“HOW IS YOUR FAITH” PART 2

Joshua 2:1-22

Rachab, KJV perhaps an early sign that God’s grace and forgiveness is extended to all, that it is not limited by nationality or the nature of a person’s sins.

The Scriptures do not tell us how Rahab, who came out of a culture where harlotry and idolatry were acceptable, recognized Jehovah as the one true God. But her insights recorded in Joshua 2:9-11 leave no doubt that she did so.

This Canaanite woman’s declaration of faith led the writer of the Epistle to the Hebrews to cite Rahab as one of the heroes of faith Hebrew 11:31, while James commended her as an example of one who has been justified by works James 2:25.

According to Hebrew tradition, Rahab was one of the four most beautiful women in the world and was the ancestor of eight prophets, including Jeremiah and the prophetess Huldah.

Her name means “broad,” “large”. When the Hebrews were encamped at Shittim, in the “Arabah” or Jordan valley opposite Jericho, ready to cross the river, Joshua, as a final preparation, sent out two spies to “spy the land.”

After five days they returned, having swum across the river, which at this season, the month Abib, overflowed its banks from the melting of the snow on Lebanon.

The spies reported how it had fared with them (Joshua 2:1-7). They had been exposed to danger in Jericho, and had been saved by the fidelity of Rahab the harlot, to whose house they had gone for protection.

When the city of Jericho fell (6:17-25), Rahab and her whole family were preserved according to the promise of the spies, and were incorporated among the Jewish people.

Rahab’s being asked to bring out the spies to the soldiers (Joshua 2:3) sent for them, is in strict keeping with Eastern manners, which would not permit any man to enter a woman’s house without her permission.

Hebrews 11:31, “By faith the harlot Rahab perished not with them that believed not, when she had received the spies with peace.”

TO BE CONLUDED TOMORROW!

“HOW IS YOUR FAITH?”

Joshua 2:1-22,
 
Stay with me on this one for three days and I believe you will agree, this has been very helpful.
This morning we are not going to speak about one of the giants of the faith like Noah, Abraham, Moses, Gideon, David, Samuel or Paul. But we are going to focus our attention on a harlot who was used of God.
 
RAHAB harlot of Jericho who hid two Hebrew spies, helping them to escape, and who became an ancestor of David and Jesus Joshua 2:1-21; 6:17-25; Matthew 1:5.
 
Rahab’s house was on the city wall of Jericho. Rahab, who manufactured and dyed linen, secretly housed the two spies whom Joshua sent to explore Jericho and helped them escape by hiding them in stalks of flax on her roof Joshua 2:6.
 
Rahab sent the king’s messengers on a false trail, and then let the two spies down the outside wall by a rope through the window of her house Joshua 2:15.
 
When the Israelites captured Jericho, they spared the house with the scarlet cord in the window– a sign that a friend of God’s people lived within.
 
Rahab, therefore, along with her father, her mother, her brothers, and all her father’s household, was spared. Apparently she and her family were later brought into the nation of Israel.
 
Matthew refers to Rahab as the wife of Salmon Ruth 4:20-21; Matthew 1:4-5; Luke 3:32; Salma, 1 Chronicles 2:11.
 
Their son Boaz married Ruth and became the father of Obed, the grandfather of Jesse, and the great-grandfather of David. Thus, a Canaanite harlot became part of the lineage of King
 
David out of which the Messiah came Matthew 1:5, “Salmon the father of Boaz, whose mother was Rahab, Boaz the father of Obed, whose mother was Ruth, Obed the father of Jesse.”
 
CONTINUED TOMORROW!

“HOW TO LIVE IN THE FUTURE TODAY!” PART 2

Read Ecclesiastes 11:9-12L1.
 
Why don’t we all decide to live right and for Good so that we can have good memories in the future? Do you have pleasure in your memories? Isn’t that what we are really doing to shape the future, by shaping our memories for the future?
 
Don’t trade five minutes of fun for good memories. Will you look back to this summer with pleasure? Or, will you say, “I have no pleasure in them?” Who is the real you? What is he or she all about? Are you different from what your family sees at home? Do you live by double standards?
 
That is exactly where most of our depression comes from in the future. How can I live a future with good memories? What happened to Solomon that he had no pleasure in his memories? How can we avoid making the same mistake?
 
11:9 – LEARN TO REJOICE IN GOD’S BLESSINGS TODAY.
 
I. Act your “own” age.
 
In other words, live your age, and don’t rush the washing machine.
 
II. Add to your years.
 
Or, as Dr. Hyles used to say, “be a childish, juvenile, adult.”
 
III. Arrive at your goal.
 
Set you mind on a goal and don’t get off track. Remember to “Finish Strong.” Make that your goal: by living and doing right today. Two problems:
You get discouraged and quit.
You want to get there too soon.
 
Examples: Quitting school, or getting your sexual desires before marriage. In football the key is teamwork and the goal is to get the first touch down, then another tough down and then win.
 
PART 3 TOMORROW!

“HOW TO LIVE IN THE FUTURE TODAY!” PART 1.

Read Ecclesiastes 11:9-12:1
All of us, the best of us, the worst of us are going to face the future. Good times as well as bad times; periods of joy as well as periods of depression, etc.
 
Some may live a very short and some a very long life. Some will be basically happy and others unhappy.
 
Since it has been almost a week since my last devotional. I thought this topic would be a good one to start up again. We ought to at least give some attention to loving and thinking of others.
 
Think of this: Most of our depression comes as a direct result of our past. Let me explain: Most of our depression comes because we have bad memories (be they right or wrong).
 
