Tuesday, January 19, 2021


Today’s Reading: Joshua 2

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St. Stephen’s Gate is located in the northeast walls of the Old City of Jerusalem, leading to the Via Dolorosa. It is so named because of the tradition that the first follower of Jesus to be killed for his faith, Stephen, was stoned outside this gate. Like the walls of Jericho, the thickness of the walls are such that people’s homes were often located right inside or on top of them, as was the home of Rahab in Jericho.

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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 of a sacrificial lamb. 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, 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 reliability of the Bible record.


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!


Our daughter Ellen, now Ellen Shaheen, mother of six wonderful children and grandmother of three, studied in Israel before her marriage to Rev. Nizar Shaheen. 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 a 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 is wrapped around the world. The saving blood of Jesus reaches everywhere!!! In 2015, my friend, Andre Crouch, went to be with the Lord. As I meditated on the symbolism of the scarlet cord, I’ve been singing Andre’s song, “The Blood Will Never Lose Its Power” (click here for this blessed song!).


Here you can see that the ancient wooden door of St. Stephen’s Gate has been covered with metal from top to bottom for greater protection.

11 thoughts on “Tuesday, January 19, 2021

  1. Father God, thank You for Your good plans to save people. Bless all Your workers and Your work today. Help each of Your children draw close to You and be part of Your Kingdom work today. In Jesus’s name, amen

  2. Had some trouble getting on the post today. It kept timing out. Did a Google search and got on that way! I remember when David & Norma Jean met up with Ellen. The Lord had already spoken to them that Ellen had met someone “special”! God is so good. Praying for a peaceful inauguration in the U.S. tomorrow. Blessings all.

  3. Agreeing with your prayer, Doreen for a peaceful inauguration and peace and unity going forward. May God intervene in their political situation.

    I would also appreciate your prayers, once again, for my husband Joseph. He will be having an MRI on January 23rd to find out the results of the cancer treatment test he received in November and December for a brain tumour. We are asking the Lord to heal him completely and that the MRI would confirm that.
    Thank you so much for your prayers
    God bless all of you!

    • Luisa: I am praying for Joseph and agreeing with you that he would be completely healed. I am also holding you up before the Lord as it is hard on you his caregiver. May the Lord give you strength daily and hope for the future. He will never leave you nor forsake you. Amen.
      Eleanor M.

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