THE SCARLET CORD

Steve Marquez
March 10, 2015

Read Joshua 2:17-21

Joshua had sent out two spies into Jericho to see the strength of the city. The spies went into the house of Rahab, a prostitute, whose house was on the city wall. Why would they go into such an unclean house? Perhaps they thought they would be unnoticed being men, going into that place. Perhaps they wouldn’t garner any kind of suspicions there?

Then, a knock on the door, the king of that city found out about them, and now the guards were there at the door ready to arrest the spies. Immediately, Rahab leaps into action. Being in the business she was, there were times when she needed to hide someone quickly. So she quickly hid the spies. Then she told the pursuers that she didn’t know who the men were, they were there earlier, but they left and went out of the city gate before it was closed. Then the posse went out of the city in hot pursuit.

Rahab had saved the Israeli spies because she believed their God was the true God. Her people had heard of the victories that He had already given them. Rahab knew God was going to give the Israelites the land of Canaan and that Jericho would fall. She had one condition for saving them: that they would spare her and her family from destruction when they came to attack the city.

Then men made a deal with her with two provisions. One, that she wouldn’t tell anyone about their mission, and two: that she would hang her scarlet cord out the window and everyone in the house would be saved. If any of her family left the house and were killed, it would not be their fault.

The scarlet cord reminds me of the blood of Jesus. The house on the wall reminds me of Christ Himself.

When the Israelites eventually marched around the city of Jericho, the walls fell down everywhere except the home with the scarlet cord in the window. Rahab and her family were saved, not because the Israelites spared her, but because God honored the covenant between her and the spies. Remember, her house was on the wall! It should have fallen with the rest of the city walls, but it stood as a testament to God’s faithfulness.

Rahab understood that judgment was coming to her people. But she decided to put her trust in God and in the covenant made with the spies. In the same way, our entire human race is under the judgment of God. The Bible tells us that “There is none righteous, no, not one;” (Romans 3:10) and “… all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23) But the simple fact is that God loves you and made a way for you to be saved. He sent His Son, Jesus to die for your sins. He wants to save you from certain judgement, but you have to be in Christ to be saved, you have to be in the house. Here is the key to the door: Confess that you are a sinner. Believe that Jesus can save you since He is Lord and that He died for your sins and rose again. So, are you in? Are you in the house? Let me know.

D. V.

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