Monday, July 2, 2012
This Scarlet Cord - A Book Review
Joan Wolf takes the story of Rahab and tells us a beautifully written story of what Rahab's life might of been like. It is a story of love, faith and the grace of God. Keep in mind though as your read this, that this is a fictional story.
SPOILER ALERT - The writer does not have Rahab as a prostitute. She shows that because of the false gods the Cannanites serve and their sinful beliefs that most people think that Rahab has been defiled and therefore consider her a prostitute and that this has been a misconception. I will admit that this idea bugged me a little. I do feel that when writing a fictional story based on a biblical character one should at least keep with the facts that the Bible shares with us. With that said though, I really did enjoy this book. I finished the book in three days because I could hardly put it down.
After reading this book I began to look a little more to what the Bible has to say about Rahab. Her story goes beyond the pages of Joshua. In the book of James (James 2:25) she is used as an example of someone who's faith causes them to do good works.
In Hebrews 11 Rahab is listed with Abraham, Moses and Noah as a hero of faith. What does this tell you about God's mercy? He took a harlot who was despised by many and brought her to a position of honor.
In Matthew 1:5 Rahab is listed in the genealogy of Jesus Christ! How awesome is that? If God can take a sinner like Rahab and use her as part of the bloodline of his son, the Messiah, can't he use you too?
***This book was provided to me by booksneeze.com in exchange for my review!