Monday, July 14, 2014

Negotiating the Peace

Monday, July 14, 2014
The LORD your God is indeed God in heaven above and on earth below.  Joshua 2:11b (NRSV)
What would you do with a bit of family “history” that everyone would advise you to delete from your resume´?   Rahab was a “great-great” of Jesus, an ancestor many would not like to list on the family tree.  She was a prostitute. 

You mean Jesus’ great-great-great grandma was a lady of the night?  Wow!  You don’t see that in the stories of religious leaders every day, do you?

During the conquest of the Promised Land Joshua sent spies to Rahab’s city.  Their presence was discovered and they were being hunted.  But this street-smart woman could see the handwriting on the wall.  She had heard the stories of how the followers of Jehovah had won every battle as if they were fighting against preschoolers.  She knew her little town couldn’t survive.  So she took the opportunity before her and hid the spies in exchange for a promise of protection for herself and her family.  This was granted, and the spies lived.  And when the battle went as expected Rahab’s little clan was saved.

Digress with me for a moment.  In wanting to be saved, Rahab confessed to the spies:  The LORD your God is indeed God…

She was uttering “surrender” words.  Now, if you’re watching an action movie full of guns and macho-men, surrender is for cowards.  But in the case of dealing with God – it is sweet music to His ears.  It is how we begin a relationship with God – give up, surrender our willfulness and come to terms with being saved; just like Rahab.

Incidentally, we ALL have that “great-great” sinner in the family tree; more than one, really.  Their names were Adam and Eve.  And it’s hard to delete that one from the resume´!

For You, Today
Remember to live in surrender today.

The surrendered life – harlot or president – it’s how the peace between heaven and earth is negotiated.

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