Pastor Aaron E. Lavender
Sunday Morning, December 31, 2017
Sermon Series – ALL YOU NEED IS FAITH #5
“Joshua & Rahab – Faith Evidenced by Good Works”
The final two verses of this aspect of the paragraph highlights the Jericho victory under Joshua’s leadership. God’s way of victory against Jericho (the walls were encircled for seven days) may have seemed rather unorthodox, but it proved true. What seems reasonable to human logic, however, does not always match God’s ways. The harlot Rahab (a sinful Gentile) probably seemed out of place among God’s people, yet her faith had gained her that privilege. This was a good reminder to the Jewish Christians reading the book of Hebrews of God’s love for Gentiles and their place in His program.
Our text reveals – Faith Evidenced by Good Works: faith that tears down walls, and faith that is justified by works:
I. Faith That Tears Down Walls: Heb. 11:30; Josh. 6
A. God’s instructions to His people (vv.1-5)
B. God’s people obey His instructions (vv.6-19)
C. The resulting effects of obeying God’s instructions (vv.20-21)
II. Faith That Is Justified By Works: Heb. 11:31; Josh. 2
A. The motivation of faith justified by works (vv.1-24)
B. The achievement of faith justified by works (vv.17, 22-25)
CONCLUSION -Four Wonderful Realities:
- The reality of true faith
- True faith shows itself in good works, especially towards God’s people.
- True faith undertakes all hazards in the cause of God and His people.
- The reality of God’s wrath (Eph. 2:1-3)
The Bible teaches that all humanity is under a death sentence with God because of their sin. Just as the army of Israel gathered together to march against Jericho, so God’s wrath marches toward all of humanity.
- The reality of a changed life (2 Cor. 5:17)
True faith changes our lies. Rahab believed and was spared, and that changed her life. She did not go on with her harlotry, but rather took her place among the people of God in Israel, and yes, even as one of the ancestors of Christ.
- The reality of God’s grace & mercy
The fact that Rahab the harlot was saved tells us that no one is beyond the reach of God’s grace & mercy. No one is TOO BAD to be saved.