Friday, October 27th, 2017
Imperfect Heroes (Part 19)
Joshua secretly sent out two spies from the Israelite camp... He instructed them, 'Scout out the land on the other side of the Jordan River, especially around Jericho.' So the two men set out and came to the house of a prostitute named Rahab...
Rahab went up on the roof to talk with them. 'I know the Lord has given you this land,' she told them. 'We are all afraid of you... For the Lord your God is the supreme God of the heavens above and the earth below.'
Joshua 2:1, 8-11 (NLT)
Most girls don't decide to become harlots. Instead, they're victims of circumstances forcing or conning them into bondage. They're robbed of innocence and confidence. Their minds, hearts, hopes and bodies are beaten to become hard and/or hollow trinkets.
Regardless of how they appear or act, they deserve our unqualified kindness. Because our sins are no better than theirs. Because Jesus was gentle with harlots. Because lives lost can be re-won through Christ.
By faith in Christ, our past doesn't matter. Our sins are forgiven and forgotten. Our slates are wiped clean by the Teacher's Hand. The stinky rags of our prior mistakes are removed from us and thrown in God's fire... to be replaced by glorious white robes.
For Rahab to begin a brand new life, all it took was the opportunity, a good choice and the courage to live it. Therein, an idol-worshipping harlot became the fore-mother of Jesus Christ. Rahab is the Bible's first outsider noted for conversion and adoption as a chosen child of the Most High God.
To Be Continued...
* Short article: What can we learn from the life of Rahab? https://www.gotquestions.org/life-Rahab.html
* 2nd Article (WARNING: PARENTAL DISCRETION ADVISED): 'My 25 years as a prostitute.' It is illuminating, very well-written and has a good ending. Anyone interested in how someone becomes a prostitute or is tempted to judgment should read it. But it is real and disturbing. . http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-33113238
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Imperfect Heroes series.