“I can safely say, on the authority of all that is revealed in the Word of God, that any man or woman on this earth who is bored and turned off by worship is not ready for heaven.” A W Tozer
Thoughts from the Diary of a Desperate Man by Walter A Henrichsen (“Walt”)
Rahab The Harlot
“By faith the harlot Rahab perished not with them that believed not, when she had received the spies with peace.” Hebrews 11:31
Three times in the New Testament God makes reference to Rahab the harlot: the genealogy of our Lord in Matthew 1:5, in James 2:25 as an example of being justified by works, and in this text. The Holy Spirit tells her story in Joshua 2. On the eve of Israel’s conquest of Canaan, spies lodge at her bordello. She made a league with them to the effect that if they would spare her and her family, she would betray her nation. God, upon noting this, calls her one worthy of emulation.
She does not enter “The Hall of Fame” as one of God’s heroines because she abandoned her promiscuous life and became a good Hebrew. Rather, because, as a whore, she “received the spies with peace.” She testified to the spies, “for we have heard how the Lord dried up the water of the Red sea for you, when ye came out of Egypt… for the Lord your God, He is God in heaven above, and in earth beneath.” On the basis of a rumor over forty years old, she was willing to risk all she had. God overlooked her moral imperfections and declared her great.
Rahab knew very little and took great risks. By way of contrast, the Pharisees knew a great deal and took few risks. God rebuked the Pharisees and exalted Rahab. You please God, not by what you know but by the size of the risks you are willing to take; not by what you know, but by what you apply. God did not give you the Bible to make you a smarter sinner, but rather a holy saint. Application, not knowledge, pleases God.
85 Joshua 2:10-11
Leviticus 26-27 Mark 2 (New King James Version)
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