Masterpiece of Mercy
May 8, 2011
Introduction: This passage tells the story of a woman who had a past yet became a prominent figure in Hebrew history. Generations would look upon Rahab as one of the most fortunate women ever to find refuge in the mercy of God. This passage contains the story of unbelievable hope. Rahab's story illustrates the wonder and beauty of God's grace with fairy-tale drama.
You can't read this story without celebrating the fact and reality that it's not a past that has to paralyze us but a present and future that can propel us.
In many ways Rahab's story is our story. Each of us has a label. The reality is the embarrassment your label reflects is not an obstacle to God's grace. Grace doesn't require people with embarrassing labels to shed those labels as a prerequisite. Grace is what empowers us to do so. Grace doesn't demand.
Grace assists. Grace is slow to judge and quick to deliver.
Eph 3:20, "Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us."
Rahab means "broad", which could very well speak of the road she had traveled.
Matt 7:13, ""Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it."
Rahab is mentioned in three different books of our Bible. (Joshua, Hebrews, James) Every time, without exception, she is referred to as a harlot. This is not to humiliate her or to demean her memory, but to cast in bold relief the grace of God that saved her. Regardless of the kind of life a person has lived, there is forgiveness for sin and eternal life available in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Romans 5:20b, "But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound."
The Bible is not only quick to mention Rahab's past, but to magnify her present state. The two times that Rahab is mentioned in the N.T., Hebrews and James, she is in the context of Sarah ...
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