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Indiana Golden Opportunity Finalist
Harboring two fugitives in a city slated for destruction, Rahab is on the losing side of this outcome. In exchange for their safety, she bargains for her own. With their pledge, she escapes prostitution and can start a new life among the people of Israel without depending on anyone, especially men. Except Salmah won’t take the hint.
High ranking soldier and leader of the tribe of Judah, Salmah is determined that nothing will taint his obedience to the laws. His parents didn’t believe the Lord’s commands at the cost of entering the Promised Land. He will not make the same mistake. Rahab’s growing faith fits right in with his plans; find a wife who loves the Lord, and settle down in the new land.
Rahab finds shelter and meaning in the Lord’s ways until her past comes back to haunt her. She loses everything she’s worked for; personal progress, respect (not that she had much, to begin with), Salmah, who she’s grown to love, and her soundness of mind. Her new faith is put to test as she finds herself alone. Isn’t that what she’d always wanted? Despite the Israelites renewed prejudices and distrust, her biggest battle is in her own mind.
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On the brink of Jerusalem's demise, devoted priest, Ezekiel, sees the insincerity of Judah's worship. Despite his efforts to call the people back to true worship of Yahweh, priests, artisans, valiant warriors, and royals are exiled to Babylon. When God gives him messages of continued judgment for the people in his homeland, his heart breaks. How can he minister to the people from so far away?
The presence of the Lord is tangible when Shiriel sings in the temple, and her voice prepares the hearts of many to worship. When she is exiled to Babylon, her faith is shaken. Does the Lord's presence extend beyond Jerusalem and His holy temple?
Ezekiel is struck mute and paralyzed as he begins his prophetic ministry, and Shiriel devises a plan to get the Lord's message back to the unfaithful people of Judah. Shiriel struggles with discontentment as serving the Lord looks nothing like she'd imagined. Can she provide for her family and carry out her husband's ministry when her joy is gone and her own dreams are placed on hold?
Status: First Draft