A Portrait of Transformation
We have gone through the significant faith of Rahab. She certainly demonstrated her faith by her works.
James 2:17-22 “Even so faith, if it has not works is dead, being alone. Do you see that faith was working together with his works, and by works faith was made perfect?”
A Chain of Choices
When we look at Rahab’s faith, we see a series of choices linked together.
What was her first faith link? She chose to believe the spies.
“When Joshua’s scouts said the Israelites would cross the Jordan River and take the land, Rahab believe them. By faith she said, ‘I know that the Lord has given you the land” (Joshua 2:0) and “according to your words, so be it.”
Again, she had heard of the God of Israel and His mighty works through the deliverance of Egypt, the plagues and the miracles. She believed in His supremacy, fastening another link on the chain of her growing faith.
“How long and how strong is your chain of faith? Are you an ever-growing woman of faith? Is that fact evident in the choices you make? Each sunrise, each day, each hour, and each minute brings tests to your faith.” pg 121
Joshua encouraged the Israelites to grow that chain of faith by stating, “Choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve…but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” (Joshua 24:15)
“What you believe and whom you serve will determine your choices and how you work out and act upon your faith – which will determine how you behave. For starters, do you believe God’s word?” pg 122
If you believe God’s word, it will make a big difference in the choices you make! In the culture in which we live, if we are Christians, we need to make hard choices at times, and that takes a chain of faith.
Let’s see how the belief in what God said worked in the faith of a few servants of God.
“Abraham, the father of faith, believed God when He promised “I will make you a great nation.” (Genesis 12:2; 15:6)
“The apostle Paul exhibited this same faith during a storm he encountered as he sailed to Rome. He declared, “I believe God that it will be just as it was told me.” (Acts 27:25) pg 122
What is the different between doubt and faith?
“Doubt sees the obstacles, Faith sees the way.
Doubt sees the darkest night. Faith sees the day.
Doubt dreads to take a step, Faith soars on high,
Doubt questions, “Who believes?” Faith answers “I.”
1 Peter 3:12 “For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers…”
Ephesians 6:10 “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.”
Everything about Rahab’s situation seemed to work against her ever becoming a woman who loved God and trusted in Him. She was a pagan, and she was a prostitute.
….but here is another of Rahab’s choices in her chain of faith.
“Rahab chose to secure a promise – believing in the ultimate triumph of Jehovah, Rahab asked for and received a promise from the spies that they would save her life and all her family members when they returned to annihilate the city.” (Joshua 2:12-14)
There are many promises of God in His word. We can choose to ignore them or we can add to our chain of faith by believing them, trusting that God will bring to pass what He has promised.
Here are a few promises that Christ inspired to be written in God’s word:
—-Jesus promised “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Hebrews 13:5).
—-Paul promised “My God shall supply all your needs according to His riches in gory by Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19)
—-Jesus promised “My grace is sufficient for you.” (2 Corinthians 12:9)
“Your trust in God’s promises – Let us again follow in the footsteps of God’s beautiful woman of gracious faith, Rahab. Let us secure and appropriate God’s promises for ourselves. What is God promising you today? Why not spend some time reading His Word and looking for one of His precious promises. Then, in…and by faith, make the choice to trust.”
Rahab’s Life Before Faith
Place of residence: Jericho
Destiny: Condemnation pg 124
Rahab’s Life After Faith
Place of Residence: Israel
Occupation: Wife and mother
Destiny: Salvation pg 126
What’s Our Life Before Faith
Place of residence: Satan’s world.
Occupation: None of His
Our Life After Faith
Place of Residence: God’s Household
Occupation: Servant of the most High.
Destiny: Eternal life.
Blessings of faith for Rahab
–She and her family were spared during Jericho’s destruction.
—She lived in Israel the rest of her days.
—She married Salmon. She was the mother of Boaz who married Ruth who bore Obed whose son was Jesse, the father of David…through whose line came Jesus, the Messiah and Savior oft he world! (Matthew 1:5-6)] pg 125
Why not take this moment and begin your chain of faith by making choices and following through using God’s word.
The Transformation Blessing
“It’s been a longtime practice of artists to pain over their less impressive works. sometimes when they do so, they end up creating a grand masterpiece on a canvas that once held a less-than-remarkable picture. Prepare yourself, dear woman of faith, as we view just such a canvas in God’s Hebrews 11 portrait gallery. It’s His picture of Rahab. As we look intently at Rahab’s portrait, we see that hers is a picture on a picture, a “before-and-after” composition.”