Tuesday, January 19, 2010

The Scarlet Cord

Read Joshua 2:12-21

And she sent them away, and they departed. And she bound the scarlet cord in the window. Joshua 2:21 NKJ

I have a red ribbon bookmark in my Bible like the scarlet cord that Rahab tied to the window of her home in Jericho.

The scarlet cord also symbolizes Jesus' blood and this theme runs through the Bible, from Genesis to Revelation.

One time I was teaching a Bible study to a group of girls in a correctional facility. One girl needed a Bible so I gave her my study Bible with all my underlinings and notes. I was about to take my red ribbon bookmark out when I remembered what it stood for. I said, "this is the scarlet cord, like Jesus' blood." She said, "I know."

I felt great till I was on my way home and thought the ribbon might somehow be used inappropriately. (Don't we always doubt ourselves when we try to do some good?) I was so concerned that I called the director, apologized, and felt like a fool.

It was then that I realized that the scarlet thread was my lifeline. No matter how I goofed up, the scarlet thread covered me.

Have you made a big mistake? Do you need the scripture, "O Lord, don't let me make a mess of things."? Psalms 119:31 TLB

The Lord spoke so strongly to me about His forgiveness that I used the incident as an offertory for my Christian ladies' group, Aglow. Our speaker was amazed. Her topic? The scarlet cord!

Prayer: O Lord, we come to you knowing that your blood sacrifice on the cross covers our sin . We are grateful for that amazing love. Amen.


  1. I love it when GOD uses "all" aspects of our lives, even the mess ups or perceived mess ups for HIS will!

  2. Thank you Nancy for the reminder that His cord can never be lost or broken over us. :O)

  3. Nancy: You have such a pure heart before the Lord. He will honor your gift to Him and this girl, and use it to plant seeds for His kingdom.

  4. What a great message in that Nancy. I think it would be neat for us ALL to put a scarlet cord in our bibles so that we never forget the price that Jesus paid for us.

  5. Good devotional! You wrote this so well:)) And I have one of those red cords in my Bible too!!

  6. Hi Nancy,

    Thank you for visiting my blog - it's so nice to meet you.

    I enjoyed your post, especially the visual about that scarlet lifeline. Powerful. I might add that I'm out of state right now staying at my son & daughter in law's to help with the kids. My youngest grandchild is named (get ready!) SCARLET.

    Have a wonderful day!

  7. Julie - I love these Godly coincidences. They always make me smile. I enjoyed meedting you on your blog as well.

  8. It makes me tremble to think where any of us would be without what the scarlet cord represents. Great post!