Wonderful Grace of Jesus

TODAY’S READING:  Joshua 3:1-6:27

scarlet cordIsn’t it great how songs we learned 30 years ago can still touch our hearts and bring joy to our soul? 

Nearly 30 years ago I heard for the first time, Wonderful Grace of Jesus at my first Christian church (Grace Bible Church, Peoria, IL).  It was a rousing hymn with vocal parts, a quick pace and great lyrics of encouragement.  I always felt like the song was a  quick joyful sprint through the mountains.  Here are the words of Haldor Lillenas’ hymn  as a reminder:

Wonderful grace of Jesus,
Greater than all my sin;
How shall my tongue describe it,
Where shall its praise begin?
Taking away my burden,
Setting my spirit free;
For the wonderful grace of Jesus reaches me.

Refrain

Wonderful the matchless grace of Jesus,
Deeper than the mighty rolling sea;
Wonderful grace, all sufficient for me, for even me.
Broader than the scope of my transgressions,
Greater far than all my sin and shame,
O magnify the precious Name of Jesus.
Praise His Name!

Wonderful grace of Jesus,
Reaching to all the lost,
By it I have been pardoned,
Saved to the uttermost,
Chains have been torn asunder,
Giving me liberty;
For the wonderful grace of Jesus reaches me.

Refrain

Wonderful grace of Jesus,
Reaching the most defiled,
By its transforming power,
Making him God’s dear child,
Purchasing peace and heaven,
For all eternity;
And the wonderful grace of Jesus reaches me.

Refrain

In today’s reading we get to see an example of how wonderful the grace of Jesus is.  Today we get to read how God can take a person seen as a lowlife of society, an outcast and promote her to one of the great lists of people in the Bible.  Today we can see how God can take damaged goods, redeem them for His glory.

Yesterday’s reading (Joshua 2)  introduced us to Rahab.  In yesterday’s reading as the Israelites are waiting on the eastern side of the Jordan river two spies are sent to check out the defenses of Jericho.  The spies seek shelter in Rahab’s house, the guards come, and Rahab hides the spies on the roof of her house under some stacks of flax she had laid out to dry.  When explaining why she decided to help the spies she says: 

Joshua 2:8-11 (NLT)

8 Before the spies went to sleep that night, Rahab went up on the roof to talk with them. 9I know the Lord has given you this land,” she told them. “We are all afraid of you. Everyone in the land is living in terror. 10 For we have heard how the Lord made a dry path for you through the Red Sea when you left Egypt. And we know what you did to Sihon and Og, the two Amorite kings east of the Jordan River, whose people you completely destroyed. 11 No wonder our hearts have melted in fear! No one has the courage to fight after hearing such things. For the Lord your God is the supreme God of the heavens above and the earth below.

In today’s reading the Israelites fulfill their promise and they see the scarlet cord and spare her family the destruction that follows the felling of the walls of Jericho. 

Joshua 6:22 – 23 (NLT)

22 Meanwhile, Joshua said to the two spies, “Keep your promise. Go to the prostitute’s house and bring her out, along with all her family.”

23 The men who had been spies went in and brought out Rahab, her father, mother, brothers, and all the other relatives who were with her. They moved her whole family to a safe place near the camp of Israel.

But this is not the last time we will see Rahab’s name as we read through the Bible this year.  We will see her again on September 24th, when we read…

Matthew 1:5

Salmon the father of Boaz, whose mother was Rahab, Boaz the father of Obed, whose mother was Ruth, Obed the father of Jesse,

The verse standing there alone may not mean much.  But if you read the verses around it, you will find that we are reading the genealogy of Jesus.  What is special about the fact that Rahab has been chosen to be included in Matthew’s record of the ancestral lineage of Jesus is that she is a women and she is not an Israelite.  She must have been very special to be included in the list.  Do you also note that she is also an ancestor of King David?

She has found so much of the loving grace of God, the grace that is greater than all our sin, that she made it into the Hall of Fame of Faith (Hebrews 11), which we will read on December 20th.

Hebrews 11:31 (NIV)

31By faith the prostitute Rahab, because she welcomed the spies, was not killed with those who were disobedient

Through the grace of God a broken vessel was used and restored and promoted to great respect in the faith of those who believe.  It is because of the wonderful Grace of Jesus that any of us can ever be redeemed as broken vessels, as lost sheep found by our shepherd.  

It read another story of how Jesus has wonderful grace for all, read Luke 7:36 – 50. 

About plimtuna

I am just an average guy trying to find his way along this journey of life. I am definitely middle aged. I am definitely happily married with a wife and two children. Personally, I have a passion for things eternal. Professionally, I have a passion for things that are securely in control.
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6 Responses to Wonderful Grace of Jesus

  1. Robert Limkeman says:

    James Chapter 2 verses 25-26 “In the same way, was not even Rahab the prostitute considered righteous for what she did when she gave lodging to the spies and sent them off in a different direction? As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.”

    I thought it’s cool that today’s reading was about Rahab, because in youth group we’ve been going through the book of James and this verse was discussed this past Sunday.

    • plimtuna says:

      Robert,

      Welcome to the dialog. You are right to take what we read and apply to other things that are going on in our lives. Great catch on the verse, I missed that one. Now I will have to modify the blog to reflect that added value of your comment.

      Thanks,

      Plim

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