Rahab Lesson 2 by panniuniu

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									Rahab
Lesson 2
“Rahab Hides the Spies”                      Joshua Chapter 2
Joshua 2:1 (NKJV)
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  Now Joshua the son of Nun sent out two men from Acacia Grove to spy secretly,
saying, “Go, view the land, especially Jericho.”
So they went, and came to the house of a harlot named Rahab, and lodged there.

Q. According to this Scripture, what were the two professions of Rahab?

       1.

       2.

Q. Why did the men stop there?




Q. So, do you think it just so happened that the spies came to the home of Rahab?




Step back and look at God behind the scenes. We can’t just read the verses
without involving God in action. God sent the spies on this day, it was His timing.
He intended for the spies to stop at Rahab’s Inn, don’t be mistaken about that.
They could have hidden in a dark alley and observed what was going on in the city,
or just tried to blend into the crowds of people, but they chose quickly to stop at
this particular Inn at this particular time and on this particular day. God
orchestrated it all; he was leaving nothing to chance. Now, let’s have fun as we
see God working in the Scriptures.

God is sovereign. All through the Scripture from Genesis to Revelation, we see
that God has a Master Plan. We can’t comprehend His thoughts or plans for the
world or for that matter the plans he has for us. Isaiah 55:9, (KJV) “For as the heavens
are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your
thoughts.”

One thing is for sure, we can be confident that His plan will be carried out, and He
will use whomever He wishes to use. All creation belongs to Him. We were created
by Him and for Him. Romans 8:28 (NIV)… all things work together for good to them that
love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.




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Joshua 1:16 (NASB)
And they answered Joshua, saying. “All that you have commanded us we will do,
and wherever you send us we will go.”
Q. What does this tell you about how God had prepared the hearts of the men?




READ Joshua Chapter 2:2-7

Q. What did the king’s orders tell us about what he and the people of Jericho knew
about the Israelites?




Q. The king somehow knew the men had entered Rahab’s house. How do you think
the king knew right where to search first?




Q. How did Rahab respond when she was asked about the men?




Q. What had Rahab done with the men? v.4 & v.6




Q. The last part of verse 7 says, “and as soon as those who were pursuing them
had gone out, they shut the gate.” Why do you think they did that?




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A Glimpse of Faith

Rahab had nothing to gain and everything to lose if her plan of action failed. What
could possibly make a pagan woman, a harlot, risk her life to save two men she did
not know and who were likely spying on her city in order to bring harm to them?
This kind of action would not seem like something that a women of Rahab’s
character would do. Also, she probably would have found great favor in the eyes of
the king if she had turned them in. This make us wonder what’s going with Rahab;
Could it be that God is preparing her heart?



Q. Do you think Rahab was wrong to lie?



The Bible clearly teaches that it’s wrong to lie, but there are many cases that come
to mind, that cause me consider how all this works.

   •   Baby Moses was hidden and the truth was concealed until the right time.

   •   The Christians that hid the Jews during Hitler’s time. The family that hid
       Anne Frank and her family.

   •   The “Under Ground Railroad” during Civil War times, saved so may people
       and helped free slaves.

   •   War times when we have to protect good people from evil.

Maybe is works this way: God has a plan; He uses us to carry out His plan, but
human frailties and weaknesses are in every situation even when God is using us.
We are imperfect, but God works it out for His glory.

Q. Do you think, given the profession Rahab was in, that lying came fairly easy to
her?




READ Exodus 1:15-20 In these scriptures it tells us that God honored the
Egyptian midwives when they lied to Pharaoh and did not kill the newborn Hebrew
baby boys.

I think the main thing we need to remember here is; her actions earned her the
right to be honored for saving the men. (ref. Hebrews 11:31)




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