18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
Within the list of faith champions in Hebrews 11, Rahab is mentioned right after Moses, and instead of Joshua! It was by faith that Rahab the prostitute was not destroyed with the people in her city who refused to obey God. For she had given a friendly welcome to the spies. Hebrews 11:31Source
1 Then Joshua son of Nun secretly sent two spies from Shittim. “Go, look over the land,” he said, “especially Jericho.” So they went and entered the house of a prostitute named Rahab and stayed there.
2 The king of Jericho was told, “Look, some of the Israelites have come here tonight to spy out the land.” 3 So the king of Jericho sent this message to Rahab: “Bring out the men who came to you and entered your house, because they have come to spy out the whole land.”
4 But the woman had taken the two men and hidden them. She said, “Yes, the men came to me, but I did not know where they had come from. 5 At dusk, when it was time to close the city gate, they left. I don’t know which way they went. Go after them quickly. You may catch up with them.” 6 (But she had taken them up to the roof and hidden them under the stalks of flax she had laid out on the roof.) 7 So the men set out in pursuit of the spies on the road that leads to the fords of the Jordan, and as soon as the pursuers had gone out, the gate was shut.
8 Before the spies lay down for the night, she went up on the roof 9 and said to them, “I know that the Lord has given you this land and that a great fear of you has fallen on us, so that all who live in this country are melting in fear because of you. 10 We have heard how the Lord dried up the water of the Red Sea for you when you came out of Egypt, and what you did to Sihon and Og, the two kings of the Amorites east of the Jordan, whom you completely destroyed. 11 When we heard of it, our hearts melted in fear and everyone’s courage failed because of you, for the Lord your God is God in heaven above and on the earth below.
Because Rahab believed that Jehovah God is the “God, in heaven above and on earth beneath” she disobeyed the king of Jericho and hid the two spies. She was willing to do that because they served God whom she recognised and respected as the true God. Source
I must say that reading the scriptures fill me with joy and it makes ponder..how much we are loved by our Lord!
"A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you—and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh" (Ezekiel 36:26).
27 And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws. 28 Then you will live in the land I gave your ancestors; you will be my people, and I will be your God.
Today, our bible reading is Psalm 34, and the author of the Scriptures Union commentary stresses the importance of testimony.
Of David. When he pretended to be insane before Abimelek, who drove him away, and he left. 1 I will extol the Lord at all times; his praise will always be on my lips. 2 I will glory in the Lord; let the afflicted hear and rejoice. 3 Glorify the Lord with me; let us exalt his name together. 4 I sought the Lord, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears. 5 Those who look to him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame. 6 This poor man called, and the Lord heard him; he saved him out of all his troubles. 7 The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him, and he delivers them. 8 Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him. 9 Fear the Lord, you his holy people, for those who fear him lack nothing. 10 The lions may grow weak and hungry, but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing. 11 Come, my children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the Lord. 12 Whoever of you loves life and desires to see many good days, 13 keep your tongue from evil and your lips from telling lies. 14 Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it. 15 The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears are attentive to their cry; 16 but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil, to blot out their name from the earth. 17 The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles. 18 The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. 19 The righteous person may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all; 20 he protects all his bones, not one of them will be broken. 21 Evil will slay the wicked; the foes of the righteous will be condemned. 22 The Lord will rescue his servants; no one who takes refuge in him will be condemned.
Listening to other brothers or sisters in Christ is not only encouraging for everybody in the assembly but it also gives us strength to do the same. We may be led to share our testimony when we fellowship, prompted by the Holy Spirit. Also, we may witness to other people outside church, those who don't know yet about the love of God . Planting seeds.
I find it a delight to remember those precious and numerous moments in my life. Testimonies are those heartfelt experiences when the Lord has touched our heart.
Psalm 34 verse 8 says:
Taste and see the the Lord is good;
blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him
This verse is awesome! You may wonder why it says 'taste' here. We need to feed on the Word of God all the time otherwise we will wither. Thus, the Lord Jesus said,“Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that proceeds out through the mouth of God” (Matthew. 4:4). Jesus is quoting the Bible, Deuteronomy 8, the end of verse 3:
2 Remember how the Lord your God led you all the way in the wilderness these forty years, to humble and test you in order to know what was in your heart, whether or not you would keep his commands. 3 He humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna, which neither you nor your ancestors had known, to teach you that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord. 4 Your clothes did not wear out and your feet did not swell during these forty years. 5 Know then in your heart that as a man disciplines his son, so the Lord your God disciplines you.
Also, the Old Testament prophet Jeremiah spoke about this spiritual nourishment, he said, “Your words were found and I ate them, and Your word became to me the gladness and joy of my heart” (Jeremiah 15:16).
A prayer tonight!
Thank you Lord for those precious moments when we know that your are by us, looking after us, caring for us. Thank you for what our Lord Jesus-Christ did for us on the cross, thank you for the promise of our salvation. Holy Spirit, help us witness to other as when you lead us. We ask you in the mighty name of our Saviour Jesus-Christ amen.