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Introduction

Color of Water, James McBride story of how his mother, when she announced that she was marrying a black man, her family actually held a funeral service for her, rendering her dead to them.
Point- The history of humanity unveils that we have never done well navigating the differences we have with each other.
Creating the Need: WE ARE THE OUTSIDER
OUR WORLD IS FAR TOO TRIBAL LEADING TO AN US VS. THEM FRAMEWORK OF LIFE
EXAMPLES: FROM SILLY THINGS LIKE SPORTS- TRIBAL IN SPORTS- ALABAMA VS. AUBURN (ALLY BAMA, TOOMERS CORNER); TO SERIOUS THINGS LIKE TRIBAL IN RACE- COLORS WHERE WE LIVE...”WHITE FOLK JOGGING AT NIGHT”; BLACKS VS. WHITES/RACIAL DIVIDE, TRIBAL IN POLITICS- REPUBLICANS VS. DEMOCRATS. IF I SAID SOMETHING DISPARAGING AGAINST TRUMP SOME OF YOU WOULD APPLAUD AND OTHERS OF YOU WOULD LEAVE. SAME FOR OBAMA. TRIBAL DRIVING DOWN THE STREET- A SLOW PERSON ON THE FREEWAY…I BET YOU THAT’S A __________ AND I’LL LET YOU FILL IN THE BLANKS. WE ARE AN US VS. THEM/TRIBAL/INSIDERS VS. OUTSIDERS PEOPLE.
PROBLEM IS THE GOD WE SERVE LOVES EVERYONE SO MUCH HE SENT HIS SON TO DIE FOR EVERYONE- AMERICANS AND NORTH KOREANS; REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS; LOS ALTOS AND EAST OAKLAND. IS NOT AS TRIBAL AS OURS…HE HAS ONE TRIBE- THE KINGDOM OF GOD. THOSE WHO HAVE SAID YES TO HIM AND THOSE WHO HAVE NOT. NOW IN THAT ONE TRIBE ARE A WHOLE LOT OF DIFFERENT PEOPLE. IN OUR TRIBE WILL BE A WHOLE LOT OF DIFFERENT PEOPLE…PEOPLE LIKE RAHAB.
SET UP/SUM UP STORY. SECTION ON FAITH/DEFINING MOMENTS. THIS IS RAHABS DEFINING MOMENT. EVERY NT POINT HAS AN OT PICTURE (GOSPEL)OUR STORY IS THE REMARKABLE TALE ABOUT HOW GOD TAKES OUTSIDERS LIKE A PROSTITUTE NAMED RAHAB AND MAKES THEM AN INSIDER. OH AND BY THE WAY, ALL OF US IN THIS ROOM WERE AT LEAST AT ONE TIME AN OUTSIDER- . SOME OF YOU ARE OUTSIDERS NOW…THIS STORY IS ALL ABOUT HOW GOD TAKES OUTSIDERS AND MAKES THEM INSIDERS. COME ON GO WITH ME.

