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BIG IDEA- Our God Loves to Redeem, Not Throw Away

1. Yahweh Redeemed Israel’s Story and Rahab’s


Joshua 2:1 (NLT)

“Then Joshua secretly sent out two spies from the Israelite camp at Acacia Grove. He instructed them, ‘Scout out the land on the other side of the Jordan River, especially around Jericho.’ So the two men set out and came to the house of a prostitute named Rahab and stayed there that night.”


Joshua 2:4, 8-9, 12-13 (NLT)

“Rahab had hidden the two men. . . Before the spies went to sleep that night, Rahab went up on the roof to talk with them. ‘I know the Lord has given you this land’ . . . ‘Now swear to me by the Lord that you will be kind to me and my family since I have helped you. Give me some guarantee that when Jericho is conquered, you will let me live, along with my father and mother, my brothers and sisters, and all their families.’”


Joshua 2:15-16 (NLT)

“Then, since Rahab’s house was built into the town wall, she let them down by a rope through the window. ‘Escape to the hill country,’ she told them. 'Hide there for three days from the men searching for you. Then, when they have returned, you can go on your way.’”


Joshua 2:23-24 (NLT)

“Then the two spies came down from the hill country, crossed the Jordan River, and reported to Joshua all that had happened to them. ‘The Lord has given us the whole land,’ they said, ‘for all the people in the land are terrified of us.’”


Hebrews 11:31 (NLT)

“It was by faith that Rahab the prostitute was not destroyed with the people in her city who refused to obey God. For she had given a friendly welcome to the spies.”


Matthew 1:5 (NLT)

“Salmon was the father of Boaz (whose mother was Rahab). Boaz was the father of Obed (whose mother was Ruth). Obed was the father of Jesse.”

ACTION STEPS


1. PRAYERFULLY ask the Father, where is the brokenness in my life? Maybe it is painfully obvious. Maybe you’ve pushed it down under the surface and you need Him to bring it back out in the open for you.

2. SURRENDER your story to Him. Let Him redeem what is broken and make something beautiful and amazing out of it.

3. ASK God to make your story of redemption a beacon of hope for those in your circle of influence.