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07/13/2017

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Unlikely Heroine


"In the same way, was not even Rahab the prostitute considered righteous for what she did when she gave lodging to the spies and sent them off in a different direction? As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead" (Jas.2:25-26).

Every major sport has its special "Hall of Fame" in which they enshrine their best players because of their accomplishments. Though not enshrined, the 11th chapter of the book of Hebrews has its own hall of fame. I usually refer to it as the hall of fame of faithful people of the Bible. Starting in verse five (5), it includes Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses and Rahab. The writer goes on to say this; "I do not have time to tell you about Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, David, Samuel and the prophets..." (Vs. 32). James certainly takes a quantum leap when he goes from Abraham, who the people consider to be their ethnic father, to Rahab, a prostitute... Now make no mistake, Rahab is a legit member of the faith hall of fame as she is mentioned three (3) times in the New Testament. In Matt.1:5, she is actually listed in the genealogy of Jesus. The linkage between the two, Abraham and Rahab, is that their great faith was evidenced by the good things they did... Rahab was one of those "minor" characters who played an unexpected and crucial role in the future of God's people. When the spies came to Jericho and found safety with her, Rahab said this; "For the Lord your God is God in heaven above and on earth below" (Josh.2:11). It is without surprise that Rahab figured prominently in Jewish lore. These unexpected figures often appear in the biblical story and enthrall us.... It is of little wonder that we identify with tax-collectors and Samaritans rather than Pharisees, Sadducees and Levites... It is against this backdrop that James reinforces his teachings of the importance of good deeds in a Christian's life. An inactive faith is of no use in the kingdom of God...

Have a great day Let His light shine through you.... Love mark Phil.4:11

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