27, February 2012

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Rahab (1)

‘By faith the harlot Rahab did not perish…’ Hebrews 11:31 NKJV

For the next few days let’s look at the story of Rahab the harlot. She lived in a doomed civilisation. God told Abraham, ‘I give to you and your descendants…all the land of Canaan…’ (Genesis 17:8 NKJV) Since Rahab lived on the ‘wall’ of Jericho, in a sense she lived on the ‘brink of doom’. So do we. Today leaders scramble to stop the spread of nuclear weapons because in the wrong hands they have the power to destroy the world. The Bible speaks of a rider on a red horse with a weapon of such destructive potential, it could remove peace from the earth (Revelation 6:4). Could that be a nuclear device? Peter writes: ‘But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the Heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up. Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, looking for and hastening the coming of the Day of God…?’ (2 Peter 3:10-12 NKJV) Should we be frightened? No, the death throes of this old order are just the birth pangs of a new one. ‘Nevertheless, according to His promise, we look for new Heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells. Therefore, beloved, looking forward to these things, be diligent to be found in Him in peace, without spot and blameless.’ (2 Peter 3:13-14 NKJV) What God has in store for His redeemed people is awesome!

SoulFood: Num 34-36, Matt 18:21-35, Ps 58, Pr 6:12-15

The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright 2012

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