15 So she let them down by a rope through the window, for the house she lived in was part of the city wall. 16 She said to them, “Go to the hills so the pursuers will not find you. Hide yourselves there three days until they return, and then go on your way.”
17 Now the men had said to her, “This oath you made us swear will not be binding on us 18 unless, when we enter the land, you have tied this scarlet cord in the window through which you let us down, and unless you have brought your father and mother, your brothers and all your family into your house. 19 If any of them go outside your house into the street, their blood will be on their own heads; we will not be responsible. As for those who are in the house with you, their blood will be on our head if a hand is laid on them. 20 But if you tell what we are doing, we will be released from the oath you made us swear.”
21 “Agreed,” she replied. “Let it be as you say.”
So she sent them away, and they departed. And she tied the scarlet cord in the window.
A covenant is an agreement or contract between two or more parties. Before the spies leave Rahab, they confirm the agreement and the terms:
- you must mark your house with this scarlet cord being in the window after you use it to let us down
- you and your family must remain in your house during the attack on this city (Jericho)
- anyone who leaves the house and goes into the street will be guilty of their own blood being shed; we will bear no responsibility
- blood will be on our head if you follow these terms and a hand is laid on you or your family
- we are free of this oath of protection if you expose our mission
The color of the rope, scarlet, is important as it reminds us of the blood that was placed upon the Israelite doorposts in Egypt when the death angel was coming through (Exodus 12:12). The blood saved the lives of the Jews just as this scarlet cord will save Rahab and her family.
Rehab found out that The Lord is the covenant keeping God as she and her family was saved. Her story points forward to the Messiah who was born into this world to become our Sacrificial Lamb, the High Priest of a new and better covenant. Christ is the mediator of this new covenant. John the Baptist declared Him to be the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. It is the story of redemption.
Hebrews 8:6, “But in fact the ministry Jesus has received is as superior to theirs as the covenant of which he is mediator is superior to the old one, since the new covenant is established on better promises.”
1 Peter 1:18-21, “For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. 20 He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake. 21 Through him you believe in God, who raised him from the dead and glorified him, and so your faith and hope are in God.”
Hallowed be Your precious Name. Thank you for so loving us that You gave your precious Son to redeem our souls through His blood. He is the sinless, blameless, spotless, pure and perfect Lamb of God who reconciles every man who will repent of his sin, believe in his heart and confess with his mouth that Jesus is Lord and that You have raised Him from the dead back to You. We are so thankful to know without any doubt that our Redeemer lives.
What an Awesome and Wonderful God you are!
In Jesus Name,