RAHAB’S NEED- HER SIN: WE ARE ALL IN NEED OF GOD

SET UP STORY. CHAPTER ONE IS JOSHUA’S CHARGE. CHAPTER TWO JOSHUA TAKES CHARGE BY SENDING OUT THE SPIES. THEY END UP AT THE HOUSE OF A PROSTITUTE- RAHAB. DON’T KNOW EXACTLY WHY THEY’RE THERE, BUT THIS IS A GREAT PLACE TO TAKE COVER. HIGHLY TRAFFICKED, AND FOR ALL THE PLACES TO GO TO IN A FOREIGN CITY, THIS WOULD BE THE BEST TO TRY TO RETAIN A COVER.
SHE’S DESCRIBED AS A PROSTITUTE. HER HOUSE, THE TEXT TELLS US, IS IN THE WALL. THE PLACE WHERE OUTCASTS, OUTSIDERS AND UNDESIRABLES LIVED…MOST VULNERABLE. SHE’S A LIAR. SHE CAN’T GET PAST HER GREAT NEED, AND IT IS THIS GREAT NEED THAT SETS THE STAGE FOR HER DRAMATIC RESCUE.
POINT- NEVER GET SAVED WITHOUT SENSING NEED. RICH YOUNG RULER ILLUSTRATION. JESUS ENDS BY SAYING HOW DIFFICULT IT IS FOR THE WEALTHY…WHY? COMFORT AND PROSPERITY TENDS TO BLIND US TO OUR NEED.
UNCLE BILL ILLUSTRATION: YOU DON’T BELIEVE ALL THAT RELIGIOUS STUFF DO YOU? WELL HE LIVES PRETTY COMFORTABLY.
UNIVERSITY’S THAT GIVE NEED BASED AND NOT MERIT BASED SCHOLARSHIPS. IF YOU WILL JUST COMMUNICATE AND PROVE YOUR NEED ALL KINDS OF RESOURCES ARE AT YOUR DISPOSAL. LIKEWISE TO GET INTO THE UNIVERSITY OF GOD IT REQUIRES FIRST THAT YOU SEE AND COMMUNICATE YOUR NEED.
BAY AREA APPLICATION…BIGGEST CONCERN IN THIS AREA IS WE DON’T SEE OUR NEED. BEFORE YOU CAN BECOME AN INSIDER, YOU MUST SEE YOU’RE AN OUTSIDER.
“ALTHOUGH MY MEMORY IS FADING, I REMEMBER TWO THINGS VERY CLEARLY: I AM A GREAT SINNER AND CHRIST IS A GREAT SAVIOR”- JOHN NEWTON

RAHAB’S EXPOSURE-

SHE SAYS SHE’S HEARD SOME THINGS ABOUT GOD....SHE HAS CLEARLY LEARNED SOEM THINGS ABOUT WHO GOD IS.
STATISTICS SAY, ON AVERAGE A PERSON HAS AT LEAST SIX EXPOSURES TO THE GOSPEL BEFORE THEY SAY YES.
ILLUSTRATION OF KORIE…GROWING UP CATHOLIC. WALKING DOWN THE STREET AND HEARING THE NAME JESUS.
APPLICATION: NO SUCH THING AS FAILED EVANGELISM. THE PRESSURE IS OFF. STOP SEEING EVANGELISM AS THIS PRESSURED WAY OF HAVING TO CONVERT PEOPLE AS IF YOU CAN DO THAT. YOU’RE A WITNESS NOT A LAWYER. JUST PLANT SEEDS. EVERY CONVERSATION YOU HAVE WITH A NON BELIEVER WHAT’S A SEED YOU CAN PLANT?

RAHAB’S FAITH

WHAT IS FAITH? FAITH IS ACTIVE TRUST IN THE FACE OF UNCERTAINTY, AND RAHAB CERTAINLY HAS THIS.
FAITH THROUGHOUT THE NARRATIVE: SHE HIDES THE SPIES. SHE THEN NEGOTIATES WITH THE SPIES HER DELIVERANCE, FULLY PERSUADED JERICHO WILL LOSE AND ISRAEL WILL WIN. SHE AGREES TO HANG THE SCARLET CORD OUTSIDE THE WINDOW. SHE IS A WOMAN OF FAITH. HER LEGACY OF FAITH IS IN , LOOK AT IT WITH ME. WHAT BILLY GRAHAM IS TO EVANGELISM, TIGER WOODS IS TO GOLF AND WHITNEY HOUSTON WAS TO SINGING, RAHAB IS TO FAITH.
BUT WHAT IS FAITH? FAITH IS ACTIVE TRUST IN THE FACE OF UNCERTAINTY. FAITH PRESUPPOSES RISK WHICH MEANS ONE DOESN’T HAVE ALL THE ANSWERS- . WHAT REALLY MATTERS WHEN IT COMES TO FAITH IS NOT FAITH ITSELF, BUT THE OBJECT OF FAITH.
HIGH JUMP VS. POLE VAULTING ILLUSTRATION. THE REASON WHY POLE VAULTERS CAN JUMP TWICE AS HIGH AS HIGH JUMPERS IS BECAUSE THEY’RE NOT RELYING ON THEMSELVES. THE HIGH JUMPER IS RELYING ON HIMSELF, ON HIS LEGS. THE POLE VAULTER HAS AN OBJECT IN HIS HAND THAT HE DEPENDS ON AND PLACES HIS FAITH IN. THAT OBJECT TAKES HIM SO MUCH HIGHER THAN WHEN HE HAS TO RELY ON HIMSELF. ON YOUR OWN YOU MAYBE ABLE TO ACCOMPLISH A FEW THINGS, BUT WITH GOD IN YOUR HANDS YOU CAN DO SO MUCH MORE, FOR GREATER IS HE THAT IS IN YOU THAN HE THAT IS IN THE WORLD.
APPLICATION. WHERE’S YOUR FAITH TODAY?

