“…bind this line of scarlet cord in the window…”
– Joshua 2:18
The people of Jericho had heard of the God of Israel. They knew He was Righteous and Just and would bring judgment on sin; this is why their “hearts melted,” and there was no more courage found in anyone. Just as the Lord would do with His chosen people, He would do with all nations that turn from Him. Rahab, of Jericho, recognized these things when the two men from Israel came in to spy out the land.
Rahab was a prostitute, involved in sexual immorality. By all measures in God’s society, a woman committing willful sin. When she recognized that judgment was coming, she identified an opportunity to escape it and pleaded for a sign that she be spared. She did not only beg for her life but for the lives of others. Rahab begged and said, “and spare my father, my mother, my brothers, my sisters, and all that they have, and deliver our lives from death” (Joshua 2:13). The scarlet cord hung in her window was the sign that she would be spared.
Jesus said, “When you see clouds beginning to form in the west, you say, ‘Here comes a shower.’ and you are right. When the south wind blows, you say, ‘today will be a scorcher.’ and it is. You fools! You know to interpret the weather signs of the earth and sky, but you don’t know how to interpret the present times. Why can’t you decide for yourselves what is right?” (Luke 12:54-57 NLT). We must each recognize the signs of the times and decide for ourselves what is right.
We gain a clear picture of what days we are living in by reading Matthew chapter twenty-four. It is imperative to realize what days we are living in. When we recognize the times, we can look for a sign to be spared, that sign is Jesus. Jesus hung on the cross and shed His blood of scarlet for each one of us. If we accept Him by faith, we will spend eternity in heaven. Do you recognize the times?
“The fact that she hung the rope from the window was proof that she had faith, just as the blood of the slain lamb put on the doorposts in Egypt proved that the Jews believed God’s Word. Faith in the living God means salvation, and faith in His covenant gives assurance.”
– Warren Wiersbe