Isaiah 1:18 “Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.”
Reading: Joshua 2:1-22 Joshua 6:22-25 Hebrews 11:31
Rahab is one of my favorite stories of the Bible. Every time I think about her story I am amazed at her faith and bold actions. Truly if I had the faith of Rahab I would be far beyond happy.
Joshua 2:15 says Rahab let them down by a cord through her window and they climbed down the outer city wall that she lived upon. Their deal was that when God’s people came to destroy Jericho, they would spare her and whoever else that was inside of Rahab’s home. But only if she left the scarlet cord in the window. Many times in the Bible, the color scarlet represents sin, particularly sexual sins. In a sense, Rahab (the prositute) had to hang out her sins for all to see. Only through repenting and confessing her scarlet sins would the Lord save her. Not only did she confess her sinful lifestyle, but she did so because she had faith that God would save her! She didn’t know when Jericho would be defeated, for all she knew, it could have been a day, a couple weeks, maybe even years before the promise would be fulfilled. But she knew it would be and by faith she hung the scarlet cord.
I believe that the cord (rope) she saved the spies with and hung out her window was scarlet for a reason. Throughout many other women’s stories in the Bible there is a reoccuring scarlet thread weaving it’s way through the bloodline of Jesus Christ. As you read, not only was Rahab saved, but the author of Joshua even writes that she dwells in Israel even to this day! One of the faces I can’t wait to meet in Heaven, is Rahab.
Her story is a perfect picture of salvation. She confessed her sins, she believed God would spare her, she was saved and continued to dwell with God’s people the rest of her life.
Can you imagine her emotions on that day of redemption? Looking back through all the chaos and debris and seeing through the dust in the air, the faint glow of that scarlet cord hanging from her window, that crimson color which saved her from death.
Matthew 27: 27-28 “Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the common hall, and gathered unto him the whole band of soldiers. And they stripped him, and put on him a scarlet robe.”