Saturday, October 15th, 2016
Suffering (Part 19)
Dirty Jobs: Rahab
Now Joshua the son of Nun sent out two men from Acacia Grove to spy secretly, saying, 'Go, view the land, especially Jericho.' So they went, and came to the house of a harlot named Rahab, and lodged there. And it was told the king of Jericho, saying, 'Behold, men have come here tonight from the children of Israel to search out the country.'
So the king of Jericho sent to Rahab, saying, 'Bring out the men who have come to you, who have entered your house, for they have come to search out all the country.'
Joshua 2:1-3 (NKJV)*
I liked the TV show called Dirty Jobs. Mike Rowe took us places most men avoid, but thank God, others are willing to go. The dirty jobs in today's devotion include tenacious unsung laborers, gladly entering strange or slimy spots.
But Rahab, the ancestor of Jesus, had a different kind of dirty job: one Christians label as despicable. What if a barely clothed, garishly styled, lady of the night walked into your church? Would she be warmly welcomed and received?
I almost want to hire a good actress and test reactions on Sunday mornings. Because I am concerned she would be shunned. But what if said lady had been coerced into an awful place and gotten stuck? What if she was a hero in disguise, just waiting on the moment to step free?
Actors, models and talent for Christ: Learn to see people with dirty jobs, especially those Christians condemn, with eyes of compassion--like your King. Maybe the muck and filth of the world is easier to clean than disdain: a self-satisfied religious pride.
Because no job can be dirtier than the job of scorning someone else. If God placed a foreign prostitute in the lineage of His Own Son, then He's looking beyond externals right into the heart of the matter.
To Be Continued...
* Rahab Hides the Spies, Joshua 2: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Joshua%202
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Suffering series.