I love this story because we're talking about holy men and a harlot. Jesus loves all and will use anyone willing. When these men came to her ,she knew who they were and believed their God parted the Red Sea and conquered powerful kings and armies. She trusted their words were true and that their God could and would honor the promise made to her and her family... if they stayed under her roof... the umbrella of Gods hand. 'By faith the harlot Rahab perished not' but she had to put her faith to work by following the instructions of the men is Israel, gathering her family and dropping the scarlet thread, (the blood of Jesus) 'Faith without works is dead'. Believe in the Lord, trust in His word and do His will in your life. He will do the rest. The promise.
Isn't the scarlett thread (rope) symbolic of the blood of Christ? From the beginning with the covering of Adam and Eve's sin to the end when "they which have come out of great tribulation" are made white in the blood of the lamb. As Rehab's life was saved so is mankind saved if we ask for it.
Another thing I really like about this true story is that God had gone BEFORE the spies. The people of Jericho ALREADY knew that God Himself had blessed the Israelites. Rehab not only knew what God was doing, but decided believe it (which requires ACTION). I WANT to be among those who ACT upon that which I believe.
It seems like I remember a message about this how the scarlet thread signifies Gods blood a foreshadowing of his ultimate sacrifice. Therefore Gods covering was over their house. And saved their lives just as he does for all of us.
A powerful story of God's love. It doesn't matter who we are or what we have done; if we choose to believe in Jesus Christ and in His precious blood. It reminds us that through the lineage of Rahab, a Canaanite harlot became part of the lineage of King David out of which the Messiah came...seemingly an early sigh that God's grace and forgiveness is extended to all. It also shows that nothing is impossible for God; we just have to trust in Him and believe that what He says will come to pass. Rahab, her father and mother and brothers; and all her father's household were spared. The scarlet cord was a sign to the Israelites that a friend of God's people lived within the house.