GOD’S GRACE- ,

“DEAL KINDLY” IS HESED. GOD’S COVENANTAL/NON-TRANSACTIONAL/PERFORMANCE FREE LOVE. IT IS GRACE. SHE’S A PROSTITUTE, A STRANGER, AN OUTSIDER, A WOMAN. SHE’S SOCIALLY BENEATH THEM BY THE STANDARDS OF THE DAY. THESE MEN DON’T HAVE TO DO ANYTHING FOR HER, YET HERE SHE IS ASKING FOR GRACE, AND THAT’S THE POINT.
WE HAVE A HARD TIME WITH GRACE, BECAUSE GRACE INSULTS OUR SENSIBILITIES. GRACE SAYS YOU DON’T DESERVE IT, AND WE ARE WIRED TO GET WHAT WE DESERVE. JUSTICE SAYS YOU GOT WHAT YOU DESERVED, GRACE SAYS YOU DIDN’T.
ILLUSTRATION. BERNIE MADEOFF MASTERMINDED THE GREATEST FINANCIAL FRAUD IN THE HISTORY OF OUR NATION, IF NOT THE WORLD. HE WAS FINALLY DISCOVERED AND CAUGHT. ONE JEWISH RABBI SAID THIS: “It is not possible for him to atone for all the damage he did, and I don’t even think there is a punishment that is commensurate with the crime, for the wreckage of lives that he’s left behind. The only thing he could do, for the rest of his life, is work for redemption that he would never achieve”- Rabbi Wolpe of the Los Angeles Sinai Temple (Taken from book on cross, page 587.
A FEW THINGS: RIGHT UP UNTIL THE LAST LINE. TWO, NOT JUST TRUE OF BERNIE, BUT TRUE OF ALL OF US AS IT RELATES TO GOD. THREE, WE HAD NO HOPE TO PAY OFF OUR DEBT, BUT FOR THE GRACE OF GOD. BUT GOD…BEING RICH IN MERCY, . THE WHOLE THING RISES AND FALLS ON GRACE. IT’S ALL WE HAVE.
APPLICATION: WHAT SHOULD GRACE PRACTICALLY DO TO US? KEEP US HUMBLE. BE GRACIOUS TO OTHERS. TIME HS TOLD ME TO BE GRACIOUS TO RICK WHO HAD VIOLATED BOTH MY SISTERS.

RAHAB’S LEGACY

SOMETHING ASTOUNDING NOW HAPPENS TO THIS OUTSIDER WHO BECAME AN INSIDER. SHE HANGS OUT THE CORD, THE WALL FALLS, BUT NOT HER HOUSE, GOD SAVES HER MIRACULOUSLY. EVERY CONVERSION IS A MIRACLE BTW.
IN GENEALOGY OF JESUS- ; HALL OF FAITH- ; . HER LEGACY IS AN ETERNAL ONE.
YOUR LEGACY IS AT STAKE.
GOSPEL CONCLUSION- TWO KINGDOMS KNOCKING AT THE DOOR.
Elie Wiesel quote from tweet.
MAN WITH BIRD IN HIS HAND BEFORE THE WISE MAN. IF IT’S ALIVE HE’D CRUSH IT, IF HE SAID IT’S DEAD HE’D LET IT LIVE…THE BIRD IS NEITHER, IT’S IN YOUR HAND.
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