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Join us at 10:30 AM this Sunday, December 16, for the sermon “Waiting for Rescue with Rahab.”

NEW SERMON SERIES, “WAITING FOR JESUS”: Waiting is hard. We live in an instant society in which we can communicate instantaneously with people across the world, order a product online and have it delivered the same day, consume news (real and imagined) as it happens in real-time, and cook a full meal in a couple of minutes in the microwave. We have nearly eradicated the need for post-postponing gratification, yet some waiting is inescapable, and we must learn to live in the tension of the wait.

Advent season is a time of waiting. Even as our trees goes up and stores are filled with holiday décor and songs, we wait for Christmas morning, when we gather to give and receive gifts that remind us of the greatest gift the world has ever known. Throughout the Old Testament, people waited for God to make good on His promise to give the world a Savior and King who would set right all that has gone wrong, bringing justice, rescue, redemption, and comfort to a world in waiting. Even now, we wait for God to fulfill his promise through Jesus to return to make all things new.

Join us throughout the Advent season, as we wait for Jesus with the women of His genealogy, looking forward to that day when we might behold and treasure Jesus, who is more than worth the wait!

December 2:    Waiting for Justice with Tamar (listen to sermon audio here)
December 9:    Service cancelled due to snow.
December 16:  Waiting for Rescue with Rahab
December 23:  Waiting for Comfort Bathsheba
December 24:  Treasuring Jesus with Mary (at Capital Oaks)


To help you prepare, the scripture for this Sunday will be:

Matthew 1:5 (ESV)

and Salmon the father of Boaz by Rahab, and Boaz the father of Obed by Ruth, and Obed the father of Jesse…

Joshua 2 (ESV)

Rahab Hides the Spies

And Joshua the son of Nun sent two men secretly from Shittim as spies, saying, “Go, view the land, especially Jericho.” And they went and came into the house of a prostitute whose name was Rahab and lodged there. And it was told to the king of Jericho, “Behold, men of Israel have come here tonight to search out the land.” Then the king of Jericho sent to Rahab, saying, “Bring out the men who have come to you, who entered your house, for they have come to search out all the land.” But the woman had taken the two men and hidden them. And she said, “True, the men came to me, but I did not know where they were from. And when the gate was about to be closed at dark, the men went out. I do not know where the men went. Pursue them quickly, for you will overtake them.” But she had brought them up to the roof and hid them with the stalks of flax that she had laid in order on the roof.So the men pursued after them on the way to the Jordan as far as the fords. And the gate was shut as soon as the pursuers had gone out.

Before the men lay down, she came up to them on the roof and said to the men, “I know that the Lord has given you the land, and that the fear of you has fallen upon us, and that all the inhabitants of the land melt away before you. 10 For we have heard how the Lord dried up the water of the Red Sea before you when you came out of Egypt, and what you did to the two kings of the Amorites who were beyond the Jordan, to Sihon and Og, whom you devoted to destruction. 11 And as soon as we heard it, our hearts melted, and there was no spirit left in any man because of you, for the Lord your God, he is God in the heavens above and on the earth beneath. 12 Now then, please swear to me by the Lordthat, as I have dealt kindly with you, you also will deal kindly with my father’s house, and give me a sure sign 13 that you will save alive my father and mother, my brothers and sisters, and all who belong to them, and deliver our lives from death.” 14 And the men said to her, “Our life for yours even to death! If you do not tell this business of ours, then when the Lord gives us the land we will deal kindly and faithfully with you.”

15 Then she let them down by a rope through the window, for her house was built into the city wall, so that she lived in the wall. 16 And she saidto them, “Go into the hills, or the pursuers will encounter you, and hide there three days until the pursuers have returned. Then afterward you may go your way.” 17 The men said to her, “We will be guiltless with respect to this oath of yours that you have made us swear. 18 Behold, when we come into the land, you shall tie this scarlet cord in the window through which you let us down, and you shall gather into your house your father and mother, your brothers, and all your father’s household.19 Then if anyone goes out of the doors of your house into the street, his blood shall be on his own head, and we shall be guiltless. But if a hand is laid on anyone who is with you in the house, his blood shall be on our head. 20 But if you tell this business of ours, then we shall be guiltless with respect to your oath that you have made us swear.” 21 And she said, “According to your words, so be it.” Then she sent them away, and they departed. And she tied the scarlet cord in the window.

22 They departed and went into the hills and remained there three days until the pursuers returned, and the pursuers searched all along the way and found nothing. 23 Then the two men returned. They came down from the hills and passed over and came to Joshua the son of Nun, and they told him all that had happened to them. 24 And they said to Joshua, “Truly the Lord has given all the land into our hands. And also, all the inhabitants of the land melt away because of us.”

 

English Standard Version (ESV) The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Permanent Text Edition® (2016). Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.