Thursday, April 22, 2010

Unashamed, Rahab's Story

Book 2 of A Lineage of Grace is Unashamed, Rahab's story. "A woman with a past to whom god gave a future." I was able to fly through this novella just as easiest as the first. Again a story of the new testament, Joshua, that I had read through several times but never really took in the importance.. the meaning of how God used Rahab.

By then and even today's standards, she was not a woman whom many people would pick out to be used by God. But over and over again in the bible God shows us that his ways are not our ways and that he wants to save those who need the saving! God used a woman...non-hebrew...a harlot.. to bear children who would one day bear the Messiah. It is just SO amazing! God is so good. To those of you who think that you are too bad and that God wouldn't want anything to do with you.. your wrong! God still wants to save you and use you for his kingdom purposes! Not just Rahab but over and over again in the bible he is using those who are "unworthy"... if you haven't noticed NONE of us are!

In the seek and find section, the book reminds us that Rahab's story does not end here. She is mentioned for her faith later in Hebrews and again in the beginning of Matthew. "The outcome of Rahab's story is the honor given to her where she is listed in the lineage of Jesus Christ the messiah: Rahab and Salmon had a son, Boaz. Boaz (wife Ruth) was the father of Obed; Obed, the father of Jesse; Jesse, the father of King David. And from the line of King David (born from Bathsheba) of the tribe of Judah came the promised Messiah." You can see a full listing in your bible or in the back of your book. I just can't express how cool it is that these women were involved in Jesus family tree.

Think about what this story of Rahab has taught you about Faith? Rahab's story didn't end here and yours doesn't either. What changes do you think you need to make after reading her story? Do you want the story to end for you or live on in the Glory of Christ?

"What is faith? It is the confident assurance that what we hope for is going to happen. It is the evidence of things we cannot yet see... It was by faith that Rahab the prostitute did not die with all the others in the her city who refused to obey God. For she had given a friendly welcome to the spies." Hebrews 11:1, 31

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