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40) Hebrews - Chapter 11:31 and following - By faith (continued 5)
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By faith Rahab the harlot perished not with them that were disobedient, having received the spies with peace.  
Seven things about Raham: Joshua 2:1-22, Joshua 6:22-25, James 2:25.
       a) She was a sinner, even a harlot - Romans 3:23: All have sinned.
       b) Rahab's faith was confessed; and so must ours be - Matthew 10:32, Joshua 2:8-11: "I know that Jehovah  
           hath given you the land and that the fear of you is fallen upon us, and that all the inhabitants of the land
           melt away before you."
       c) Faith meant turning against her people; the believer must also be willing if necessary.
       d) Faith included the belief that Jericho would be destroyed, and it brought concern for her people (Joshua
           2:13)
       e) It brought the scarlet cord tied in her window, by which the spies escaped (Joshua 2:15)
       f) By her faith all her kindred were saved (Joshua 2:19, Joshua 6:22-25)
       g) She became the mother of Boaz (Matthew 1:5); great grandfather of David, the king (Ruth 4:21-22).

Was she a harlot?  Many Jews erroneously interpret the word so as to make it mean a seller of food or an
innkeeper.  Some render it "hostess" as though she kept a public house, but as the word is rendered "harlot" for
everyone else, so it must be here.  Perhaps she is mentioned as a harlot to amplify the grace of God.

Faith in God made her hazard her life in receiving and concealing the spies, so she is named among the faithful.

Here the author names a number of people drawn from the exploits, deliverances, and heroic endurance of faithful
men and women.  Gideon was the son of Joash of the tribe of Manasseh, and was the fifth judge of Israel.  Two
things make him worthy of being named here, his fight against Baal.  He used only 300 men out of an army of
32,000.

Barak - Judges 6:11 though Judges 8:32.  he was a leader of Israel of the tribe of Naplitali.  The Israelites were
oppressed by Jabin, king of Canaan, and Sisera, and the captain of the host.  The enemy had 900 chariots, and for
twenty years oppressed Israel.  Judges 4:23.

Deborah, the prophetess, called Barak and gave him a plan for victory (Judges 4:6-7).  With Deborah and 10,000
men he led Israel to a complete victory (Judges 4:1 through Judges 5:31).

Samson, in the scripture, appears after Jephthah.  Samson was a man of strength.  Moses' life is a long epic,
Samson's, a brief tragedy.  Moses was the man of God;  Samson, the man of the people.

Jephthah - Judges 11:1 through Judges 12:7, with faith in God, he is named among the faithful.  He made a hasty
foolish vow.  He made a costly mistake but held true to God.