Aug 10, 2022 18:30pm
Scarlet Thread of Redemption

Two months. That’s how long it would take for a father and son team to weave just one square foot of tapestry. These woven textiles were big during the medieval times, but their history dates back even further. Beautiful colors pieced together to form a story-telling picture.

Imagine a weaver sitting down to create such a work of art. It must be carefully thought out from beginning to end. The weaver must be able to see the final picture before even beginning. And the thread that was pulled through at the start, continues to be woven throughout the tapestry to form the magnificent story it would tell at the end.

Rahab, the former harlot, stands with the two spies sent from Joshua to see what lay ahead in Jericho. Knowing the God they serve and the mighty things He has done, she hides them from the soldiers and now seeks their help in return. She asks them to spare her and her family’s lives when they conquer the city.

“And the men answered her, Our life for yours, if ye utter not this our business. And it shall be, when the LORD hath given us the land, that we will deal kindly and truly with thee. Then she let them down by a cord through the window: for her house was upon the town wall, and she dwelt upon the wall. And she said unto them, Get you to the mountain, lest the pursuers meet you; and hide yourselves there three days, until the pursuers be returned: and afterward may ye go your way. And the men said unto her, We will be blameless of this thine oath which thou hast made us swear. Behold, when we come into the land, thou shalt bind this line of scarlet thread in the window which thou didst let us down by: and thou shalt bring thy father, and thy mother, and thy brethren, and all thy father’s household, home unto thee. And it shall be, that whosoever shall go out of the doors of thy house into the street, his blood shall be upon his head, and we will be guiltless: and whosoever shall be with thee in the house, his blood shall be on our head, if any hand be upon him. And if thou utter this our business, then we will be quit of thine oath which thou hast made us to swear. And she said, According unto your words, so be it. And she sent them away, and they departed: and she bound the scarlet line in the window.” (Joshua 2:14-21)

This red cord was a sign to the men to Passover her home and kept all who were inside safe from death. Just as the blood on the doorpost did for the Israelites centuries before during the night of the Passover.

Oh, how beautiful is this scarlet thread of redemption that is woven through the Bible to give us this beautiful picture! As it begins, we just see pieces forming as it is sewed together. But in the end, the picture forms and it’s breathtaking! The artist of this tapestry is none other than God himself, weaving the scarlet thread of His redemption of mankind throughout history, giving us the picture of the blood of Jesus Christ and the salvation He offers. He knows what the picture looks like, He is the creator. And it is His blood used to color the scarlet thread.

Oh, how beautiful it is that this scarlet thread is woven through our life as well! You are a part of this extravagant tapestry! Redemption is offered to all who will believe in Christ Jesus and accept His offer of salvation. I pray you do that today!

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