What are you saying? King Solomon did not have good memories, because he lived for now and found all to be vanity. Read 2:1-11. Solomon is looking back to his younger years and finds no pleasure in them.
 
How about you, young person; how will you look back to your youth. Will it be with a broken heart and no pleasure in them, or will it be with joy and gladness of heart that you did the right thing.
 
How many of us parents wish we could go back to our youth to change some things? The real you is going to reveal himself to you and others this summer if changes are not made.
 
Some are going to fall by the wayside this year, while others will continue to grow and have given to them new fields of opportunity for the future. Some will look back to this summer with bad memories, others with good.
 
Here is food for thought: How many people will be able to point to you with things you will not want to remember at the end of the summer or some date in the future?

“THE CROSS, THE BLOOD AND THE RESURRECTION” CONCLUSION!

Read Hebrews 9:1-14 if time permits.
 
Jesus purchased our eternal home when He resurrected from the dead and our home here on the earth – the church. It had to be God’s blood not men. It was God’s blood flowing through the veins Jesus. It takes both Calvary and the mercy seat. To whom do you pay a debt? To the one you owe it.
 
To whom do we owe the sin debt? Jesus! To whom should we pay it? Is it paid by joining the church, baptism, etc? No, the debt must be paid.
 
All other things, good as they may be; will not pay the debt. It’s like telling your doctor that you will pray for him, wash his car, etc.
 
Read Hebrews 9:12. The Holy Place! Follow me: The Lamb was slain and had to be spilled on the alter. Think about how the priest sprinkled the blood. Jesus died as a lamb.
 
Hallelujah, He arose as a Priest, and the priest’s duty is to sprinkle the blood on the mercy seat.
 
The blood on the cross was not enough; it had to be sprinkled on the mercy seat. That’s why Jesus had to be raised from the dead and go to heaven to sprinkle the blood on the mercy seat. Not just the blood on the cross but also on the mercy seat. Shed blood is not sufficient, it must be applied blood.
 
Remember in Exodus it had to be applied to the door post.
 
Spill blood all you want to, but if not applied it is just spilled blood. The only way the job could be completed was for Jesus to rise from the dead and go to heaven to do it because He is the High Priest.
 
Atonement had to be made. It had to be applied where it was owed – in the very presence of God. What is the blood doing there on the mercy seat?
 
Hebrews 12:24, “It speaketh.” Wow! It is still speaking about 35 years later– this was written in 65 AD and now 2,000 years later it is still speaking.
 
According to Genesis 4:10 only God hears speaking blood.
 
We have far too much preaching on what we have accomplished. What we need is more preaching on the power of the cross, the blood and the resurrection. HAPPY RESURRECTION DAY!

“THE BLOOD AND THE RESURRECTION!”

Hebrews 9:1-14, verses 12-14 text.
 
How do the blood and the resurrection go together? Without the shedding of blood there would be no need of the resurrection. Acts 20:28, “which He purchased with His own blood.”
 
What did Jesus purchase? His local church. Acts 20:17, “the church is EklesiaMore was purchased on Calvary than your salvation.
 
Isaiah 53:4-5, “Surely He hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: But He was wounded (tormented) for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon Him; and with His stripes we are healed.”
 
So, He purchased more than our salvation and church, but also our grief, sorrow, iniquity and healing. “Which He hath purchased with His own blood.”
 
TWO THINGS are necessary for a purchase:
 
1. You have to have money.
2. It has to be paid in the right place.
 
You can write a check, but must take it to the right place.
 
Take your power and phone bill for example. If you mail your phone bill to the power company neither bill is paid.
 
Now follow me: If Jesus purchased us with His own blood:
 
1. He had to pay the price.
2. He had to take it to the right place.
 
You will remember that the priest had to go into the Holy of Holies once a year to make atonement for his people.
 
The price had to be paid – the lamb had to be sacrificed, and the blood had to be put in the right place – on the mercy seat.
 
CONCLUDED TOMORROW!

“HOW TO DISCOURAGE YOUR CHILD!”

Ephesians 6:1-4
 
Colossians 3:21, “Fathers, provoke not your children [to anger], lest they be discouraged.”
 
I. CONSTANTLY FUSS AT THEM.
 
II. THINK OF YOUR NEEDS FIRST.
 
III. EMBARRASS THEM PUBLICLY.
 
IV. COMPARE THEM WITH SOMEONE BETTER.
 
V. DON’T SPEND MUCH TIME WITH THEM.
 
VI. DON’T TAKE TIME TO LOVE THEM AFTER DISCIPLINE.
 
VII. WHEN THEY HAVE A QUESTION, SAY, “NOT NOW, I AM TOO BUSY.”
 
VIII. FUSS AT THEM WHEN THEY MAKE A MISTAKE, EVEN IF NOT REBELLION.
 
IX. NEVER LET THEM HEAR YOU PRAY, READ THE BIBLE, OR SING A SONG.
 
X. NEVER TELL THEM OR ASSURE THEM OF YOUR LOVE.
 
XI. DON’T HUG THEM OR BE AFFECTIONATE TOO MUCH.
 
XII. NEVER REWARD THEM FOR DOING RIGHT.
 
XIII. ARGUE OR DISAGREE WITH YOUR SPOUSE IN FRONT OF THEM.
 
XIV. SMOTHER THEM WITH YOUR LOVE.
 
LET’S LEARN WHAT WE CAN DO TO REALLY ENCOURAGE OUR CHILD.