The Scarlet Cord

Was not Rahab the harlot also justified? (James 2:25 NKJV)

Rahab was a woman with a tarnished reputation; a woman of immoral behavior. Rahab was a prostitute who lived in Jericho. When Joshua sent spies into the city, she hid these enemies of the government in her house. When she was questioned, she lied. She would probably have been rewarded for turning in the spies, yet she chose to put her life in jeopardy by not disclosing their whereabouts. In return for hiding the spies, she and her family were promised safety when the walls of Jericho would later tumble. She needed only to hang a scarlet cord from her window to spare her household. “By faith the harlot Rahab did not perish with those who did not believe, when she had received the spies with peace” (Hebrews 11:31). 

Rahab was King David’s great, great grandmother. This lying woman of ill-repute was in the lineage of Jesus Christ (Matthew 1:5). Rahab is listed in the Hebrews “hall of fame” as a woman of faith. God’s love and forgiveness know no boundaries or prejudice. The blood of Jesus Christ—the scarlet cord—can reach anyone. God’s love is amazing and His grace is divine. This story is not about Rahab’s career choice. It’s not about the lie. The point is not her moral ethics, but her faith. If you have not been washed in the blood of Jesus Christ, reach out and take hold of the scarlet cord. It is never beyond our reach!

Father of mercy, thank You for Your amazing love, mercy, and grace!

Angie (OH)

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