Joshua Chapter  2

Rahab, A Faith That Works


Intro: Here in the 2nd Chapter of the Book of Joshua we are introduced to an interesting person – Her name was Rahab

A)Rahab is one of only 2 women listed by name in Heb. 11 the great hall of Faith – Chapter list the exploits of those who …… faith in the Lord


B) The other woman listed by name in that Chapter is Sarah – the wife of the great Patriarch Abraham – founder of the Hebrew race

1)   Sarah was a godly wife – whom the Bible holds up as a  example to women of how to support their husbands


C) Rahab on the other hand was a Gentile Prostitute who worshipped pagan gods & sold her body for money


Humanly speaking – these 2 women  had nothing in common - but from a divine perspective - shared a lot!

A)Sarah was barren - by grace of God her womb became fruitful!


B) Rahab led a barren life - but by the grace of God - she was saved & HER life - became useful!

1)   Both Sarah and Rahab are example of women who exercised saving Faith in God


C) In fact James in his epistle uses Rahab as an example of working Faith

James 2:25-26 Likewise, was not Rahab the harlot also justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out another way? 26 For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.


D) James point is this: We know that a person is Saved -not by their works but by Faith – But our Faith is to be a working faith

1)In other words – Our works { the way that we live our lives in obedience to God & to honor God } are evidences that we have faith in the Lord


E) Talk all we want – but our Faith will truly be seen by our actions/ Choices

Today we want to consider the Faith of Rahab: See what we can learn from her example about our faith in the Lord – Note 4 things

A)1st She had a Confession of Faith : We see here in our text that Joshua sent 2 spies into the city of Jericho – 1st Foe –


B) They go to the House of Rahab She hides the spies – on the roof of her house – it is there that we hear her confession of Faith   RDv. 8-11


C) What a confession of faith from the lips of a woman whose life had been imprisoned in pagan idolatry!

1)She believed in one God, not in the multitude of gods that populated the heathen temples.


D) She believed He was a personal God (“your God”), who would work on behalf of those who trusted Him.

1)She believed He was the God of Israel, who would give the land to His people.


E) This God whom she trusted was not limited to one nation or one land, but was the God of heaven and earth.

1) Rahab believed in a great and awesome God!


Romans 10:17 We are told that Faith comes by hearing & hearing by the word of God

A)The inhabitants of Jericho had heard how the Lord delivered his people from Egypt – how He led them thru the Red Sea – Defeated Pharaohs army


B)When they heard that these people were headed in their direction – their hearts were filled w/ Fear

1)But something else happened in the heart of this woman Rahab – She believed that the God of Israel was the one true God v.11


C) Her faith is very innocent – she didn’t know a lot – but she what she heard she believed to be true !!


D)My own Conversion: Heard the word – of the need to ask Christ into my heart – I didn’t want to go to hell

1)   Seen God work this Change in my Father!!


E) So when Rahab heard about the Exploits of this God of Israel she believed that He was the one true God –

1)   When she had the Opportunity to Confess that she does


Importance of Confession: Going  on Record-

A)Identification: Rom 10:9

if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.


Matt 10:32-33

"Therefore whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father who is in heaven.  33 But whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny before My Father who is in heaven. 


B) Rahab was identifying herself w/ the God of Israel


C) 2nd Reason why it is important is for Protection: Rahab would be Protected from the Plight of the rest of the people in Jericho


D) Protection from the World – Go on Record – I am taken

1)   Invite co- workers to Church on Sunday less likely to invite you to party w/ them on Sat.


So First she had a Confession of Faith / 2nd Courageous Faith

A)It took great Courage for her to hide the spies – there in her house knowing full well that the king would be on the look out for these men


B) Courage:




C) Rahab’s faith was courageous in that it propelled her to take a risk to go against the Grain –

1) That is what Courageous faith does


Peter Cartwright, a nineteenth Methodist preacher, was an uncompromising man.  One Sunday morning when he was to preach, he was told that President Andrew Jackson was in the congregation, and warned not to say anything out of line.

When Cartwright stood to preach, he said, "I understand that Andrew Jackson is here.  I have been requested to be guarded in my remarks. Andrew Jackson will go to hell if he doesn't repent."   The congregation was shocked and wondered how the President would respond.  After the service, President Jackson shook hands with Peter Cartwright and said, "Sir, if I had a regiment of men like you, I could whip the world."


D) Courageous Faith is a faith that Cannot be tamed -


Rahab had a courageous faith that led her to go against the grain! She Also had concerned faith - v.12-14

A)She wasn’t just concerned about herself and her salvation: But she wanted to see her family saved as well


B)Mark of a true conversion is a genuine concern for the lost

1) Andrew - fount Peter - brother


C) 2 Kings 7: 3-11 Interesting Illustration of this  -the city of Samaria was surrounded by Syrian forces led by King Benhadad /

1) at that same time there was a great famine in the Land !


