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Scripture at Sunrise 4.16.2012

Sunday Evening| Pastor Steve Wainright
Joshua 2:1-24 | Sermon Audio

“(Rahab) said to the men, “I know that the LORD has given you the land, and that the fear of you has fallen upon us, and that all the inhabitants of the land melt away before you. For we have heard how the LORD dried up the water of the Red Sea before you when you came out of Egypt, and what you did to the two kings of the Amorites who were beyond the Jordan, to Sihon and Og, whom you devoted to destruction. 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.” –Joshua 2:9-11

God uses the ungodly to accomplish His purposes. (vs. 1-7) He’s working in Rahab the harlot’s house and He’s working in the camp of Israel.

Rahab had lots of faith. The foundation of her faith? She heard what God did. Our faith is built on what God has done and His Word. “Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God.”

God’s Word is faithful, sure, and true, but sometimes we need an assurance of all of this. The real reason the spies went into the land was for encouragement. (vs. 24) God’s faithfulness came through and gave them encouragement and the confidence they needed to go into the land.

Rahab was a trophy of God’s grace. She ended up in the lineage of Christ (Matthew 1:5) and bore witness to the faithfulness of God and His Word. If not for the grace of God, we would be consumed by His wrath.

Scripture at Sunrise 2.19.09

“…’My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.’  Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”  -2 Corinthians 12:9

“If you have shallow sorrows you will receive shallow graces. If you have deep afflictions you will obtain deeper proof of God’s faithfulness.” —Spurgeon, Beside Still Waters.

[via Josh Harris]