Tamar and Judah. Rahab and Salmon. Ruth and Boaz. Bathsheba and David. The Church and Jesus.
What do these couples have in common? They are all in the Bible? Yes. They are all in Jesus genealogy? Yes.
And most astoundingly, each had a history with harlotry. Respectively, the dress, the (former) identity, or the actions of these couples contain some element related idolatry, adultery, or prostitution.
Finding a place in this redemptive story, Sunday’s sermon considered the incredible story of Rahab and how God saved her from a life of prostitution and a city on the verge of destruction. With many themes that touched on the fabric of salvation, we saw God had mercy on this woman and can have mercy on anyone who believes.
You can listen to the sermon online. Response questions and additional resources can be found below.
- How do the spies of Joshua 2 contrast with the spies of Numbers 13?
- What observations can you make about Rahab?
- Do any aspects of this story surprise you?
- What does Rahab believe about God?
- How do you see the mercy of God in this story?
- Do you see any significance in the scarlet cord?
- What does the New Testament testify about Rahab in Matthew 1:5, Hebrews 11:31, and James 2:25?
- What truths are visible in this story? What might application of this narrative look like?