I heard the story of two friends who were talking to each other. One remarked to his friend and said, “Man, you look so depressed. Whatever could you be thinking about to depress you so?” His friend quickly replied, “My future.” “Your future?” his fr … More
Every single one of us has a past. There are very few people today that have not been touched by divorce. We have all heard the statistics that cite that roughly one-half of all marriages ends in divorce. Forty percent of young women before the age of 20 become pregnant here in the United States. Many raise children as single moms, which has become one of the fastest growing segments of the American population. There are a lot of hurting people who become labeled as losers, failures, trouble makers, or insecure, all because either they or someone else close to them made mistakes. However, it is important to know that your past doesn’t have to keep you out of the plan of God.
Rahab was a woman with a past (vv. 1-11). She came from a pagan background (wrong religion), and was a harlot (wrong profession). If ever there was a person who’s past should have hindered them, it was Rahab. Her past was shady at best and immoral at worst. She was not the type of person you would want to teach your children in Sunday School. Many churches wouldn’t even want a woman like Rahab attending for they would be afraid that people would talk. It is interesting to note that in Matthew’s account of the linage of Jesus, the only three women mentioned were all involved in sexual sin. Rahab was a prostitute, Bathsheba, an adulteress, and Tamar, who committed incest with her father-in-law. Yet Rahab became the great, great grandmother of King David.
Remember that the only two women mentioned in the Hebrew 11, “Hall of Fame (Faith)” are Sarah, the godly wife of Abraham, and Rahab, an ungodly Gentile who was a harlot. Talk about the wonderful grace of God. Those who say that God’s grace can’t be found in the Old Testament need to look at Rahab. By faith, she did not perish, and by faith, she received her inheritance. She chose to step out in faith. Listen to her words as she speaks to the spies (vv. 9-11).
I have a choice of who I am going to believe, Satan or God. If God could take a prostitute and include her in His plan, He certainly has a plan for my life.
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Joshua 1:10-18The Order to Cross the Jordan
Joshua 2:1-11Rahab Hides the Spies
Joshua 2:12-24The Spies Promise to Protect Rahab
Joshua 3:1-17Crossing the Jordan
Joshua 4:1-14Two Memorials of Stone are built
Joshua 4:15-24A Reminder to Future Generations
Joshua 5:1-15Preparing for Victory