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IS THERE A THREAD OF EVIDENCE THAT YOU HAVE FAITH?
DR. NELSON PRICE
HEBREWS 11: 31
March 2, 1997
Jesus Christ had a skeleton in His closet. He was
Immanuel, God with us. As such He "...being in the
form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal
with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking
the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness
of men" (Philippians 2:6-7).
Thus, He was God in human form. As with all of us the
family tree of His earthly parents could be traced.
Luke traces it through His mother and Matthew through
Joseph, His earthly guardian. Matthew 1 is one of the
most boring passages in the Bible. It is a list of
"begats." In verse 5 appears the name of the infamous
Have you ever been embarrassed by your ancestry? Are
you like the fellow who looked up his family tree and
shut up? Most of us have some shady characters in our
family. I have some wonderful ones but others we won't
talk about. Jesus had Rahab.
I am glad she is there because her transformed life is
a challenging example to all. It offers hope to the
"whosoever" of John 3:16. If she can make it anyone
In a tropical rain forest on a rotten decaying log a
beautiful orchid may grow. Out of an immoral life an
equally unexpected and beautiful spiritual flower may
Listed right along with the greats of Hebrews 11 is
Rahab, a most disreputable person. Let's explore her
nefarious life and gain the inspiration and
encouragement it offers.
Her story is told more fully in Joshua 2.
Rahab is noted in the Smithsonian of Faith in Hebrews
11:31 as "the harlot Rahab." Typo, maybe? No, she
belongs there. Her newfound faith became a faith that
was observable. So can yours.
I. SHE WAS CONDEMNED (VS. 9)
Before Joshua entered the land of promise he sent
spies into Jericho. They chose a most unusual place to
hide -- the house of a prostitute. Her career causes
moral revulsion for ma ...
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