Rehab – The Women Who Got Serious About Forgiveness

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Sermon Notes

So today I want to take us to meet a woman who you really don’t hear a lot from; her name is Rahab. She was a woman with a checkered past who would wind up in the lineage of the messiah, but she was an unlikely source of wisdom like a lot of other people we have heard of or know. Sometimes though it is the unlikely hero’s that make the most impact on our lives; here are a couple of examples.

One early high school report said, “This person doesn’t wear socks; doesn’t cut his hair; might be mentally retarded.” This was a report for a young man named Albert Einstein.

There was another man being interviewed for a football coach position. His report came back: “He knows a little bit about football but probably won’t go too far.” The man was Vince Lombardi.

Another report was very interesting on two young men: “They have crazy ideas. They are idealistic and somewhat comical.” This was about two brothers, Orville and Wilbur Wright.

These reports indicated that these people would have nothing to say. Well, the same is true with a woman named Rahab, the harlot.

Matthew, Chapter One mentions four women in the Old Testament. They are part of the genealogy that ends up in the Person of Jesus Christ. God handpicks and mentions four women: Tamar, Ruth, Bathsheba and Rahab the prostitute.

For some reason God places these four women, of which two were foreigners – not even Israelites – and all four were suspect in character and reputation. God puts them in and one of the four ends up in the Hall of Faith. Rahab the harlot is the one who was inducted in the Hall of Faith.

Why did He induct her into the Hall of Faith? Her story is found in Joshua 2 and 4, but first let’s see how the writer in Hebrews 11 introduces Rahab.

By faith the walls of Jericho fell down after they had been encircled for seven days. By faith Rahab the harlot did not perish along with those who were disobedient, after she had welcomed the spies in peace” (Hebrews 11:30-31 NASB).