Unexpected Assurance: Rahab and the Spies | Joshua 2 Lesson [Slideshow]

View/download PowerPoint slides of a Sunday School Lesson on Rahab and the spies (Joshua 2:1-24) below. Sources are listed in the slideshow and at the end of the page.

Main Points

  • Theme of Joshua: Israel inherits the Promised Land. Rahab provides unexpected assurance of God’s promise.
  • Rahab renounces that of her own people and puts her faith (active trust) in the LORD – affirming Israelite prophecy, history, and theology.
  • This account demonstrates how non-Israelites were always a part of God’s redemptive plan.
  • She is commended not necessarily for lying, but for demonstrating her faith through actions — as we all should


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Fee, Gordon D., and Robert L. Hubbard Jr., eds. The Eerdmans Companion to the Bible. Grand Rapids, MI; Cambridge, U.K.: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2011.

Firth, David G. The Message of Joshua. Edited by Alec Motyer and Derek Tidball. The Bible Speaks Today. Nottingham, England: Inter-Varsity Press, 2015.

Futato, Mark D. OT101 Introducing the Old Testament: Its Structure and Story. Logos Mobile Education. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press, 2013.

Harris, J. Gordon, Cheryl A. Brown, and Michael S. Moore. Joshua, Judges, Ruth. Edited by W. Ward Gasque, Robert L. Hubbard Jr., and Robert K. Johnston. Understanding the Bible Commentary Series. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 2012.

Harris, R. Laird, Gleason L. Archer Jr., and Bruce K. Waltke, eds. Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament. Chicago: Moody Press, 1999.

Hess, Richard S. Joshua: An Introduction and Commentary. Vol. 6. Tyndale Old Testament Commentaries. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1996.

Howard, David M., Jr. Joshua. Vol. 5. The New American Commentary. Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 1998.

Keener, Craig S. The IVP Bible Background Commentary: New Testament. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1993.

Matthews, Victor Harold, Mark W. Chavalas, and John H. Walton. The IVP Bible Background Commentary: Old Testament. Electronic ed. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2000.

McConville, J. Gordon, and Stephen N. Williams. Joshua. The Two Horizons Old Testament Commentary. Grand Rapids, MI; Cambridge, U.K.: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2010.

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Osborne, Grant R. Matthew, vol. 1.  Zondervan Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2010.

Waltke, Bruce K. “Joshua.” In New Bible Commentary: 21st Century Edition, edited by D. A. Carson, R. T. France, J. A. Motyer, and G. J. Wenham, 4th ed., 233–60. Leicester, England; Downers Grove, IL: Inter-Varsity Press, 1994.

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