April 10 Saved By Faith and a Scarlet Cord

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Deuteronomy 34:1-Joshua 2:24;  Luke 13:22-14:6;  Psalm 79:1-13;  Proverbs 12:26

“Then Joshua son of Nun secretly sent out two spies from Shittim.  ” Go, look over the land,” he said, “especially Jericho.”  So they went and entered the house of a prostitute named Rahab and stayed there.

The king of Jericho was told, “Look! Some of the Israelites have come here tonight to spy out the land.”  So the king of Jericho sent this message to Rahab: “Bring out the men who came to you and entered your house, because they have come to spy out the whole land.”

But the woman had taken the two men and hidden them….

* * * * *

“Before the spies lay down for the night, she went up on the roof and said to them, “I know that the Lord has given this land to you and that a great fear of you has fallen on us, so that all who live in this country are melting in fear because of you.   We have heard how the Lord dried up the water of the Red Sea for you when you came out of Egypt, and what you did to Sihon and Og, the two kings of the Amorites…how you completely destroyed them.  When we heard of it, our hearts melted and everyone’s courage failed because of you, for the Lord your God is God in heaven above and on the earth below.”

Joshua 2:1-12, select verses

* * * * *

A declaration of faith

from the mouth of a harlot

shows the power of God

to change a heart,

save a soul,

save many souls

from death.

One woman

who heard the same news as her

countrymen,

who should have feared for her life

because of who and what she was

confessed before God

and the spies

“Your God is God

in heaven above and

the earth below.”

God had revealed himself to her

through the mighty deeds

He had performed

and she believed!

* * * * *

God saves all who hear His Word

and believes

and confesses

that He is Lord

of Heaven and Earth.

The scarlet cord of Jesus’ blood

shed on the Cross

marks us as saved ones

for those who believe.

Death and destruction

will pass us by.

* * * * *

Rahab got a new life

walked by faith

and is recorded in Jesus’

family tree.

* * * * *

“By faith, Rahab the harlot did not perish along with those who were disobedient, after she welcomed the spies in peace.”  Hebrews 11:31

“…and to Salmon was born Boaz by Rahab; and to Boaz was born Obed by Ruth; and to Obed, Jesse; and to Jesse was born David the king.”  Matthew 1:5

Lord God, thank you for preserving the story of Rahab the prostitute, the story of her faith in You and how that faith brought her new life.  Your word is meant for all people–people just like Rahab.  Your word brings life!  Please help us to share the Good News with those who need to hear.  Thank you for taking away the scarlet sins of our lives and for making us new in Christ Jesus, our Lord whose Resurrection from the dead we continue to celebrate and rejoice!  Amen.

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