tying the scarlet cord

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tying the scarlet cord

Joshua 2:15-21 (JDV)

Joshua 2:15 Then she let them down by a rope through the window, because she lived in a house that was built into the wall of the city.
Joshua 2:16 “Go to the hill country so that the men pursuing you won’t find you,” she said to them. “Hide there for three days until they return; afterward, go on your way.”
Joshua 2:17 The men said to her, “We will be free from this oath you made us swear,
Joshua 2:18 unless, when we enter the land, you tie this scarlet cord to the window through which you let us down. Bring your father, mother, brothers, and all your father’s family into your house.
Joshua 2:19 If anyone goes out the doors of your house, his death will be on his own head, and we will be innocent. But if anyone with you in the house should be harmed, his death will be on our head.
Joshua 2:20 And if you report our mission, we are free from the oath you made us swear.”
Joshua 2:21 “Let it be as you say,” she replied, and she sent them away. After they had gone, she tied the scarlet cord to the window.

tying the scarlet cord

The scarlet cord would remind the Israelites of the sign that they placed on the doorposts of their homes in Egypt. It was a covenant of protection and rescue. Even though Rahab believed that God was going to overthrow Jericho, that belief alone would not save her and her family. She had to tie the scarlet cord to her window if she wanted her family to be safe.

Do you believe that Jesus Christ is God’s salvation? If you said yes, that is a good thing. But it is not enough to save you. Yes, salvation is by faith alone, but not faith that fails to confess. Rahab had to confess her faith by tying the scarlet cord. Have you confessed your faith in Christ? The clock is ticking.

Lord, we tie the scarlet cord to our windows, confessing that Christ alone is our salvation.

About Jefferson Vann

Jefferson Vann is pastor of Piney Grove Advent Christian Church in Delco, North Carolina. You can contact him at marmsky@gmail.com -- !
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