This evening at bible study (you need to come join us!) we were talking about the Exodus, wandering for 40 years, Jericho, Rahab, Ruth and Moab. We covered a LOT of ground this evening! If half of those words didn’t make any sense you aren’t alone! Our ladies bible study group is on a journey to understanding the bible and how all the people and stories are interrelated. We took an entire year to work our way through the book of John and are now studying Seamless by Angie Smith. Phenomenal. All of the random pieces of the Bible puzzle are starting to fall into place. People are actually becoming interrelated and stories are being woven into a timeline of the bigger picture. I can’t highly recommend it enough. No matter where you are at in your walk, from a brand new believer to a life long believer, you will learn from her study.
You might know the story of Jericho. The Israelites had been wandering for 40 years, came to Jericho, marched around the walls for 7 days then the walls of the city came tumbling down. Yes, there’s way more to it than that, but that’s the nuts and bolts of what we remember most of the time. Just don’t forget about the prostitute Rahab who lived in the city wall who actually let the Israelites into the city to start the whole thing. Now don’t lose me here, stick with me. There’s so many reasons why we can’t forget Rahab, but largely because she was the mother of Boaz who married Ruth, who had a son named Obed, who had a son named Jesse, who had a son named David. Yes, the same “David and Goliath” David, the same “King David” David. And Jesus was born from the lineage of David.
Do you think Rahab, the prostitute who allowed the enemy Israelites into her city, ever thought that she would be of direct lineage to the savior of the world? That her choices that day would have a direct impact of the salvation of every person who would ever live? She was a prostitute, an outcast by society, who was faithful in her belief that the Israelite’s God was bigger than all other God’s, bigger than anything she had ever experienced.
We are so small in the scheme of the big picture, yet small choices make such big impacts. It is so easy to get wound up in our problems each day. How are we going to make ends meet? Who is going to pick the kids up from school? Why am I burdened like this? These daily problems are smaller than ant’s feet when you zoom out and look at the big picture. Yet our choice to follow Christ, in the big decisions and small, make massive ripple effects in the big picture.
I encourage you to follow Christ, even when it seems impossible or unimaginable. Your faithfulness to Him will have greater ripple effects than you can ever know. The problems of today are but tiny ant feet in the greatness of His work through all time.
Joshua 2 – Rahab and the Spies
Joshua 6 – Walls of Jericho
Matthew 1:5-6 – and Salmon begat Boaz of Rahab; and Boaz begat Obed of Ruth; and Obed begat Jesse; and Jesse begat David the king.
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