Scripture reveals that God uses His creation to carry out His purposes.  Not that God has to involve anything other than His own Word to fulfill that which He desires.   In the Book of Beginnings we read that God spoke the worlds into existence and out of the darkness said “let there be light and there was light” (Gen. 1:3).  There are many recorded instances where God used human instrumentality to execute His Plan.  Often we think of God using only righteous individuals, but that is not necessarily the case.  For example, the Apostle Paul quotes the words spoken by God through Moses to Pharaoh as the Egyptian ruler was faced with letting the Jews leave the land … “For Scripture says to Pharaoh: “I raised you up for this very purpose, that I might display my power in you and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth” (Rom. 9:17). The deliverance of the Jews through the Red Sea became the gospel message of the one true God that for centuries spread throughout the known world.  At another “for a time as this,” God led two men who had been sent to reconnoiter the land of Canaan to an establishment of ill repute so that their lives might be spared.  There in Jericho God had a woman by the name of Rahab who would come to believe in the God of the Jews and be in the lineage of the humanity of Christ.  The king of Jericho was told, "Look! Some of the Israelites have come here tonight to spy out the land."  So the king of Jericho sent this message to Rahab: "Bring out the men who came to you and entered your house, because they have come to spy out the whole land." But the woman had taken the two men and hidden them” (Josh. 2:2-4).  “Before the spies lay down for the night, she went up on the roof and said to them, "I know that the LORD has given this land to you and that a great fear of you has fallen on us, so that all who live in this country are melting in fear because of you.  We have heard how the LORD dried up the water of the Red Sea for you when you came out of Egypt” (Josh. 2:8-10).  Rahab had physically protected them, but her greatest act was one of faith as she placed her trust in the pre-incarnate Christ, who, though unknown to her at the time, would take on human flesh, be born in Bethlehem and be related to her through the line of David.   Matthew in his gospel verifies that this magnificent woman was in the lineage of Jesus... “Salmon the father of Boaz, whose mother was Rahab, Boaz the father of Obed, whose mother was Ruth, Obed the father of Jesse, and Jesse the father of King David” (Matt. 1:5-6). Thus, she is recorded in the Hall of Faith … “By faith Rahab the harlot did not perish along with those who were disobedient, after she had welcomed the spies in peace” (Heb. 11:31). God had someone “for a time as this.”  Perhaps the most well known account in the Old Testament is that of Queen Esther saving the Jews living in Persia.  Haman, motivated by Satan in an attempt to eradicate the Jews and thus prevent the birth of the Savior, succeeded in obtaining an order from Xerxes to have all the Jews killed.  But God issued a challenge through Mordecia to a fantastic lady … “For if you [Esther] remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father's house will perish. Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this” (Est. 4:14). The Jews were spared and God’s Plan continued to progress to its highest peak… “But when the fulness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law, in order that He might redeem those who were under the Law, that we might receive the adoption as sons” (Gal. 4:3-5). God had promised a Savior and He arrived at the right time, went to the Cross and bore the sins of every person, thus reconciling man to God so that all who place their faith in Christ have eternal life. (John 3:36)

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