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A prostitute in the King’s bloodline

Posted in Bible, Bible Study, Christian, Christianity, Fear of God, God, Jesus, Joshua, Rahab, Religion, Uncategorized, Women, women of the bible with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 13, 2012 by 254chronicles

Rahab.

Think she’s one of the more outstanding women. Her story just reminds me of how God searched for a young king David, a humble shepherd in a family of burly warriors. How God said through Samuel that He’s only interested in what is in our hearts and not what is on the outside.

Here’s how her story went:

The Israelites were now on the offensive; it was their turn to eat. They had just crossed into Canaan, and leadership had transferred to the young but very able hands of Joshua. As always, their missions were preceded by reconnaissance carried out by two of Israel’s finest. Their instructions (should they accept them) were to “look over the land, especially Jericho”.

Off the two spies went.

Once in Jericho, they entered Rahab’s house, and she gave them refuge.

When the Israelites first embarked on their journey, God promised to put fear in the hearts of their enemies, so Rahab knew who these spies were representing. In fact, everyone knew of the Israelites and their mighty God … the desert nomads who had swept through entire cities and eliminated whole tribes. They were the chosen ones.

She hid them in the roof of her house, and when the kings people came around searching for them,  she quickly gave them a story to lead them off course. She protected and sheltered the spies, and sought only one thing in return. Aware of their mission, she knew her beloved home town was soon to be no more. With this in mind, she asked that her life, and those of her family, would be spared by this Great God of Israel.

They accepted the terms. She was further instructed that she was to hang a scarlet cord from her window and leave it there on the day the Israelites would come. That way, she and all who would be in her house, would be saved.

When they came, they marched around the city and sounded their trumpets …. and the walls of Jericho came tumbling down. Rahab, as well as her family, were safe. After the city and all in it were burned, Rahab and her family lived with the Israelites.

Someone saw how powerful God was. Someone noticed that with these Israelites was a real God. Her life was spared, and she ended up one of Jesus’ ancestors.

” The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.” 1 Pro. 1: 6-8 (NIV)

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Ruth … a simple girl

Posted in Bible, Bible Study, Christian, Christianity, Faith, God, Love, relationships, Uncategorized, Women, women of the bible with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 1, 2012 by 254chronicles

Here’s a summary of the Old Testament book.

RUTH:

The man she married had moved into her home town (Moab) from Bethlehem due to drought. He passed away 10 years into their marriage, childless. His brother, and before them, their father, also passed away. Ruth was left with her mother-in-law, Naomi, and sister-in-law, Orpah. Since Naomi had nothing left in this foreign land, and the drought was over, she decided to return to Bethlehem. The original plan was to go alone, but Ruth insisted on staying by her side, till death (& possibly beyond).

In Bethlehem, Ruth collected the barley left behind by the harvesters in Boaz’ field. He saw her, and liked her. On Naomi’s instruction, she spent the night at Boaz’ feet, a way of stating her interest in him. The next day, Boaz asked their immediate relative if he was going to buy Naomi’s land (which was a custom) in order to keep her late son’s name, and marry Ruth as well. The relative declined and, with the elders as witnesses, Boaz took up the role, as he was the next in line.

Ruth and Boaz’ first child, a son, was King David’s grandfather.

MY THOUGHTS:

It’d be a short movie this one. But, coming from books filled with rules, doctrine, customs (the books of the law) it is a welcome break to just sit back and view someone’s life.

In chapter one, we see how she spent 10 years without a child. We all know what a big deal this was (and still is). Nothing else is mentioned about this till the last chapter where “God enabled her to conceive” when she was Mrs. Boaz. Note the use of the word “enabled”. Don’t take that pregnancy for granted ladies … it was His will.

Her obedience to her mother-in-law is also another theme. Everything Naomi instructed her to do, she followed diligently. This, coupled with her loyalty to the lady, were surely what made her known as a “woman of noble character” throughout the town.

She was simple and respectful. These to me are the true beauty of a woman. The purity of heart and soul that attracts nothing but positive attention from those around her and carries her reputation before her.

And, most importantly, for honouring God, the one and only true Creator, her status was uplifted to include her in the lineage of the lamb of God, and of Israelite royalty.

Ruth’s re-invention of the K.I.S.S. principle: Keep it Simple & Sweet.

🙂

UPDATE:

The relationship between Ruth and Naomi alludes to our individual relationship with God. To follow Him wholly, we need to leave our former lives, obey His every word, and follow wherever He leads.

How powerful is God?

Posted in Bible, Bible Study, Christian, Christianity, Faith, God, Religion with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on June 28, 2012 by 254chronicles

Since Biblical times, it “appears” God has “significantly decreased” His one-on-one interactions with humanity. We do not seem to see the feats reported in the Holy Bible: the parting waters, God’s finger writing on walls, or God speaking through a cloud of lightning and thunder. We do not hear as often as it was in the Bible times of one of His great miracles. It gives the false implication of a “decrease” in His power; makes it seem as though he’s on a hiatus from humanity. Let us revisit one of those Biblical scenarios.

At the beginning of the book of Deuteronomy, we find the Israelites mid-journey. They were a desert-wandering nation. God took them out of slavery in Egypt and was leading them to the promised land (Caanan). The journey was literally no walk in the park. They complained several times: no food, no water, these people want to kill us, and this really ticked God off. He therefore decided to entirely eliminate this stubborn generation and only then would He allow them to enter the promised land.

They proceeded to do another 38-year long lap round the desert. When, at last, they were to enter the promised land, they had another obstacle before them. It wasn’t fertile virgin land remaining untouched for them to stroll in and settle down, but was occupied by other tribes. One example is the land of Bashan: it had 60 cities, was secured with sky-high walls and a well-equipped army. Apparently, the Israelites would have to fight for their inheritance.

Keep in mind that they were from a nomadic lifestyle. They were to battle established and well-trained armies. The thought of it is quite suicidal. But they had the greatest weapon in their arsenal: Almighty God Himself. He told them through Moses, their leader, that “He Himself would fight for them”. And He did just that.

Think about it for a moment. A group of nomads come from nowhere and wipe out an entire nation. God gave them His word. No man could stand against them. No army. No foe. No power. Nothing could stop them.

And that God has not changed one bit. He is the same powerful God that changed the entire course of history. He is the same one who promised His beloved nation of Israel something, and they got it no matter how impossible it looked in the eyes of man.

What troubles do you have that He can’t conquer?

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