Thursday, August 14, 2008

Rahab - Tired/Wired?

Joshua 2:8-9 Before the spies lay down for the night, she went up on the roof and said to them, "I know that the LORD has given this land to you 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.

So Rahab gets rid of the guys who are after the men she was hiding and then she runs up on the roof to talk to them before they fall asleep. Did you catch that? Before they fall asleep! They've been sent into a foreign land to spy on the area to destroy it, they meet up with a ... prostitute ... who for some reason agrees to hide them - the king's men are looking for them, they are hiding under a huge pile of flax on a rooftop, they have no idea what Rahab has said to the kings men and they're about to fall asleep. Just like a man. The whole world is falling in around them and they just want to lay down and take a nap.

Now I know I'm poking a little fun, but the truth is - maybe these men finally have it together. They have taken the position to trust God and be strong and courageous and know that they are being watched over. They are not the ones in fear.

Rahab just confesses it all - she tells them the whole land knows that God has promised them Jericho and that everyone is afraid of them because God does what He says He will do and imminent death is afoot for the inhabitants of the city. If that's the case, why is it that the people of the city are not seeking out God???? Any parallels here?

We, as a country, can see the decline in schooling since they've taken prayer out. The destruction that has wreaked havoc on us because we have gone so far from the will of God many won't even say He exists. The writing is on the wall - it's so easy to see - yet people are not willing to give up their own ways in search of His ways. We have to be strong enough to stand up for what is true and courageous enough to boldly proclaim it to whoever will listen - but will we.......

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