Relevance and News

There are some godly people who do not read newspapers or follow news channels. They consider it as a waste of time. Also, they are unconcerned about day-to-day happenings. Such people could not have meaningful conversation with others, especially those of other faiths. They also miss out to understand God’s work in human history. God orders history to fulfill His purpose and will consummate in the Second Coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Rahab was able to exercise faith in Jehovah by her habit of knowing the current affairs. She said: “For we have heard how the Lord dried up the water of the Red Sea before you when you came out of Egypt, and what you did to the two kings of the Amorites who were beyond the Jordan, to Sihon and Og, whom you devoted to destruction. And as soon as we heard it, our hearts melted, and there was no spirit left in any man because of you, for the Lord your God, he is God in the heavens above and on the earth beneath.” (Joshua 2:10-11)

1) News: Rahab was intelligent, and she was aware of what was happening around her. It was not a time of newspapers or news channels or social media. News spread through oral communication. Rahab states about deliverance of Israel from Egypt and drying up of Red Sea, which happened forty plus years ago. People were remembering that and were discussing about that. She mentions about the defeat of kings of Amorites, Sihon and Og that were devoted to destruction. Israel, near their territory was a viral news or trending news of that time.

2) Response: Rahab said that their hearts melted. They were afraid and so much discouraged.

3) Interpretation: People interpreted that Jehovah was Sovereign Lord over heavens above and on the earth beneath. She understood God’s power, authority and as judge of nations.

4) Faith: Rightly, she exercised her faith on Jehovah, the God of Israel.

All people who really seek God could find Him.

Do I understand current affairs and recognize God’s hand?