Moving Out Always Requires Faith * Pastor Jerry Ghirardo

Joshua 2:1-24

June 17, 2018

1. Moving out requires WISDOM.

Joshua 2:1 - Joshua secretly sent two spies out to gain intel about Jehrico, and they entered the house of a prostitute named Rahab.

James 1:5 - "Do any of you need wisdom? Ask God for it...But when you ask God, you must believe." (Faith and wisdom are connected.)

2. You don't need to be PERFECT for God to use you.

Joshua 2 - God chose Rahab a prostitute to help the Israelites conquer Jehrico.

Hebrews 11:31 - "By faith the prostitute Rahab, because she welcome the spies, was not killed with those who were disobedient."

Matthew 1:5 - "Rahab is listed as one of Jesus' ancestors. She was the wife of Salmon (one of the two spies) and the mother of Boaz, who married Ruth.

3. Moving out requires FAITH.

Joshua 2:9 - "I know that the Lord has given you this land and that a great fear of you has fallen on us." Rahab believed in the Lord even though she was not an Israelite.

Joshua 2:19 - "We have heard how the Lord dried up the water of the Red Sea for you when you came out of Egypt..." Rahab believed in the Lord based upon the evidence of what the Lord had done.

Joshua 2:4-6 - Rahab risks her life to hide the spies. Her courage and faith in the Lord led to her protection and the salvation of her family.

4. Moving out leads to the SALVATION of others.

Joshua 2:12 - "...Please swear to me by the Lord...that you will spare the lives of my father and mother, my brothers and sisters, and all who belong to them - and that you will save us from death." Rahab's faith helps her to save her whole family.

Joshua 6:23 - "So the young men who had done the spying went in and brought out Rahab, her father and mother, her brothers and sisters, and all who belonged to her. They brought out her entire family and put them in a place outside the camp of Israel."

Romans 11:17 - "As a wild olive shoot, you were grafted in among the others." Rahab and her family were grafted in to the Israelites and become part of the covenant relationship between God and the Israelites. In the same way, we gentiles have been saved by the sacrifice of Christ and grafted in to the family of God.