STUDY TWO: RAHAB – Joshua 2 and 6
© Rosemary Bardsley 2015
1. IS THIS WOMAN TOO BAD FOR A GOOD GOD?
Fill in Rahab’s Resume from the verses listed
Jericho was a city in the land of Canaan. God had promised Abraham that he would give this land to him and his descendants, so when Moses led the Israelite slaves out of Egypt he led them towards Canaan. Now Moses has died, and Joshua was leading the people.
God knew that the people in the land of Canaan were very wicked:
Deuteronomy 9:4 ‘… it is on account of the wickedness of these nations that the Lord is going to drive them out before you.’
Deuteronomy 18:9-12 ‘When you enter the land the Lord your God is giving you, do not learn to imitate the detestable ways of the nations there. Let no one be found among you who sacrifices his son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead. Anyone who does these things is detestable to the Lord, and because of these detestable practices the Lord your God will drive out those nations before you.’
Leviticus 18:24,25 ‘Do not defile yourselves in any of these ways, because this is how the nations that I am going to drive out before you became defiled. Even the land was defiled; so I punished it for its sin, and the land vomited out its inhabitants.’
Rahab belonged to these nations which were condemned to judgement and destruction because of their extreme wickedness.
2. WAS RAHAB ANY DIFFERENT?
Rahab had one thing that the rest of the people in Jericho did not have: she had genuine faith in the one true God. It was this faith that caused her to hide the spies; it was this faith that caused her to lie to her own people so that the spies would not be found; it was this faith that made her ask for protection for herself and her family.
She acknowledged that God was God. She did not know very much about him, but what she did know made her realize that he was the true God.
Read these verses and list what they say about her faith.
3. HOW WOULD RAHAB FEEL?
Rahab only has a few facts about God, and she has not trusted him for very long. She is a new believer. She knows that her city is going to be destroyed.
Select from these feelings to describe how Rahab would feel in the two situations listed below - relieved, amazed, anxious, hope, unsure, doubt, suspense, helplessness, tension, fidgety, worry, happiness, fear, thankful, committed
How Rahab would feel before the battle
How Rahab would feel after the battle
4. IT'S THE SAME TODAY
Our world today is the same: it is involved in the same kinds of sins, and God’s judgement is going to fall.
Read these verses in Romans 1:18-32 and list what they say about all of mankind:
5. IF THE WORLD IS SO WICKED, HOW CAN ANYONE ESCAPE GOD'S JUDGMENT?
Rahab escaped the judgement of God that fell on Jericho. The only thing that was different about her was that she had come to genuine faith in the true God.
What does the Bible say about how we can be saved from God’s judgement?