By Steven L. McKenzie
During this much-needed reminder for these suffering to dwell trustworthy lives this day, Steven McKenzie insists that the Bible's actual message leads Christians clear of the evils of racism and narrowness of bigotry to God's imaginative and prescient of humanity and harmony.
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None of this diminishes the horror Page 28 of the idea of genocide that is mandated in Deuteronomy 7, but it does point out the mandate's unreal nature. For the moment, however, it is enough to observe that keeping Rahab and her household alive, however many they were, undermines the "devotion'' of Jericho and prevents it from being complete. Only after Achan's sin is confessed (7:16–21), and atoned for by obliterating him, his family, and his property (7:22–26), are the Israelites able to return to Ai and take it (8:1–23).
But even in Joshua's telling of the story, the truth emerges that the Page 35 complete destruction of the Canaanites was impossible, impractical, and in the end, undesirable. Perhaps this is one reason why she helped the Israelite spies. Before she lets them go, however, she extracts a promise from them to spare her and everyone in her house when the city falls to the Israelites (12:8–14). Her faith and good judgment move her to act boldly. The onetime prostitute from among the despised Canaanites not only played a crucial role in Israel's conquest of the land, but also had a part in engendering Israel's greatest king and the Savior of the world!
Tell ole Pharaoh, Let my people go! "Thus saith the Lord," bold Moses said, "Let my people go! " Let my people go! Out of town at the time, she was warned not to return to Memphis because of threats on her life. There is therefore only one thing left that we can do; save our money and leave a town which will neither protect our lives and property, nor give us a fair trial in the courts, but takes us out and murders us in cold blood when accused by white persons. Like Rahab, she was courageous and insightful, and like one of Moses' wives, she was of African descent.
All God's Children by Steven L. McKenzie