Reflection Paper 2
Eduardo E. Mendez
“Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.’” (John 14:6, NIV)
From the very first time man sinned in Eden, the question of deception, truth, and lies has been a difficult one. Our enemy, satan, is the father of lies. Jesus Himself said to the Jews, “You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father's desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.” (John 8:44, NIV) Jesus is ...view middle of the document...
And indeed, Pharaoh himself thought Sarai was beautiful, and after giving Abram gifts of sheep, cattle, camels, and servants, took her into his household as a wife. God was gracious, though, and saved both Abram and Sarai from disgrace despite their lies. God brought about serious plagues on Pharaoh and his household and through them, the truth was revealed.
It was undeniably wrong for Abram to ask his wife Sarai to lie for him. It not only showed a deceptive heart in Abram, but also a lack of trust that God would take care of him no matter the circumstances. It was the intention of his heart to deceive Pharaoh in order to save himself. This encounter served to teach Abram that God was in control and would bring to pass His promises, and that lies would have consequences, whether to oneself, or others. Once the truth was revealed, and Pharaoh gave Sarai back to Abram, the plagues disappeared. According to Yair Zakovitch, Abram’s selfish concern for his own safety over that of his wife was a foreshadowing of what would afflict his people at a later time in Egypt when once again, God would send plagues down on Pharaoh.1 Zakovitch concludes that “God, who determines the course of events, has changed Abraham’s white lies into unintended prophecies, thereby removing the need for any punishment”.1
The role that Rahab played in the story of the Israelite’s conquest of Jericho is an important one. After 40 years spent roaming in the desert, the Israelites finally have a leader who is listening to God and taking them into the Promised Land. Joshua sends two spies into the city of Jericho and Rahab, a prostitute, hides them on the roof under stocks of flax. She is then questioned by the King’s messengers at which point she lies when she states, “Yes, the men came to me, but I did not know where they had come from. 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.” (Joshua 2:4-5, NIV). The story goes on to explain how Jericho was then taken, and Rahab and her family were saved.
Without a doubt, Rahab lies to save the spies. Not once, but twice. Whether or not the spies realized she lied is not known, since they were hiding on the roof. Of course, God knew that she sinned, and He knew she was also a prostitute. And yet, despite her sinful nature He showed grace and saved her despite her lies. As 1 Samuel 16:7 explains, “the LORD sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the LORD looks on the heart.” (ESV) God knew Rahab was a sinner, and part of a pagan society, and yet she is best known for her love for God when she said, “Know therefore today, and lay it to your heart, that the LORD is God in heaven above and on the earth beneath; there is no other” (Deuteronomy 4:39, ESV). God showed mercy and rewarded her heart, not her sin.
Not only does God honor Rahab, and save her and her...