Destruction was imminent to the residents of Jericho. In Joshua 2, Rahab tells the spies that Joshua sent to Jericho, “I know that the LORD has given you the land, and that the terror of you has fallen on us, and that all the inhabitants of the land have melted away before you (verse 9).” She knows what they “did to the two kings of the Amorites who were beyond the Jordan, to Sihon and Og, whom you utterly destroyed (10).” The only thing that will save her is a scarlet cord.
In exchange for not telling anyone that she hid them, the spies tell her that if she displays a scarlet cord in her window to mark her place, anyone in the room with her — her father’s household — will be saved. She responds, “‘According to your words, so be it.’ So she sent them away, and they departed; and she tied the scarlet cord in the window (21).” The scarlet cord became a demonstration of her faith. She not only believed God would destroy their land, but that they could not save themselves. Only her faith in God and the scarlet cord would save her.
Our destruction is imminent unless we have faith in Jesus. We cannot save ourselves. We must believe that only Jesus can save us. We must put our faith in Christ whose scarlet blood was shed for us. Only He can redeem us from our sins. The display of our faith in Him is what will save us from eternal destruction.
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