Rev. Peter Greiner
Sun 19 Feb
If we do not know much about the Book of Joshua then pause and read the second chapter. As we read it we have to look at the implication of when and whether a Christian should lie. The automatic response would be that of course we should not lie.
How then do we condone what God says of Rahab when she lied about the location of the spies. Does it mean there are times when it is okay to lie or there is a need to lie.
While we ponder Rahab’s actions there is something else that Rahab is renown for. Rahab forms part of the family tree of Jesus. As we read the family tree in Matthew One we see that Rahab is the mother of Boaz. And Boaz marries another Gentile, Ruth. We then come to Obed, who is the father of Jesse, who is the father of King David.
Spend a moment or two pondering the graciousness of God in bringing into the family tree of Jesus, people who should not have been there. Yet God in His mercy brought them in. Give thanks that God extended such mercy to you and brought you into His family. Like Rahab we had no right to be there. However, God is gracious!