D) This put the people in a very vulnerable position / they couldn’t leave the city & no one could get into the city to bring food !

1)As a result the situation looked pretty grim /  in fact we read in Ch. 6 v. 25    25There was a shortage of food in Samaria. It was so bad that a donkey’s head sold for about two pounds of silver, and half of a pint of dove’s dung sold for about two ounces of silver.

The world today is in a similar place spiritually / they are starving

A)Hungering for something to bring lasting fulfillment & Satisfaction in their hearts – something to Fill the Void – the emptiness –


B) They go from one thing to another – still remain empty -

1)Isa. Made note of this problem in ch. 55  Where the Lord says  Why do you spend money for what is not bread, And your wages for what does not satisfy? Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good, And let your soul delight itself in abundance


C) The Lord’s Solution to the Problem -  Everyone who thirsts, Come to the waters; And you who have no money, Come, buy and eat.


The Samaritans were starving to death ! but there were these 4 Lepers

who were Outside the city /

A) Now these 4 lepers say / "Lets go to the Syrian camp "/ die one way or another /    The miracle /   Wow !


B) In the middle of their feasting & celebrating they Catch themselves "This a day of goodnews how can we  remain silent/ This is Not right!

1) Guys we should feel the same way ! We live in a world that is starving /  

    hungry and thirsty / We Know where there is bread ! Bread of life


C) We know Him who declared If anyone is thirsty let him come unto Me & drink / he who comes to me will never hunger / believes will never thirst !


D) We come into this Sanctuary to Celebrate the Lord – to feast upon His goodness – but we must also see beyond these walls – world hungry


E) Things are getting tense in our world – War w/ Iraq / North Korea –

Ezk 38 -  We have good news there is hope in  JC

1)Don’t’ Know what the Future Holds but we know Him who holds the Future



It was Risky for the Lepers to go to the City { People turned on them

A)It was Risky for Rahab to share w/ her family- What if they rejected - what if they turned her in


B) Didn’t matter – She would rather take the risk than see them be destroyed-   That is what a Courageous and Concerned faith does -


C) Risk to share our faith  might be rejected/not get promotion; lose friend

But what if they get saved! Worth the risk

1) Just think we can be used by God to affect a persons life for eternity !



4th thing we want to Consider: Covenant Faith

A)They gave to her a SCARLET CORD to hang from her window  that would be her saving mark. Assurance of Security { That would set her apart


 19 So it shall be that whoever goes outside the doors of your house into the street, his blood shall be on his own head, and we will be guiltless. And whoever is with you in the house, his blood shall be on our head if a hand is laid on him.


C) Now Imagine the number of chances she had to walk away from the place of safety.

1) A number of days would pass before the armies of Israel would come.

     "Hey Rahab, what's that silly scarlet thread in your window?"


D) She could have said: "I'll walk away from the security of the scarlet thread and come back before the judgement comes."

1) But  If she was going to be Secure she couldn’t walk away – And She COULD NOT make any SUBSTITUTES.


E) "Well I like BLUE, not scarlet"- Blue WOULD NOT be recognized as the saving token.

1) If she decided to try to do secure her deliverance by any other way than by abiding under the mark of the scarlet thread would spell destruction.

Here we have a great PICTURE of salvation.

A)See There is one thing that marks us out as the saved of God.-


B)One thing that God sees in our lives that separates us from the rest of the world that awaits judgment.


C) It is not that we go to Church / Not that we are good people / not that we are Religious – None of that

1) It is the THE BLOOD OF JESUS.... The Father sees the blood of Jesus                      applied to my life.


D)God has made a COVENAT with us based upon the blood of Jesus Christ.

1) Just as Rahab was SECURE by abiding under the mark of the scarlet thread so ALL who put there trust in Jesus are SECURE.


E) Same holds true for us – Abiding under the Blood of Christ                              

If her family was to be saved they would have to have the same faith as Rahab.

A)There was no such thing as being saved by relation.-They needed to exercise their faith in the same way Rahab had to.


B) Same for our Friends and Family – Salvation thru the Blood of Christ


C) The message of salvation through faith in the blood of Jesus is a    truth that runs like a scarlet thread throughout all of Scripture.


D)It begins in the Book Genesis when the blood of animals was                    shed by God to make skins to cover Adam and Eve.

1) It ends with the Saints singing in Revelation 5 the SONG OF                    THE LAMB in heaven.