Slaying Giants: Week 7 – Part 2

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Concluding Thoughts on Chapter 7

As I got to thinking about Rahab this week, something impressed me that I didn’t take note of the first time around. It was the fact that her faith had a profound effect on her family.

Rahab risked her life to protect the spies who had come to her city. And because of her faith, she and her family were saved from the destruction of Jericho. Her story is a reminder that our faith can be the key to someone else’s salvation.

What does that mean exactly? It means that the choices we make have the potential to draw others to Christ.

I know, there’s only one way to salvation which is by grace through faith, and that each person has been called to repentance. I know we’re not saved because our parents, our friends, or our pastor is saved. But, I also know that active faith is a powerful force.

1 Peter 3:1-2 says,

Wives, in the same way submit yourselves to your own husbands so that, if any of them do not believe the word, they may be won over without words by the behavior of their wives, when they see the purity and reverence of your lives.

Peter is reminding us here, that our behavior has the power to greatly influence others. Actions speak louder than words, and when those actions line up with the gospel, we have the potential to win others to Christ.

By choosing to align herself with the God of Israel, Rahab demonstrated a powerful witness to those around her. Her faith and obedience inspired her family to remain in their home under the protection of God while the Israelites took hold of the city. As a result of their faith, Rahab and her family were saved.


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Questions and Answers from Chapter 7

What does 1 John 3:1 say? Write the verse out here:

See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.

In your own words, tell us what Rahab told the spies before they went to sleep.

She told them that she believed the land belonged to them and that the people of her city were afraid of them. They heard about all of the wonderful things that God did and how He protected His people from the enemy. As such, they were afraid because they knew that the God of the Israelites was the one true powerful God.

She asked the spies to show kindness to her and her family by sparing their lives.

What promise did the men make to her?

They promised to protect her, if she tied a scarlet cord in her window when they returned.

Why is the scarlet cord vital to this story?

It symbolized her faith in the coming Messiah, just as the blood on the door posts in Exodus symbolized their faith in the coming Messiah and the salvation He would bring to the world by the shedding of blood on the cross.

What three things do the verses from Joshua 2 and Exodus 12 have in common?

  1. They were not allowed to leave the house during the time of the Passover (or the takeover of the city)
  2. They applied a symbol of the blood to their doors/windows
  3. Both took place during Passover week

    And one more… Their families were saved from death.

Why were Paul and Silas in jail?

They angered a female slave’s owners when they cast a demon out of her. Because she was no longer demon possessed their hope of making money was gone, and so they dragged Paul and Silas before the magistrates and accused them of causing an uproar.

What were they doing at midnight?

Praying and singing hymns to God.

In this chapter, I wrote, “Our testimony is produced under pressure.” What do you think that means?

It’s easy to say that you trust God when things are going well, but when you’re faced with difficulties you have serious choices to make. Will you trust God, or will you lean on your own power and strength? The way we react to these situations will prove the validity of our faith. In addition to that, faith grows out of adversity. It’s during these times that we’re given the opportunity to practice the faith we profess.

If we can’t dictate our situations, what can we do?

We can choose how we react to them. Our attitude toward life is a medium that God uses to draw others to Him.

Can you think of any situation in your past or present where God has used you to minister right where you were?

This answer will be different for everyone.

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  • Laura Sherwood

    Hi, I’m on week 9 of Slaying Giants. On page 123, the question in the last box on the page repeats the same scripture as the first box on the page. I believe this is an error. What is the scripture suppose to be?

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