Thursday, October 22, 2009

It's the Same Old Thing... And It's New Every Time

When's the last time that you read the Bible? Do you have a favorite verse? Have you ever done the Bible-in-a-year reading program?

I'm taking VLI (Vineyard Leadership Institute) and since it's a church-based leadership program, we do a LOT of talking about the Bible. Like, a lot. I just finished reading Matthew, Mark and Luke (in one night, I'm pretty impressed with myself).

But what I find the most amazing is that no matter how many times you read something in the Bible, there's always something new. Really there is. Think about it this way--have you ever watched a movie at the theater and you love it so as soon as it's out on DVD you buy it and watch it over and over? And maybe the second time you realize that the kid really IS wearing red in all of the important scenes, and the third time you catch a line that didn't make sense the first two times and you just laughed because everyone else did, and the fourth time it suddenly dawns on you that yes, that is the girl from Braveheart.

OK, so think about it like that, only Biblical.

Really honestly, you can read the same book, chapter, and even verse over and over and over again and get something new out of it each time. Of course you do have to want to.

But just last week I was starting Matthew for this VLI project, and I figured it would be a fast read, right? Yeah... until verse 5. Yeah, not book 5. Book one, verse 5. The geneology that everyone skips over. Where it says that Rahab is the mother of Boaz.

Wait, Rahab the prostitute?

So now suddenly I'm thumbing through the Old Testament, trying to find that one book where Rahab hangs a red scarf outside her window so her family will be saved because she was promised her life in thanks for hiding Joshua's men. And of course it doesn't say who she marries. But two books later is Ruth, the one about Ruth and Boaz (right, the son of this "Rahab" woman). Hmmmm...

So what on earth did I get out of this, you might ask. Well it came to me that God doesn't look at "who" we are, but rather He looks at our hearts and our willingness to do His will, no matter how hard or scary or unpopular it may be. And I realized that His rewards for doing His will are way cooler than the world's rewards. I mean, come on, Rahab is listed in the lineage of Jesus Christ, the Son of Man, the Son of God, the Savior of us all.



  1. I love the story of Rahab and the story of just shows how God's hand is always guiding us, we just have to realize it. Great post.

    My favorite verse is Psalm 13. All in all, we sing to God because he's been good to us.

  2. Absolutely love it here, wonderful post, thank you!!

  3. So true. Most of us would never ever let a prostitute be in the lineage of such a great king as Jesus if we had our way.

    But that's just the kind of God we serve. He looks way past our faults and rewards us according to His plan for our lives not based on our merit at all. I love Him for that because if one had to look at what I was before and the things I've done, no one would choose me to be a pastor's wife. But here I am, God chose me. He's really awesome.

    Thanks for visiting Fruitful Vine. Your comment led me here to this post and I'm glad because it gave me a deeper appreciation of God and the way He works.

    God bless you. I love your vine theme. I may just steal it for my blog seeing as I am Fruitful Vine and all and I have a vine in my header using the same colors. ;) LOL!

    Enjoy your weekend and do come over to visit again sometime.


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