Sunday, August 27, 2017

Putin Gave Netanyahu a Bible


Did you see this? 

Vladimir Putin gave Netanyahu a Bible during their meeting in Sochi, Russia on Wednesday. I thought that was cool, though cool is not a big enough word. I am at a loss for all other words, so you just get the deepest thought of ordinary me. Cool.

Early this year Netanyahu gave Trump a Bible. This past Spring, Putin gave Netanyahu a book about Jewish history, The Jewish War by Flavius Josephus. If these guys could just keep handing each other books instead of fighting, I think we will be good.

There's lots of turmoil in the world. 
Let's celebrate the quiet times.

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Looks like the video I linked to is no longer working. 
It originally came from Benjamin Netanyahu's Facebook page. 
If you want to see it, it was posted August 25.


Saturday, August 26, 2017

Just One Step


 Sometimes we can only see one step at a time
because that's how we are supposed to do things.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem


But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, 
are by no means least among the rulers of Judah, 
for out of you will come a ruler who will be 
the shepherd of My people Israel. Matthew 2:6

Friday, August 18, 2017

Help


That moment when you are 
watching the news and you 
realize that if God doesn't 
save us, we're not getting saved.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Rahab the Redeemed


Hebrews 11:31 
By faith Rahab the prostitute did not 
perish with those who were disobedient, 
because she had given a friendly welcome to the spies.

Rahab lived in Jericho. She hid enemy spies because she wanted to be rescued. She asked only that they would save her and her family. She believed Jericho could not stand against their God. She knew He was greater than everything else she had relied on. How did she know that? Maybe she'd heard the stories of Him. Travelers often visited her. Maybe some of them had first hand accounts. Whatever led her to this knowledge was strong enough that she acted on it courageously.

What do we know about Rahab? 

She had a home that connected to the wall around Jericho. She had a mother, father, and brothers. She was a prostitute. We don't know her age. We don't know what she looked like. We don't know how she found herself there. We don't know what her family and neighbors thought of her or even what she thought of herself. What we do know is that when she heard of the God of Israel she believed. And she trusted. Where her great faith came from we are not told. But she is listed with the Patriarchs of the Faith in Hebrews 11 because of it. She and Sarah, Abraham's wife, are the only women mentioned there. Sarah we can understand. But Rahab is a surprise, a valiant slap in the face of condemnation. Rahab is unexpected.

Sometimes people compassionately call her an Innkeeper, which ruins the story entirely. This is a story of grace. 

Joshua 2: 1-4 
And Joshua the son of Nun sent two men secretly from Shittim as spies, saying, “Go, view the land, especially Jericho.” And they went and came into the house of a prostitute whose name was Rahab and lodged there. And it was told to the king of Jericho, “Behold, men of Israel have come here tonight to search out the land.” Then the king of Jericho sent to Rahab, saying, “Bring out the men who have come to you, who entered your house, for they have come to search out all the land.” But the woman had taken the two men and hidden them.

I wonder if God told her the men were coming and where to hide them or if they told her who they were and she decided in that moment to help them. I like to think she was prepared. She set the flax out to dry on the roof because she sensed something was coming. She was waiting. 

What became of Rahab after that?

Matthew 1:5-6 
...and Salmon the father of Boaz by Rahab, and Boaz the father of Obed by Ruth, and Obed the father of Jesse, and Jesse the father of David the king.

Matthew 1:17
So all the generations from Abraham to David were fourteen generations, and from David to the deportation to Babylon fourteen generations, and from the deportation to Babylon to the Christ fourteen generations.

Rahab saved all of Israel with her kindness and then became the wife of Salmon and the mother of Boaz, Boaz who rescued Ruth who protected Naomi. Rahab joined the house of Israel. Rahab was of the bloodline of the Messiah.

Did she ever dream her name would be remembered like this? What do you dream?

Sunday, August 13, 2017

I

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; 
and when you pass through the rivers, 
they will not sweep over you. Isaiah 43:2

Friday, August 11, 2017

Stand

Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, 
ask where the good way is, and walk in it, 
and you will find rest for your souls. Jeremiah 6:16