BEHIND THE BACKGROUND

By: Ely Lagajino

…“Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall be as wool. Isaiah 1:18 (NKJV)

One morning, I met my graduate school professor, the new University President. He asked me, “Do you know anyone who has a knowledge of running a photo studio?” 

“Why not consider my name, Sir, I said, jokingly?” 

Then he entered the conference room.  The next day the President congratulated me, saying, “We approved your name to manage the photo shop.”

“Thank you, Sir.” I almost choked.  I felt a heavy load drop on my shoulders. I ran to the book store and purchased photography books. Soon I found myself attending seminar-workshops on photography. After two weeks, I started working as the manager, photographer, and janitor of the campus photo studio.

Some beautiful and handsome students looked horrible in the pictures during those trial and error days, but some unpleasant looks turned out to be the studio models.

This year 2020 despite the pandemic, is my 22nd year of serving as a photographer on campus, the work that I never dreamed of, but learned to appreciate and praise God for. A common issue I noticed among my customers aside from their looks is their concern about the background or backdrop of their pictures.

God, the architect of the plan of redemption included a former prostitute as part of His background. In the genealogy of Jesus, Matthew mentions the name of Rahab, a repentant sinner. 

Salmon, the grandson of the prince of Judah, married Rahab.  Rahab became the mother of Boaz, and Boaz the father of Jesse. Jesse, is the father of David. From the line of David came Jesus Christ the Messiah. 

 Rahab was granted the honor of becoming a direct ancestor of Jesus (Matt. 1:5) for us to know that Jesus has a background like you and me. Jesus came to save the sinners (Luke 19:10).       

The author of the book of Hebrews included Rehab’s name in the hall of faith, together with Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Moses, and others as examples of faith (Hebrew 11:31).

                                                                                                     Mathew 1, Hebrew 11

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