Saturday, March 10th, 2012
Royal Women: The Genealogy Of Jesus (Part 2)
Jesus said to them, 'Assuredly, I say to you that tax collectors and harlots enter the kingdom of God before you.'
Matthew 21:31 (NKJV)
The second woman named in the ancestral bloodline of Jesus is Rahab: the mother of Boaz and great-grandmother of King David. At first glance, her eternal nobility seems more like earthly degeneracy.
But God intends for us to learn from these heroines of the Bible, so let's check out #2: Rahab.
The back story: Rahab lived in the Promised Land at a pivotal moment in time--right before the fulfillment of God's promise to give the children of Israel a homeland. Rahab is introduced as a harlot and a citizen of an idol-worshipping nation soon to be conquered by Joshua's army.
Before the invasion, two of Joshua's spies lodged in her home, and Rahab hid them from her king. She asked for the lives of her family, and Joshua delivered them.
What was wrong with Rahab? She was a prostitute who lived in a contemptible culture of child sacrifice and foreign gods. She was not a Jew.
What was right with Rahab? Somehow, through a news source not revealed, she believed in the God of the Jews: 'He is God in Heaven above and on earth beneath' (Joshua 2:11). She was brave enough to take a risk.
By faith in God and uncommon courage, Rahab was transformed. She married a Jew and became the second named queen-mother of Jesus.
Today, many Christians denounce stars as the idol-worshipping media hookers of our children. But could earthly degeneracy be hiding eternal nobility?
Could some of our wandering stars be waiting on news of Jesus? Could they 'somehow' discover the Lord of Hosts and believe? Like Rahab?
We'll never know if we avoid the enemy camp.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Royal Women: The Genealogy Of Jesus series.