Posted by: heisourstrongtower | April 21, 2014

Women of the Bible Study ~ Focus on Rahab

Today we begin the study and of Rahab in our Women of the Bible study. The key scriptures for today are, Joshua 2:1-21; Joshua 6:17-25; Matthew 1:5; Hebrews 11:31; and James 2:25.

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Joshua+2%3A1-21&version=ESV

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Joshua+6%3A17-25&version=ESV

5 “and Salmon the father of Boaz by Rahab, and Boaz the father of Obed by Ruth, and Obed the father of Jesse,” Matthew 1:5

31 “By faith Rahab the prostitute did not perish with those who were disobedient, because she had given a friendly welcome to the spies.” Hebrews 11:31

25 “And in the same way was not also Rahab the prostitute justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out by another way?” James 2:25

The Bible has given you the foundation for this story, now click on the link below for how our authors are sharing the story with us.

http://www.biblegateway.com/devotionals/women-of-the-bible/2014/03/17

11 “And as soon as we heard it, our hearts melted, and there was no spirit left in any man because of you, for the Lord your God, he is God in the heavens above and on the earth beneath. 12 Now then, please swear to me by the Lord that, as I have dealt kindly with you, you also will deal kindly with my father’s house, and give me a sure sign 13 that you will save alive my father and mother, my brothers and sisters, and all who belong to them, and deliver our lives from death.” 14 And the men said to her, “Our life for yours even to death! If you do not tell this business of ours, then when the Lord gives us the land we will deal kindly and faithfully with you.” Joshua 2:11-14

What a story to read on this day after Easter!  I see a direct correlation between what Jesus did on the cross for us and what the spies did for Rahab and her family.  “Our life for yours even to death!”

Rahab believed in the truth of God, “for the Lord your God, he is God in the heavens above and on the earth beneath!” She testified to the truth, she didn’t just talk the talk either, she walked the walk.  She gained freedom from death for her family by taking ahold of the truth that can only be found when we believe in the God of the heavens and the earth!

She had heard all the stories about what the Israelites had been going through on the journey to the promised land.  This was through word of mouth…no one filmed the parting of the Red Sea, there were no news reporters filming a first-hand account of the battles at Sihon and Og…she took this news on faith, just like we are today.  The faith and knowledge that can only come from hearts that are tuned to God and His word.  She knew in her heart that these stories were not fairy tales, these events actually occurred and were ordained by God.

Even though Sunday has come and gone, let’s keep the reason for the season of Easter alive in our hearts and our minds. Let’s picture Jesus mouthing the words, “My life for yours even to death!”

Thank You, Jesus!

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