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RAHAB IN REHAB
In Rahab, I see the power of God to transform the lives of those who come to know Him. Just as the Lord changed this woman, He is able to rehabilitate any life that is brought to Him. Regardless of how wicked, how broken, how lost or how wretched it may be.
Let's take some time to look into these verses and join Rahab in Rehab. I want to share some facts about this woman's life that are made clear by this text. I want to show you what the Lord has done for you if you are saved; and what He can do for you if you are not saved.
A. v. 1 She Was
Defiled – Ill. A Harlot, living in a lost, pagan city. (
B. v. 1 She Was
Dead – Rahab was living her life, but spiritually, she was devoid of
life. She was dead in her sins. (
C. v. 1 She Was
Doomed – As a resident of
(Note: In spite of her lifestyle; in spite of her pagan background; in spite of her lost condition; God had given her forty years worth of grace and warnings. How much time has He given you? You that are saved; how many times did the Lord call before you responded in faith? What a gracious God we serve!
If you are lost, you
should be very careful about presuming upon the grace of God. The Bible makes
it crystal clear that there is a limit to patience in calling the lost to come
to Him for salvation - Gen. 6:3;
Ill. You may have time and you may not.
Ill. Lady born in 1825, saved in 1925.
Ill. Young man who died while cutting down trees.)
II. v. 2-13 RAHAB AND HER CONFESSION
A. v. 9-11 What She Confessed – She confessed that she “knew” some things about the Lord. And, that she had “heard” some things about Him too. She called Him by His covenant Name: LORD. She confessed her faith in the truth of what she had heard.
Rahab confessed what she had seen and heard about the Lord. Then, she confessed the fact that Jehovah is the only God. She confessed her need of a relationship with Him. She confesses the fact that she is lacking what the spies enjoy: a relationship with the God of the Heaven and the earth.
B. v. 12-13 What
She Claimed – Rahab claimed salvation from the coming judgment on the
basis of simple faith. She took what she heard and what she knew to be true as
an invitation to believe in the God of the Israelites. She turned from the gods
confession is a picture of how salvation comes to a lost person. The lost
person hears the message and the Spirit of God touch the heart, Rom. 10:17;
III. v. 14-24 RAHAB AND HER CONVERSION
A. Proven By Her
New Labors – (1:2-24) - Rahab proved that she was a new creature
by hiding the spies and by helping them to escape. By doing these things, she
was working for the Lord and not against Him! (
B. Proven By Her
New Love – (1:12-13; 6:22-25) - When Rahab came to know the
Lord, she wanted everyone else to know Him too. She became active in trying to
bring others under the same umbrella of protection she no enjoyed. (
C. Proven By Her
New Life – When Rahab came under the umbrella of the nation of
1. New Realities - (6:20-25)
– She was spared from judgment and death.
2. New Relatives - (6:25;
3. New Reputation - (Matt.
1:5) - Rahab was taken from a house of shame and wound up in the hall of
Conc: Has your life ever been rehabbed like Rahab's? If so, thank Him and live for Him. If not, come to Him now and call on Him for salvation. If you were to die right now and stand before the Lord and He looked down at you and you looked up at Him and He said, “Why should I let you into my Heaven?” What would you say? Could you say, “Father, I should be allowed into Heaven because as a sinner, I placed my faith in Jesus Christ, and in His shed blood and His resurrection from the dead. I have nothing else to claim but faith in Christ.”
My friend, if your answer would have to be anything else, then you need to come this morning and trust Jesus as your Savior. You need to be saved, and let me assure you that there is grace in Christ this morning to save your soul! Please do not delay!
Christian friends, maybe your life has been less than God intended. Do you need to come and make some things right with God today? This altar is open for those who need it.