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Rahab

  1. From whom were the Canaanites decedents? (Gen. 9:18)? Why did God destroy them?
  2. How would Israel be punished if that nation forgot God (Deut. 8:19-20)?
  3. What do we know of the material blessings and resources of the land of Canaan (Deut. 8:7-10)?
  4. How do we know that the land of the Phoenicians or Canaanites was divided into states or kingdoms (Josh. 9:1-2)?
  5. Was it necessary for Joshua to make detailed plans to take the land after the Lord already had promised to give the land to Israel? Recount what you can of the strategy Joshua used. Do you think his methods have any similarity to those used in present-day warfare?
  6. Tell what you can about Rahab’s background and life. How much did she know about God before the spies came?
  7. Show that Rahab had faith. What kind of faith did she have?
  8. Why do we do good works? Must it be a conscious doing or a natural outcome of faith?
  9. Is there any symbolism in the scarlet thread that Rahab hung from the window?
  10. Does the story of Rahab shed any light on what our attitude should be towards converts? What is our present-day attitude toward them? What should it be?
  11. We occasionally have outsiders come into our church. Do we really take in the Rahabs? What did Jesus do?
  12. Do you really think the church should accept a sincere convert who has, previous to conversion, been divorced on unbiblical grounds?

One Comment

    1. Canaanites were descendants of Ham, the son of Noah. God destroyed them because of their wickedness.
    2. The Lord will destroy them.
    3. They will have plenty to eat and be satisfied (Deut. 10). Also that they had streams (prof of water) flowing in valleys, and wheat, barley, vines, fig trees, pomegranates, olive oil, honey, and bread.
    4. All the different nations had their own kings. Verse to tells us that they all came together to make war against Israel.
    5. Yes. Joshua had to make plans and he also consulted God as to what to do. He always wanted to know how big of an army he was going to encounter. He also wanted to know the terrain they would encounter to prepare men for fighting.
    6. It says that she was a “prostitute or harlot”. It also suggests that she was an innkeeper. Strangers were always going in and out of her home. He had heard about the God of the Israelites.
    7. Rahab knew who the Israelites were and that saving them would put her and her family in danger. She feared God enough that she helped the spies, even though it would bring harm to her and her family.
    8. In James 2:26 it tells us faith without good works is dead. We are instructed to do good works to increase our faith. I feel our faith makes us want to do good works.
    9. It reminds us of the Isrealites putting blood on their doors so that God would passover them, and also that the blood of Christ saves us from our sins.
    10. She was accepted into the community without any hesitation. So often we do not accept people or judge them for their sins. We should not judge them, but accept them for who they are.
    11. I think our church embraces the Rahabs that come in. Jesus told them “those without sin, cast the first stone”. In John 4, Jesus talks to the Samaritan woman.
    12. Most definitely. If we are told that Jesus forgives, we are to follow that example.

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