THE SCARLET CORD
Suggested Reading: Joshua 2
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Key Verse: Joshua 2:21
Then she [Rahab] said, “According to your words, so be it.” And she sent them away, and they departed. And she bound the scarlet cord in the window.
Scarlet wool is mentioned in Hebrews 9:19 (read Hebrews 9:19-22). Rahab’s scarlet cord is mentioned twice in our reading, and it pictures safety through the blood. Rahab’s name is found in the genealogy of Jesus (Matthew 1:5). This Gentile woman becomes the mother of Boaz, who is the great-grandfather of King David. God’s long-term plans are amazing.
Rahab’s house was, according to verse 15, “on the wall.” This explains how the men escaped through the window, and how, that as the Israelites marched around Jericho, they would see the scarlet cord over and over. German archaeologists excavated Jericho from 1907 to 1909 and confirmed the historical record by finding a section of the wall with houses still intact where the outside walls of several houses were formed by the wall itself. Again and again the archaeological digs confirm the historical accuracy of the Bible record.
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Lord God, Your amazing grace is, well, amazing. To think You cared so much for the prostitute, Rahab. Lord Jesus, You also cared so much for the woman taken in adultery (John 8:1-11). Thank You, Great Creator, that You care for me too. I pray that I will appreciate Your care more and more every day. “God be merciful to me a sinner” is a prayer You guarantee will make me right before You (Luke 18:9-14). As Rahab said, “so be it.” Amen!
100 PERSONAL WORDS:
In Jericho today there is a huge sycamore tree with gigantic branches spreading out around it. They’ll tell you that this is the tree that Zacchaeus, who was short of stature, climbed in order to see Jesus. However, the tree is nowhere near 2000 years old. Some things you see in the Holy Land are not accurate historically or archaeologically. These things are, nevertheless, reminders of events that did occur.
Our daughter Ellen, now Ellen Shaheen, mother of six wonderful children and grandmother of three, studied in Israel before her marriage to Nizar, an Israeli Arab. Norma-Jean and I had not seen her for seven months when, right there in Jericho, she came running to meet us as we emerged from our tour bus. It was a joyous reunion. I’ll never forget the excitement I felt. It was in Jericho that on one occasion Jesus healed one blind man and on another two blind men. I can only imagine the excitement in Jericho then. I feel sad when I pass by Jericho these days on our tours, because it is in the Palestinian Territory now and the walls (figuratively and in some places literally) are up again. I pray fervently for lasting peace in that region.
Yours for the “scarlet cord” of redemption through the Blood of Christ which reaches around the world with salvation,
P.S. My son Ron and his wife, Ann, are scheduled to lead a tour of the Holy Land this November, and Norma-Jean and I expect to join them, God willing. We invite all my blog partners to join us. Be thinking and praying about it, and we will have detailed information online at www.crossroads.ca in the near future. I’m attaching a video message from Ron on the subject of “Overcoming Fear.” As I thought about yesterday’s and today’s blogs, and the challenge the Children of Israel faced, it occurred to me that all of us could use this message (click here).