You have to wonder what Rahab’s family must have been thinking as they hunkered down in her apartment watching those mysterious Israelites circle around their city of Jericho. “Here they come again, Rahab. I don’t know what they’re doing but I’m getting worried. Are you sure we’re going to be okay in here?” It probably took a lot of convincing on Rahab’s part to get her family to believe that by tying a scarlet cord in her window they would be protected from the mass destruction we read about in Joshua 6.
Perhaps it took the same kind of faith for the Israelites themselves to trust that the blood of the lamb they had smeared across their doorframe would protect them from the plague of death striking the Egyptians in Exodus 12. In either case the Lord had provided a means of escape from certain death through a scarlet sign marking the bearer as His own.
Romans 5:9-11 describes how we are saved both from the wrath of God and justified by the blood of Christ who died for us. The blood He shed marks us as His own, justified, saved and reconciled to God.
“Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life. More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.”
That is cause for rejoicing indeed!
“Rejoice, ye pure in heart, rejoice, give thanks, and sing;
Your festal banner wave on high, the cross of Christ your King.”
(After singing Rejoice Ye Pure in Heart, listen to Handel’s Messiah selection “Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion…”)
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