Tuesday, January 19th, 2016
The Enemy's Game (Part 79)
Star Players: Rahab*
The Lord your God, He is God in heaven above and on earth beneath. Now therefore, I beg you, swear to me by the Lord, since I have shown you kindness, that you also will show kindness to my father's house, and give me a true token, and spare my father, my mother, my brothers, my sisters, and all that they have, and deliver our lives from death.
Joshua 2:11-13 (NKJV)
How can we condemn even flagrant sinners, when Rahab is an ancestor of Jesus? Did the Lord make an embarrassing mistake? Surely not. Instead, He judged Rahab worthy. This gutsy lady risked everything she knew to protect God's spies fleeing from Jericho.
Consider Rahab's unusual moves:
1) As a woman in a pagan nation, perhaps the call girl trade was not her choice. But she did choose to believe in The Lord and put her life on the line as the proof.
2) She heard many astonishing stories of miracles and nations defeated by a God claiming total sovereignty. She decided idols could not compare.
3) She was in the right position and place to be able to help God's warriors, and she seized this big opportunity. She let nothing hinder her advancement.
4) Rahab was quick-witted and fast-acting. Like a modern-day action-film hero, she hid God's men on her roof amidst flax and sent the enemy to look elsewhere.
5) Rahab is David's great-great grandmother. Therein, she stands in God's most royal line, proving that old sins mean less than new hearts, and God judges us by eternal scales.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: What can you learn from Rahab's story? Maybe to avoid condemnation. Maybe not to label outsiders. Maybe to choose mercy, not judgment. Maybe to know God values courage, initiative and resourcefulness. Surely to forgive and then forget. Maybe people God calls 'royalty' are far more real than fancy feathers.
To Be Continued...
* Short article: What should we learn from the life of Rahab? http://www.gotquestions.org/life-Rahab.html
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the The Enemy's Game series.