(Joshua 2:1-24; Acts 8:26-40)
*Daily wemayask ourselves the same question,
How do I look?
And if there is nobody who can help, thenthe full length mirror is good enough.
“Almost all of us will get up in the morning and look in the mirror and seesomething in our appearance we may not like or wish looked different,’’
said a clinical psychologist.
It is a factthat manypeople think critically regarding external parts of their bodies,but an exception to the rule isalsopossible. Hereitis,
''I get up in the morning, take a look in the mirror and I'm very comfortable with whatIsee,''
said a former athlete attheWinterOlympics.On hearingofbothsayings,we conclude,
Even thoughthereisa minoritywho liketheir appearancewhen looking in the mirror,themajorityof peopleshould not overlooktheir rights.But the interesting thing aboutcommon“like anddislike“is thatsuchdiscrepancy iscausednotbythequality of the mirror.
* When we look at ourselves in the flat mirror, we engage inaself-evaluation of ourphysical appearance.But today, unlikebeing engaged in such an ordinary evaluation,we offer yousomething extraordinary.First, think about this. If Christians are not neutral on how theylookbeforeothers, then how much moreshouldthey be aware of how theylookatthe sightof theHoly God!And if they are really aware, God helpsby givingtohis peoplea“Supernatural Mirror.”As youmightguess, it is not an optical device that can bequalified for this purpose, it is the Word of God and particularlythe words of God’slaw. Our theologians teachthat one of the usages of God’s lawfunctionsas amirrorreflecting back ourimperfection in the light of themoralstandardgiven in the law.Such a mirrorshows our shortcomings each time when we have fallen inthought, word and deed. It doesn’t matter what we can think about ourselves, this mirror always reflects backuponourimperfection; it says,
all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God
, (Rom 3:23).*Wewish you tolook in that “Supernatural Mirror”in orderto be sure that there is no exception but onlyneeds for changing.And if thereis something youlike tobechanged,you’ll behelped.With this intentionin mind,let’slook in the“Supernatural Mirror,”namely the two stories based on(Josh2:1-24)and(Acts 8:26-40). On hearing these stories,we ask you toevaluateyourselvesobjectivelyin thepresenceof the Eternal Light.Now, please open yourBibles toJoshua chapter 2 and let us read. ……… .(After the readingwe say,
This is the word of the Lord.
And all people respond,
Thanks be to God
.)* Themost prominent character of this story is a prostitute named Rahab. What iswonderfulaboutheris that shebecame an ancestress of King David mentioned in the genealogy of Jesus (Mt1:5).Yet shebehavedin opposite to her loyal citizens as we note.Now let’sthink what she did.First, sheprovided a shelter forthe spies, (v.1);next shemisled the police, (vv.4,5);after that shedisclosed a military secret, (vv.9-11); andfinally,shemade a covenant withthe enemyof her citizensin return for her life and the lives of her relatives,(vv.12-14).From a certain perspective, Rahab isa betrayer, a woman whodeserved a death penalty