You know how they say "forgive, but don't forget"? Thank God He doesn't think like we do.
As we stand at our fence, greedily arguing with ourselves and with God, we're ignoring everything God has already given us inside His boundaries.
We can't be perfect. We will never stop making mistakes. But that's not what sin is. Sin has never been a mistake. Sin is a choice.
Look at us. Doubting. Unsure. Lukewarm. Embarrassed. What if it didn't have to be this way?
If you're wondering if you're blocking your blessing, maybe this is one way of sussing it out.
When I was younger, I prayed earnestly and seriously that God would help me be good. It didn't work. How did Rahab do it?
It doesn't matter how good we are. If we sin, we'll be punished. We have to resist sin. But we can't do it alone.
Raise your hand if you have ever been able to fully obey God and follow all His commands. Exactly.
We think we're awesome. But this chapter swiftly pulls us back down to earth: we're not.
Stone a person to death. It is a command that feels icky and uncomfortable and wicked. Why did God have to kill people? How could He be so cruel?