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The Faith Dare      Joshua 2:1,6, 2:8-15; 6:22-23      June 10, 2012


Introduction

This lesson is a good example of the Lord using a person who has been involved in pronounced sin.

Have you ever talked to people who said their sin was so big they could not be forgiven? Show them how the Lord used Rahab. He took The Faith Dare. Let us believe everyone can be forgiven and serve the Lord.

 

1.   Dare to Share Your . . Words by Faith. Josh.2:1,8-13

       A.   Sharing Your Words will Require . . Following Orders. 2:1

       1 Joshua son of Nun secretly sent two men as spies from the Acacia Grove, saying, “Go and scout the land,

       especially Jericho.” So they left, and they came to the house of a woman, a prostitute named Rahab, and

       stayed there.

       B.   Sharing Your Words May Cause . . Finding Unusual Faith. 2:8-11

       8 Before the men fell asleep, she went up on the roof 9 and said to them, “I know that the LORD has given

you this land and that the terror of you has fallen on us, and everyone who lives in the land is panicking

       because of you. 10 For we have heard how the LORD dried up the waters of the Red Sea before you when

       you came out of Egypt, and what you did to Sihon and Og, the two Amorite kings you completely

       destroyed across the Jordan. 11 When we heard this, we lost heart, and everyone’s courage failed because of

       you, for the LORD your God is God in heaven above and on earth below.


       How would you like to be given the opportunity of being one of two spies sent to investigate Jericho for the

purpose of conquering it. The people earlier made the promise to Joshua “All that you command us we will do,

and wherever you send us we will go.” These two spies got the opportunity to put their promise into a reality.

They followed the orders from Joshua and set out to obey. What did they find as they went to Jericho? Among

other things they found the unusual faith of Rahab. This lady expressed an interest in the activity of the Lord

and a belief of what He intended to do in their city. We can ask many questions about Rahab and her expressed

faith. But she was chosen by the Lord to be in the linage for the birth of Christ. 


2.   Dare to Share Your . . Ways by Faith. Josh.2:12-13

       A.   The Ways of . . Showing Kindness. 2:12
12 Now please swear to me by the LORD that you will also show kindness to my family, because I showed kindness to you. Give me a sure sign

 

       B.   The Ways of . . Saving Kindred. 2:13
13 that you will spare the lives of my father, mother, brothers, sisters, and all who belong to them, and save us from death.”

       Rahab made a reasonable request for kindness because she had shared kindness. The spies appeared to be willing by faith to grant her request. This came as a response to their appreciation for her action and faith in the total purpose of the Lord for them and their nation. The result of their action provided a promise to save Rahab’s kindred. How do we react to Rahab’s lifestyle and her lies to save the men and the Lord allowing her

to be listed in the family tree of Jesus. It should encourage us that Jesus can use sinful people because all of us are sinful.





3.    Dare to Share Your . . Willing Attitude. Josh.2:6, 14-15

       A.   Rahab’s Willingness . . Displayed. 2:6

6 But she had taken them up to the roof and hidden them among the stalks of flax that she had arranged on the roof.

       B.   Rahab’s Willingness . . Drew A Promise from The Spies. 2:14-15

14 The men answered her, “⌊We will give⌋ our lives for yours. If you don’t report our mission, we will show kindness and faithfulness to you when the LORD gives us the land.” 15 Then she let them down by a rope through the window, since she lived in a house that was ⌊built⌋ into the wall of the city.

       C.   Rahab’s Willingness . . Derived the Fulfillment of the Spies Promise. 2:22-23

22 Joshua said to the two men who had scouted the land, “Go to the prostitute’s house and bring the woman out of there, and all who are with her, just as you promised her.”
23 So the young men who had scouted went in and brought out Rahab and her father, mother, brothers, and all who belonged to her. They brought out her whole family and settled them outside the camp of Israel.


       Rahab made a daring act of faith by fixing the flax on her roof to hid the men and then not to tell the authorities what she did with the spies. Her brave action drew the promise of the spies to grant her and her kindred safety when the men of Israel came back to conquer the land familiar to her and her family. This story got back to Joshua and he ordered the solders to go back and get Rahab and her family out of the land and settled them outside the of the camp of Israel. Surely this action serves as The Faith Dare. Amen? Amen !