My posts come from my personal daily scripture readings and a part of my personal accountability. If we are going to grow as followers of Christ, we must be in the Word! If you miss these a few days, something has kept me from it; but if they're gone for too many days, call me on the carpet. We need to hold one another accountable. I follow the readings and journaling from lifejournal.me. Join me on this journey as our lives are to Reflect the Image-and Jesus IS the image. Peace, Carla Sunberg
Thursday, December 15, 2011
A Prostitute does the Right Thing
In the same way, was not Rahab the harlot also justified by works
when she received the messengers and sent them out by another way?
(James 2:25 NASB)
For just as the body without the spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead.
(James 2:26 NASB)
James is concerned that we understand that there is a connection
between faith and works. The statement regarding Rahab the harlot, or
prostitute is a little tough. How was she justified by works? Aren't
we supposed to be justified by faith? Wasn't that what the whole
reformation was about? How could this woman have been justified by her
works? In reality I believe that it was her works which revealed the
state of her faith. She had, in faith, believed that the messengers
were true men of God and that they were the "right" team. By taking
care of them, and saving their lives, her "works" revealed her "faith."
Therefore we can read that Rahab was justified by works.
Now there is a tough part in this lesson about Rahab. I remember
one evening having a Bible Study in church and those on the leadership
team really struggled with Rahab. The way that she saved God's
messengers was by lying to her leaders. So, how can we read that she
was justified by right works when those works included lying? She is
immortalized in the word for all of eternity as one who was found
It would be so much tidier if everything were simple and so black and
white! However, there are times when life is not that simple and the
decisions we have to make are not clear cut. There are times when we
have to seek the face of God and go with our gut -- and suffer the
consequences. I think of the Ten Boom family who hid Jewish people in a
small room built into their wall, so that they could save their lives.
The Ten Booms themselves ended up in a prison camp, punished for what
they had done. But it was the right thing! There are times when the
law of God rises up above the things that are happening in the world
around us. What will we do?
The past few weeks there has been turmoil in Russia. There has been
great corruption in the elections. Just today someone sent me a YouTube
link which was a German site joking about the elections. They rather
sarcastically reported that 93% of Hospital #3 had voted in favor of the
current government, and 100% of Cemetery #10 had also voted in favor.
A friend of mine in Moscow posted this quote from Martin Niemöller on her facebook site last week:
First they came for the communists,
and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a communist.
Then they came for the trade unionists,
and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a trade unionist.
Then they came for the Jews,
and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a Jew.
Then they came for me
and there was no one left to speak out for me.
Thousands of years ago a prostitute did the right thing and it was
credited to her as faith. When the moment of crisis comes in our lives,
may God give us the strength to stand up and do the right thing.
Lord, when faced with challenges which we may not truly comprehend,
may we always seek You, Your face, Your wisdom and Your leading. Amen.