Bible Study


The Context. When the spies arrived in Jericho, they entered into what everyone thought was a harlot’s house. After all, no one would be suspicious of men entering a house of ill repute. However, when they entered Rahab’s house, they found a woman who had already been touched by the Spirit and power of God. Her name was still Rahab, but Rahab was reborned!  God was in the process of rehabilitating this woman’s entire life.

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 change any life that is brought to Him. Regardless of how wicked, how broken, how lost or how wretched it may be.

I want to share some facts about this woman’s life that are made clear by this text.

I. v. 1                     RAHAB AND HER CONDITION
Rahab in her past life is a picture of those individuals who have never been saved. Notice how this is true.

A. v. 1 She Was Defiled –  A Harlot, living in a lost, pagan city. Eph. 2:3 “Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.”; Rom. 3:10-23; Gal. 3:22. The lost person is in a helpless and hopeless condition, Eph. 2:12. Their sinful condition renders them unclean and unable to have fellowship with God, Isa. 59:2.

B. v. 1 She Was Dead – Rahab was living her life, but spiritually, she was devoid of life. She was dead in her sins. This is the condition of every person outside of a relationship with the Lord Jesus today, Eph. 2:1 “And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;”; 4:18 “Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart:”

This is a spiritual death, not a physical death and spiritual death always ends in the Second Death, Rom. 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”; 

Rev. 20:14 “ And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.”.

C. v. 1 She Was Doomed – As a resident of Jericho, Rahab had a death sentence hanging over here head. She had already been judged by the Lord and she didn’t even know it! The same things is true concerning every person who does not know Jesus Christ. 

John 3:18 “He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.”; 3:36 “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.”

Sentence has been passed and the judgment has been set, Psa. 9:17 “The wicked shall be turned into hell,”; 

In spite of her lifestyle; in spite of her pagan background; in spite of her lost condition; God had given her many years worth of grace and warnings. 

How much time did He give you? What a gracious God we serve!  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 “ And the Lord said, My spirit shall not always strive with man,”; John 6:44 “No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him:”; 

Isa. 55:6 “Seek ye the Lord while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near:”; 

Pro. 27:1 “Boast not thyself of to morrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.”; 

Pro. 29:1 “He, that being often reproved hardeneth his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy.”

It is a dangerous thing to delay coming to the Lord!

II. v. 2-13                 RAHAB AND HER CONFESSION

By the time the spies arrived in Jericho, Rahab had already been visited by the Lord. Before they have a chance to tell her who they are, she tells them what she knows about them and about their God. Turns out, she knew a lot already.  Rahab had probably already repented of her sins and looked to God for salvation before the spies arrived at her door, Heb. 11:31 “By faith the harlot Rahab perished not with them that believed not,”; 

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 of Jericho to embrace the God of glory by faith!

Rahab’s 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 “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”; 

The lost person sees the need and claims the invitation of the Spirit of God to come to Jesus by faith, John 6:47 “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life.”; 

Acts 16:31 “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved,”; Eph. 2:8 “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.”. 

It sounds too simple and too good to be true doesn’t it? That’s how salvation comes to everyone who receives it. 

How people try to get it. There is only one way and that way is Jesus.

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! (Ill. The saved person demonstrates a saved life by the works they do, Eph. 2:10 “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.”; 

James 2:18 “Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.”

The difference between the works of the flesh and the fruit of the Spirit, Gal. 5:19-24. 

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. When you know Him, you will want to see others come to know Him too! You will pray for them; tell them; love them; and warn them. You won’t be satisfied to see them live and die without Jesus.  

Andrew – John 1:40-42; Gaderene Demoniac – Mark 5:1-20; when their life was changed, they wanted to share.

C. Proven By Her New Life – When Rahab came under the umbrella of the nation of Israel, everything in her life was transformed. The same day the walls of Jericho fell down, she received a brand new life. Rahab is once again a picture of the person who has come to Jesus by faith.

When a person is saved by the grace of God, everything changes for them forever, 2 Cor. 5:17; John 3:3; John 10:10. 

1. New Realities – (6:20-25) – She was spared from judgment and death.  v. 18 – The Scarlet cord made the difference. It is the blood of Jesus that sets the sinner free from the sentence imposed by the wrath of God, 

Rom. 5:9 “Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.”; 

1 Pet. 1:18 “Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; 19 But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:”;  

The blood of the Lamb in Egypt, Ex. 12. The blood alone makes the difference!

2. New Relatives – (Ruth 4:21; Matt. 1:5) – Rahab’s new family connections. 

When a sinner is saved, they are removed from Adam’s family and adopted into God’s family, 

Rom. 8:15 “For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.”; 

1 John 3:1 “Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. 2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.” 

They become His heirs, Rom. 8:17 “And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; ”. 

3. New Reputation – Matt. 1:5 – Rahab was taken from a house of shame and wound up in the hall of fame! 

Hebrews 11:31 “By faith the harlot Rahab perished not with them that believed not,”

Victory Baptist Church 16 September 2020 

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