by Lynette Mergulhao

Psalm 87:4, the Lord says, “I will record Rahab and Babylon among those who acknowledge me— Philistia too, and Tyre, along with Cush—and will say, ‘This one was born in Zion.’”

What marvellous proof of our inclusion in the family of God and the Promised Land for a mere expression and an act of FAITH!

Hebrews 11 talks about the faith of the mighty men of old. Enoch triumphed over death, Noah over time, Abraham over infirmity and natural affection, Jacob over old age, Joseph over allurement of wealth, Moses over the treasures of Egypt, and “By faith the harlot Rahab perished not with them that believed not, when she had received the spies with peace.” (Hebrews 11:31)

Those of you who are unfamiliar with Rahab, be encouraged to read about her in Joshua Chapter 2. I am constrained by lack of space to retell her story here.

Rahab was not a mere hostess, but a real harlot. Her faith in some sense is great. It is faith that fights with hideous lust, struggles with fiery passion and bestial debauchery, Yes, it is faith that encounters and delivers from bondages of vice, snares of enchantment, and fearful penalty of transgression. Yes, it was faith that saved, rescued and gave Rahab purity of heart and renewed in her the beauty of holiness. And her name has been recorded for eternity— a woman full of sin, yet saved by faith!

During the days of my ‘Word Ministry’ training, it was suggested to us that it was alright to skip a few chapters in the Bible, like the long ordeals of the rituals in ‘Leviticus’ or ‘Numbers’, or the long lists of genealogies in various books of the Bible. But to my amazement, I have found that every chapter, every verse of the Bible is so rich and spiritually enriching. For instance, the first sixteen verses of the first chapter of the Book of Matthew may seem less important and boring. But I would like to share with you a magnificent revelation of salvation by grace in this chapter.

Genealogy was important to the Jews. Joseph knew Bethlehem was his ancestral hometown by studying their genealogy.

The Messiah was expected from the line of David (II Samuel 7). Only by studying genealogy could the people determine if He was the Messiah. My striking or rather shocking observation was that there were 4 women in this genealogy. A further study revealed that when the Jews made a genealogy they normally never included women on the list. They just traced the family tree from father to son. Secondly, all four women are very unusual and unlikely people.

Tamar (the mother of Perez and Zerah – refer Genesis 38), the daughter-in-law of Judah, portrays greed, deception, illegitimacy, prostitution, sexual lust, and even a hint of incest. What a powerful message about the pure grace of God that though neither Judah nor Tamar deserved it, they are both in the line of the Messiah!

Rahab (the mother of Boaz), a Canaanite harlot known for lying and deception. She is the woman of faith mentioned in Hebrews 11.31 who let down the scarlet thread for the Israeli spies in Jericho. For this act of favour towards God’s people, she became the great-great grandmother of King David and a part of Jesus’ family tree!

Ruth (the mother of Obed) was a woman from Moab—a nation born out of incest. Not a Jew, but a Moabite, the product of an incestuous relationship between Lot and his two daughters, evil as well as bitter enemies of Israel. The Jews hated the Moabites and Ammonites. But because of her faithfulness to the God of Israel, she ends up marrying Boaz and becoming David’s great-grandmother. And that’s how a person from the hated nation of Moab entered the line of the Messiah!

Bathsheba (Solomon’s mother and Uriah’s wife). Adultery was only the beginning. What followed was lying, a royal cover-up, and ultimately murder. And yet the son born to Bathsheba and David, in spite of the dirt covering the whole episode, makes it to the Saviour’s genealogy!! None of the four women were blemishless and yet all four make it to the genealogy of Christ. What a strong message to the self-righteous who thought they deserved eternal life. What a shock it would be to read this genealogy because it is filled with liars, murderers, thieves, adulterers and harlots. Testimonies are never for glorifying the sin or the sinner, but for the glory and grace of God, Who alone is the hero of the Bible!! How He chooses flawed men and women only makes His grace shine through the blackest of human sin.

The focus needs to be on JESUS. With a human background almost like yours and mine, He called himself “the friend of sinners,” and said He didn’t come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance. He said, “The Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which is lost.” (Luke 19:10)

As strange as it may seem, the worse you are, the better candidate you are for the grace of God. The same grace that the four women experienced is now available for you. No matter how far gone you are, by faith you can be a member of God’s family. His blood is waiting to wash you and His Holy Spirit is waiting to transform you. Jesus is waiting to welcome you to God’s family. So what are you waiting for? Prosperity in Partnership with God !

OBEDIENCE BEGETS PROSPERITY If you want the knee of Poverty, Sickness, Depression to bow, you have to use the right name—that is “JESUS! “He is the stone you builders rejected, which has become the capstone. Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved." Acts 4:11-12

If you will only obey the Lord your God by diligently observing all His commandments, then the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations of the earth. All these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, if you obey the Lord your God.

Deuteronomy 28:3-6.says:

1. Blessed shall you be when you come in Blessed shall you be in the city
2. Blessed shall you be in the field
3. Blessed shall be the first fruit of your womb
4. Blessed shall be the first fruit of your ground
5. Blessed shall be the fruit of your livestock, the increase of your cattle and the issue of your flock
6. Blesses shall be your basket and your kneading bowl
7. Blessed shall you be when you come in
8. Blessed shall you be when you go out

Nothing is too hard with God. He can do all things and do them well. He wants to give us more than what we need.

There are a lot of things we would be better off without, losing ourselves in obedience to God. That’s why scripture says: “The LORD will grant that the enemies who rise up against you will be defeated before you. They will come at you from one direction but flee from you in seven. The LORD will send a blessing on your barns and on everything you put your hand to. The LORD your God will bless you in the land He is giving you.” Deuteronomy 28:7-8.

The Lord will cause your enemies who rise against you to be defeated before you; they shall come out against you one way and flee before you seven ways; the Lord will command the blessings upon you, in your barns and in all that you undertake, he will bless you in the Land that the Lord your God has given you.

There is no doubt about it, you get results when you pray, when your prayer is backed up by the right attitude, when you are willing to change your way of life, when you approach Christ with firmness and determination—you will be heard, you will be received. God Bless You!

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