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Joshua 1:10-4:24

Photo by Mandy Baldwin

I had a conversation today with a friend who had a traumatic childhood. Even church wasn’t a safe place. She remembered some of the stories from the Old Testament even though she had decided a long time ago God wasn’t for her.

Can the Old Testament point us to the saving work of God?

“Now swear to me by the Lord that you will be kind to me and my family since I have helped you. Give me some guarantee that when Jericho is conquered, you will let me live, along with my father and mother, my brothers and sisters, and all their families.” “We offer our own lives as a guarantee for your safety,” the men agreed. “If you don’t betray us, we will keep our promise and be kind to you when the Lord gives us the land.”

Joshua‬ ‭2:12-14‬ ‭NLT‬‬

I love the story of Rahab saving the Israelite spies. God intentionally chose an individual that was not “important” or respected in her culture. He intentionally valued the culturally invaluable. God demonstrated His grace and mercy in a way that allowed a prostitute to be a part of the family tree of Jesus.

This isn’t a statement God is trying to make…this is how He loves. God loves perfectly. We see it on every page of the Bible.

Yes, the Old Testament points to the saving work of God. Today, we see that work in the story of Rahab and her boldness in saving the spies and asking for saving for herself and her family. Praise God!!

Dear God, thank you for your work of grace throughout scripture. Thank you for loving. Thank you for saving. May our growing understanding of you lead us to you. Amen.

Mandy

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