Apr 10

The Scarlett Rope

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April 10, 2012 Bible Reading

Deuteronomy 34
Joshua 1:1-2:24
Luke 13:23-14:6
Psalms 79:1-13
Proverbs 12:26

Rahab The Prostitute
Did anyone else stop in their tracks when the Bible starts talking about a prostitute today? Not only does the Bible talk about a prostitute, the prostitute seems to be a hero in the passage. Let’s take a look at a few things…

Rahab was not only a prostitute, but she betrayed her own people by lying, and ultimately will be responsible for the overthrow of her city because of her help with the spies. Seriously, this is a hero?

This is one of those times in the Bible where we can misplace the heroism. Let’s be clear. God is not putting her on a pedestal because she was a prostitute, or because she betrayed her own people by lying, or even for her hand in the overthrow of the city to the Israelites.

God is showing that he can use anyone from any walk of life who will believe in Him. Rahab says:

“I know that the Lord has given you this land and that a great fear of you has fallen on us, so that all who live in this country are melting in fear because of you. We have heard how the Lord dried up the water of the Red Sea for you when you came out of Egypt, and what you did to Sihon and Og, the two kings of the Amorites east of the Jordan, whom you completely destroyed. When we heard of it, our hearts melted in fear and everyone’s courage failed because of you, for the Lord your God is God in heaven above and on the earth below. (Joshua 2:9-11 NIV)

In short it says she KNOWS that the Lord has given them the land. It’s that faith that she has that she was rewarded for.

Remember, this is before Christ died for our sins. She was full of sin and should have been separated from the righteous, but because of her faith she was counted in the lineage of our Savior because of her actions during the Siege of Jericho.

When I get a “mixed message” in the Bible, I’ve learned a to recognize those messages as red flags to dig deeper and ask what God’s perspective is. God never condones her profession or her lies. God simply illustrates that anyone can do the work of the Lord. They just have to be open to it.

Speaking of things you can do… Come join me.

Revolution Bible Study

The Revolution Bible Study is coming Tuesday April 10th at 7pm to the Panera Bread Company at Mullins Crossing in Evans Georgia. I would love to have a cup of coffee and find out your perspective on your daily walk through your year-long journey through the Bible. What kind of revolution are you having?

1 comment

  1. Jacki Santillan

    And you notice its not after she “fixed” everything in her life either. It was while she was still in the midst of her sin that God used her. She was willing

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