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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.

I ASPIRE TO BE LIKE…

Posted in Christian, Inspiration, Women with tags , , on July 6, 2011 by 254chronicles

… Mrs. Proverbs 31. She has no name, neither is her husband known. Her age is a mystery, just like her background. But what we are told concerning her is what really matters.

You see, deep down inside, I know each one of us has something they want to live up to or someone they want to be like. That deep-seated desire so strong that it at times scares the living daylights out of us. That is who/what Mrs. Proverbs 31 is to me.

I am a young woman, so, I still have a long way to go in life. Just at the beginning of my tertiary education,but I’m super-charged about living life. I had always been aware of this virtuous lady, but the scripture truly gripped me a few days ago. Since then, I’ve re-read it countless times, with more zeal each time I begin.

To me, she embodies a true woman:

1) A loving wife who makes her husband proud.

2) A homemaker

3) A wonderful mother to her children

   4) A breadwinner

5) A respected member of society

 She is like a well-designed car … beautiful on the outside, powerful on the inside.  

 

 

 

 

There are 8 virtues clearly brought out from Proverbs 31:10-31,(NIV) (in order of appearance), that I believe every woman should nurture:

 1)HONOUR  (vs.10-12)

Wow! Which man can say such words concerning his spouse : ” She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life” … ” He has full confidence in her.”A husband, being possibly the best witness to his wife’s life, uttering such praises concerning her … beautiful!

2)INDUSTRY (vs.13-15,17-19)

This is one hardworking mama! “Her lamp does not go out at night” …” She gets up while it is still dark; she provides food for her family.” I guess with the right inspiration, we can all put in maximum effort to achieve our goals.

       3)DILIGENCE (vs.16)

Now this is truly a secret to success and general personal satisfaction. Not resting till the right work is done well.

4)CHARITY (vs.20)

She remembers the less fortunate in society, both welcoming them and reaching out to them.

5)PREPAREDNESS (vs.21)

Nothing catches her or her family off guard as she is prepared for all situations.

6)WISDOM (vs.26)

She knows her stuff, and knows it well. A good education? Natural curiosity? A good upbringing?

7)ALERTNESS (vs.27)

She knows everything that goes on in her house and is in charge of it all.

8)HONOUR FOR GOD (vs.30)

This I believe is the verse that sums it all up : ” Charm is deceptive and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.”

I guess through prayer, God’s grace, hard work and our own initiative, we can all become who/what we aspire to be. I’m happy I’ve found my role model, hope you do too. 🙂

 

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