The 12 Verses of Christmas #2

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.

Joshua 2:18

I know that verse really doesn’t have any direct connection to Christmas.  It isn’t a prophecy and it doesn’t mention the name of Jesus.  But I decided to include it because of the great symbolism that it contains.

The context of the verse is Israel’s coming destruction of Jericho.  They had spied out the land and had been hidden by Rahab the harlot.  In return for this dangerous service, they agreed to spare her and her family during their sack of the city.  The sign that she was to use was a scarlet thread hung from her window.

I love the symbolism of the scarlet thread.  There is a “scarlet thread” running all through the Bible and all through the history of mankind.  That “scarlet thread” is the Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.  He was prophesied in the Old Testament, He came in the New Testament and He has influence the course of history and the course of individual lives.

That scarlet thread is what saved Rahab and her house.  That scarlet thread is what saves us so many centuries later.  Jesus is truly the “Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.”

One other Christmas connection from this verse is found in Matthew 1:5, where this Rahab, saved by the presence of the scarlet thread, is mentioned as a part of that “scarlet thread.”  Rahab, this harlot from Jericho, came to be in the line of the King.  What a testament to God’s mercy and grace!  What a testament to His eternal plan!

2 responses to this post.

  1. This is beautiful, Ben. I think there is a poem in it all somewhere, if I can only get my brain around it. 🙂 God bless you and all that He is calling you towards!


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