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The Red Rope

Jericho was a crucial city in the journey to the land of Canaan. It became the site of a beachhead battle to enter the Promised Land.

Joshua had been chosen to lead the charge to victory.

It is interesting to note that “Joshua” is the same as the name “Jesus.” Joshua is the Hebrew form, and Jesus is the Greek form. The name Joshua means “Yahweh saves or delivers.

Joshua told two spies to go view the land, especially Jericho, so “they went, and came into a harlot’s house, named Rahab, and lodged there” (Joshua 2:1).

The spies seemed to dress a little differently and talked to each other in low tones with a foreign accent. Evidently, some other customers recognized them as Israelites and made a beeline to warn the king.

Notice, the devil knows when God’s messengers are invading his domain.

When the two spies came through, Rahab believed it was a divine opportunity, and she began to demonstrate her faith by action. She was ready to lay her life on the line.

When she received the messengers from Joshua into her house, she was taking a tremendous risk.

When Rahab realized that her king intended to harm the spies, she found a perfect hiding place for them. “She had brought them up to the roof of the house, and hid them with the stalks of flax, which she had laid in order upon the roof” (Joshua 2:6).

These two Israelites had to trust their deliverance to a pagan prostitute who believed in their God. The Lord often uses humble instruments to do great things.

Rahab lowered a red rope out the window, a scarlet cord, from which the men would safely descend from the high roof to the ground outside the city.

Unless the red rope was hanging from her window when the Israelites returned to conqueror the city, no one in her house would be saved.

The rope by which she delivered the messengers would be the same rope that delivered Rahab and her loved ones.

Joshua and his troops marched around Jericho 13 times. Then they blew the trumpets, shouted, and the walls fell down flat.

It was crucial to be in Rahab’s house with the red rope in the window when the walls came down.

We need faith for today and tomorrow.

Do you sometimes get discouraged and fainthearted?

When we lose heart, we lose the battle. But as Believers, our faith not only gets us to heaven, but also helps us get through each day on this earth.

We must not give up on God, no matter how bleak the circumstances may look.

“You belong to God, my dear children. You have already won a victory over those people, because the Spirit who lives in you is greater than the spirit who lives in the world.” 1 John 4:4

Hang on, have faith and enjoy the ride!

Back in 1937 the Germans made an enormous airship called the Hindenburg. It was 804 feet long!

One time they were getting ready to launch it, and they had about 100 men on the ground hanging onto ropes, trying to maneuver the Hindenburg into its hanger.

They don’t know exactly what happened, but suddenly this enormous airship rose up with tremendous force.

As soon as it started shooting up, some of the men let go of the ropes, dropped to the ground, and didn’t get hurt.

Others waited until they were 50 or more feet off the ground before they let go, and when they fell they broke their ankles and legs.

A few others panicked and instinctively tightened their grip. They kept going up with the balloon until soon they couldn’t hang on any more, let go, and fell to their deaths.

Soon the Hindenburg began to hover and drift with the breeze several hundred feet up.

One man remained. The people on the ground wondered how long he could last. They chased the airship for about three hours, and it eventually lost altitude until the man was able to let go and walk away.

The stunned onlookers asked. “How did you hang on for so long?”

He said; “Once the blimp took off, I tightened my grip. Eventually I realized that I couldn’t hold on forever. So I held on with one arm while I took my free arm and wrapped the remaining rope around my waste and tied a basic knot. For the last three hours I was just hanging up there, trusting the rope, and enjoying the view!”

Rahab’s red rope is ultimately a symbol of faith. We must tie a knot in the promises of God and hang on.

Don’t let your ideals squelch God’s ideas.

If the Lord wants to provide a way of escape through a window, instead of a door, there must be a reason.

Had the spies taken the obvious route they could have been captured.

Further, a rope hanging from an interior door would have never signaled Rahab’s location to those attacking from the outside.

We need to be careful that we don’t put God’s means of provision in a box.

He is the provider. How he provides is according to His plans and purpose. We simply need to be prepared to act in faith and not be too picky about how the promises are fulfilled.

Inspired by the book of Joshua. Adapted with excerpts from


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