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April 18

She tied the scarlet cord in the window.
Joshua 2:21

By the pen of Charles Spurgeon:

For her survival Rahab depended on the promise given by the spies whom she recognized as the representatives of the God of Israel. Her faith was not only simple and resolute but also very obedient. Tying a scarlet cord in the window was a trivial thing, yet she dared not run the risk of neglecting it.

Dear soul, is there a lesson here for you? Have you been obedient to all of the Lord’s will even though some of His commands seem nonessential? For example, have you thoroughly followed His example and instructions by partaking in the two ordinances of believers’ baptism and the Lord’s Supper? When these ordinances have been neglected, a case can be made that there is still a great deal of unloving disobedience in your heart. From this point forward, determine to be totally blameless in all things, even if it means tying a scarlet cord in your window if that is what God commands.

This action of Rahab also sets forth an even more serious lesson. Have I unquestioningly trusted in the precious blood of Jesus? Have I tied a scarlet cord in my window, so intricately and tightly, that my trust can never be removed? Or can I look through my window toward the Dead Sea of my sins or the Jerusalem of my hopes without even seeing the blood and all that is connected to its blessed power.

Can someone passing by my window see a cord hanging there that is so conspicuous and vibrant in color it cannot be missed? How blessed I am if my life makes the effectiveness of the atonement quite conspicuous to all onlookers. What is there to be ashamed of? May men or devils gaze at it if they wish, for the blood of Christ is my boast and my song!

Dear soul, there is One who surely will see the scarlet cord even when your faith is weak and you cannot see it yourself. Jehovah, the Avenger, will see it and pass over you. Jericho’s walls fell flat, and although Rahab’s house was on the wall, it stood intact.

Although my nature is built into the wall of humanity, when destruction smites mankind I will remain secure. So, my soul, retie the scarlet cord to the window and rest in peace.

By the pen of Jim Reimann:

What a beautiful story of forgiveness and trust! Rahab, a prostitute when the spies of Israel found her, expressed great faith in the true God of her city’s enemy. And although once a prostitute, a Gentile, and a foreigner to Israel, she goes on to become the great-great-grandmother of Israel’s King David from whose line the Messiah would come.

In light of this, never allow your past, which has been covered by the blood of Christ, to keep you from doing great things for Him. There is no sin beyond the reach of Christ’s scarlet blood, and “though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow” (Isa. 1:18).

The Holy Spirit also testifies to us about this. First he says: “This is the covenant I will make with them after that time, says the Lord. I will put my laws in their hearts, and I will write them on their minds.” Then he adds: “Their sins and lawless acts I will remember no more.”

Hebrews 10:15 – 17


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