Rahab - Women of the Bible
Joshua chapters 2 & 6
Please read the chapter and meditate on the answers to the questions before the next study. Everyone in the group should be expected to contribute towards questions 3.
Rahab and the two spies are the main characters in Joshua 2. Rahab was a prostitute. She lived, geographically and morally, on the edge of society.
Her house was located on the wall of the city and was strategically placed to lodge travelers. This was a prime location for her trade.
Rahab had heard of the God of Israel and acted in faith. By hiding the spies she faced the risk of being killed if caught by the authorities. However Rahab knew it would take a step of faith to get her out of her present predicament.
She did not intend to perish with the rest of Jericho. She knew that if she did nothing - this would lead to her destruction. No one can serve two masters. She made a conscious decision to act in faith on what she heard about God.
Rahab was an ancestor of Jesus (Matthew1:1-6). Her faith brought her into an immense inheritance. From a prostitute to the linage of Jesus Christ. This is what faith can do.
No matter your stand in life, irrespective of where you are or who you are, a simply step of faith in Jesus Christ can turn your destiny around.
"by faith Rahab the prostitute did not perish with those who were disobedient, because she had received the spies in peace" - Hebrews 11:31
The life of Rahab can be found in
Joshua 2, Joshua 6, Hebrews 11:31, Matthew1:5, James 2: 25
Please read Joshua Chapter two. Everyone in the group should take it in turns to read two verses each. You should have read the introduction (overleaf) before now and there is no need to read it again before starting this study.
1. What was Rahab's occupation?
2. Why do you think the spies chose to stay in her place?
3. Why did she help the spies?
4. What have you heard (read or listened to) from the word of God recently that has encouraged and strengthened your faith?
5. Who else apart from herself was Rahab interested in saving? What does this tell you about Rahab?
6. Are you praying for the salvation of others?
7. What arrangement or promise did the spies make with Rahab? Can you explain Verse 19?
8. What do we have to do to remain under the protection of God?
Psalm 91 verse 1