTING THAT A HARLOT LIKE RAHAB IS REMEMBERED, NOT ONLY IN THE BOOK OF HEBREWS AS A WOMAN OF FAITH, BUT SHE IS USED AS AN EXAMPLE IN THE VERY NEXT BOOK OF THE BIBLE IN NEW TESTAMENT THERE IN THE BOOK OF JAMES. JAMES TALKS ABOUT FAITH. JAMES SAYS IN JAMES CHAPTER 2 AND VERSE 18 - SHOW ME YOUR FAITH WITHOUT YOUR WORKS AND I WILL SHOW YOU MY FAITH BY MY WORKS. IN THE VERY SAME CHAPTER JUST A FEW VERSES LATER JAMES PULLS RAHAB IN FROM THE OLD TESTAMENT AS AN ILLUSTRATION OF SUCH. I WANT US TO CONSIDER THOSE WORDS THERE IN JAMES CHAPTER 2. THEY ARE FOUND THERE PARTICULARLY IN VERSE 25. WHAT IS IT THAT RAHAB DID? THAT IS WHAT WE ARE TALKING ABOUT. JAMES TWO VERSE 25 IT SAYS: LIKEWISE, WAS NOT RAHAB THE HARLOT ALSO JUSTIFIED BY WORKS WHICH HE RECEIVED THE MESSENGERS AND SENT THEM OUT ANOTHER WAY. THE ANSWER TO THAT QUESTION IS YES. SHE WAS JUSTIFIED. SHE WAS ONE WHO DEMONSTRATED HER FAITH BY WHAT? BY HER WORKS. WE NEED TO LEARN FROM THE FAITH OF RAHAB. THAT IT IS MORE THAN JUST A BELIEF IN GOD. OH YES INDEED IT STARTS THERE BUT IT IS A BELIEF IN GOD THAT IS SEEN IN OUR ACTIONS. AND THAT'S WHAT WE SEE HERE IN THE LIFE OF RAHAB. HER ACTIONS OF HIDING AND PROTECTING AND HELPING THESE SPIES - THAT WAS A DEMONSTRATION OF HER FAITH, A FAITH ONCE AGAIN THAT IS SEEN IN ACTION.

WE NEED ALSO TO HAVE THAT TYPE OF FAITH TODAY! RAHAB WAS ONE WHO FEARED GOD MORE THAN SHE FEARED HER FELLOW MAN. SHE WAS NOT AFRAID OF THE KING OF JERICHO. SHE WAS NOT AFRAID OF THOSE WHO WERE SENT TO HER HOUSE TO FIND THESE SPIES. NO, SHE FEARED GOD ABOVE ANYONE ON THIS EARTH AND LIKEWISE SHE TOOK ACTIONS ACCORDINGLY. WHAT SHOULD WE DO TODAY? WE SHOULDN'T FEAR OUR FELLOW MAN ABOVE GOD. WE SHOULD TRUST IN GOD AND BELIEVE IN HIM AND FEAR HIM ABOVE ALL OF THIS WORLD AND KNOW THAT GOD WILL BE THERE TO HELP US IN OUR TIME OF NEED ( HEBREWS CHAPTER 13 VERSE 6 ) WITH GOD ON OUR SIDE - WITH GOD ON OUR SIDE AS OUR HELPER WE SHOULDN'T FEAR MAN. AND SO INDEED WE SHOULD INDEED REMEMBER THAT! WE SHOULD TRULY IN THIS LIFE PUT GOD IN HIS PROPER PLACE AND FEAR HIM ABOVE ANY OTHER. WE SHOULDN'T FEAR THE ONE WHO CAN SIMPLY DESTROY THE BODY. WE SHOULD FEAR GOD WHO CAN DESTROY BOTH THE BODY AND SOUL IN HELL. MAKE SURE INDEED YOU HOLD GOD IN HIS PROPER PLACE AND FEAR HIM ABOVE ANY OTHER. THE WAY RAHAB DID AND LIKEWISE BECAUSE OF THAT TAKE ACTION ACCORDINGLY. OUR ACTION SHOULD BE SEEN BY FAITH. AS RAHAB TOOK ACTION, WE AS WELL SHOULD TAKE ACTION IN THIS LIFE ALSO BY FAITH. THIS WHOLE IDEA THAT WE LEARN FROM RAHAB ONCE AGAIN IS BY FAITH. BY FAITH SHE BELIEVED. BY FAITH SHE TOOK ACTION AND I WHAT YOU TO SEE THE OUTCOME. AS AGAIN WE MIGHT CONSIDER FROM THE BOOK OF JOSHUA WHAT IS IT THAT HAPPEN TO RAHAB? THE SPIES RETURNED TO THEIR ARMY, THE ARMIES OF ISRAEL CROSSED THE JORDAN RIVER AND THEY CAME TO THAT CITY JERICHO. AND FAMILIAR TO MANY THE WALLS OF JERICHO CAME DOWN AFTER THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL HAD MARCHED AROUND ACCORDING TO GOD'S ORDERS. BUT WHO WAS SPARED IN THAT CITY? RAHAB INDEED TIED THE SCARLET CORD FROM HER WINDOW SO THAT WHEN THE ARMIES OF ISRAEL CAME, THEY WOULD KNOW THAT THAT WAS HER HOUSE. AND THEY ENTERED IN AND WHO DID THEY FIND IN THAT HOUSE? JOSHUA CHAPTER 2 AND THEN ALSO CHAPTER 6 WILL CONFIRM FOR US THAT THEY FOUND RAHAB AND THEY FOUND HER FAMILY. THE END RESULT OF RAHAB'S FAITH WAS THAT SHE WAS SAVED FROM DESTRUCTION. BY FAITH SHE BELIEVED IN GOD. BY FAITH SHE TOOK ACTION AND BY FAITH SHE WAS SAVED. DO YOU SEE THE LESSON TODAY? BY FAITH BELIEVE IN GOD - TAKE ACTION AND YOU WILL BE SAVED AS WELL!



CLOSING COMMENTS

THANK YOU AGAIN FOR CHOOSING TO BE WITH US TODAY, IN GIVING THIS TIME TO GOD. I HOPE OUR TIME TOGETHER HAS BEEN AN ENCOURAGEMENT AND BLESSING TO ALL OF US. WE INVITE YOU BACK EVERY LORD'S DAY MORNING AT 7:30, AS WE COMMIT OURSELVES TO THIS OFFERING FOR GOD!

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HOW BLESSED WE ARE TO HAVE SUCH EXAMPLES OF GREAT WOMAN OF FAITH AS RAHAB. MAY WE ALSO BE WILLING TO BE COUNTED DIFFERENT AND WORTHY IN OUR GENERATION, THUS DOING ALL THAT GOD SAYS IN ORDER TO BE RECIPIENTS OF HIS PROMISES. ARE YOU STANDING STRONG FOR YOUR GOD?