by Pastor Lee Hemen
April 18, 2008
“Agreed,” she replied. “Let it be as you say.” So she sent them away and they departed. And she tied the scarlet cord in the window. (Joshua 2:21)
From these verses in Joshua we get the phrase, “Hanging by a thread,” but in reality a person would have said, “His life was hanging by a scarlet thread.” Did you know that the lives of all the people you know here in this world hang by a scarlet thread? Indeed they do! Not just that life is tenuous and no one knows the day or hour of their death, nor because in reality life is a delicate thing, but there is another truth here at work. The scarlet thread of Jesus. Here’s what I mean:
Just as Joshua sent out the two spies to get intelligence on the enemy’s fortifications at Jericho and they were saved by Rahab, a prostitute, we today are saved by Jesus. Rahab was instructed to hang a scarlet thread from her window. The thread was used to denote that her house was one of ill repute, but now that sign would be one of salvation. The scarlet thread of the blood of Jesus saves us as we look to Him for our rescue.
Can you imagine what went through the minds of her family as they waited behind her door and listened as the Israelites marched around and around the city’s walls blowing their trumpets? Can you imagine the horrific noises that came from the street as the walls of Jericho crashed outward and the slaughter began? Would they be safe? Could they trust the covenant their black sheep of the family had made with these men of God? Of course Rahab could have been seen as a temple prostitute for the goddess of the city and her occupation would have been recognized as a blessing by the citizens of Jericho. However, the Israelites would not have seen her or her family in such a gracious way. She would have been condemned as a harlot, a pagan, and immediately killed along with all the other residence of the city.
Behind the safety of Rahab’s door and the mere means of one slender scarlet thread she and her entire family was safe. Protected by a promise from the Lord that His people had made to her. How marvelous to understand then that Rahab’s total contribution was not over yet and the Lord would use her again as a means whereby the Son of God would come to earth. How? Because out of her linage would come Jesus: “Salmon the father of Boaz, whose mother was Rahab, Boaz the father of Obed, whose mother was Ruth, Obed the father of Jesse, and Jesse the father of King David.” And so it would continue until on down the linage of Rahab would come “Jacob the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ.” (Matthew 1:5-16) Amazing what one scarlet thread could do!
Joseph’s distant relative was a woman named Rahab who depended upon a scarlet thread to save herself and her family from certain death. Now it is we who depend upon the scarlet thread of Jesus’ blood to save us from certain death as well. It kind of puts things into perspective doesn’t it? We never know whom God will use, but God can use anyone who is willing. Are you willing today? Remember, if He can use a scarlet woman with a red thread, He can use you!
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