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Hebrews 11:1-3, 6, 31; Joshua 2:1-14; James 2:25-26

Hebrews 11:1-3, 6, 31; Joshua 2:1-14; James 2:25-26

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1. Recap of the Series

(a) “Hall of Faith”: It is about individuals whose earthly actions were commended by God himself and not by people.

(b) Purpose of the “Hall of Faith”: To walk the path of Christian Discipleship by faith and by being faithful, for that is what pleases God and many have gone before us, which motivates us to hold onto what we have believed.

(c) Christ in Abel and Noah:

(c1) Righteous blood of Christ can impart righteousness

(c2) The saving power of the cross is greater than that of the Ark

2. What is Faith? What does it do? What pleases God?

(a) What is Faith? (Hebrews 11:1): “It is the confident assurance that what we hope for is going to happen. It is the evidence of things we cannot yet see.” (NLT)…it undergirds or is the foundation

(b) What does it do? (Hebrews 11:3): “By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible”

(c) What pleases God? (Hebrews 11:6): “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.”

3. The Faith of Rahab (Hebrews 11:31; Joshua 1, 2 and 6)

(a) What was happening in the Israel Camp? Joshua emerges as the appointed leader for Israel by YHWH. No military strategy is given to conquer the ‘Promised Land’. (Joshua 1)

(b) Who was Rahab? She was a prostitute in Jericho and had a family consisting of her father, mother, brothers and sisters. (Joshua 2:13)

(c) What about her? She plays a significant role in Israel’s history and gets featured in the NT within in the genealogy of Christ and for her faith. (Matthew 1:5, Hebrew 11:37)

(d) What did she do? She welcomed the spies, lodged them and helped them escape (James 2:25-26)

(e) How did she become an heir of God’s righteousness?

(e1) Rahab, a gentile was willing to believe in what she had heard about the God of Israel. (Joshua 2:8-11)

(e2) The extent of her belief was shown by her actions, which put her own life at risk (Joshua 2:4-7, 15)

4. The Christ in Rahab

(a) The actions of Christ’s ministry were characterized by welcoming sinners, Jews and Gentiles alike

(b) The work of the Cross is classless and is salvation to those who believe, salvation from the judgement that is to come

5. Take Away

Don’t let your past/present be a hindrance to the glorious future in Christ