Today, we come to second part of our series on
God's omniscience and benevolence seen so conspicuously in the Rahab's
"...she had taken them up to the roof and hidden them beneath piles of flax that were drying there." (Joshua 2:6)
"By faith--because she believed in God and his power--Rahab the harlot did not die with all the others in her city when they refused to obey God, for she gave a friendly welcome to the spies." (Heb 11:31)
What is faith...if it doesn't spur anyone to put everything at God's altar trusting in His eventual deliverance all the time? There was Rahab, despite being fully aware of the consequences of "treason" (her neck would be in the Royal chopping block) still risking her life to be in God's scheme of things (Joshua 2:6/Heb 11:31)...which, amongst others, included the immediate safety of the two spies...
"'...we'll see to it that you and your family aren't harmed,' they promised. 'We'll defend you with our lives.'" (Joshua 2:14-15)
Her immediate reward for displaying exemplary faith? A solemn promise was made that at the imminent annihilation of the City of Jericho, she along with her relatives would be personally protected by these two men (Joshua 2:14-15), whose lives she had saved by putting her own at risk. As far as rewards go, her first one was merely the "tip of the iceberg!"
"We cannot be responsible for what happens to you unless this rope is hanging from this window..." (Joshua 2:18)
The scarlet rope which hung from her window was going to be her "passport" to safety. In a way, doesn't the scarlet rope portend the Cross of Christ, which is the only "ticket" for us to safety escape God's wrath (I Thess 1:10)? Yes, if in the First Five Books of the Bible...
a) the Ram (sacrificed in the place of Issac -- See Genesis 22:13);
b) the Pascal lamb (Exodus 12:1-13/I Cor 5:7-8);
c) the Scapegoat (Leviticus 16:20-22/Heb 13:12);
d) the Brazen serpent (Numbers 21:9/John 3:14-15); and
e) the Cursed tree (Deuteronomy 21:23/Gal 3:13)
typified the redemption cross of Christ, then it can be said without an iota of doubt that in the sixth Book of the Bible the Scarlet rope foreshadowed the same.
Prayer: Father, we praise Thee for placing so many signs in the Sacred Scriptures which portended the Cross on which the Redemption plan was completed. We praise Thee, once again in Jesus' Name. Amen.
An unworthy servant
J and SM Ministries
(To access the entire "Of Rahab and the Lord's Radar" mini-series, please click here.)