Her faith paved the way for rescue. This Gentile woman was marked for deliverance, much as the Jews were on Passover as they marked their doors with the blood of a lamb. And He provided a way of rescue. In an interesting turn about, that scarlet line also gave hope to the Jewish people. David is a descendant of Rahab, and therefore the Messiah is in her lineage. Her rescue gave hope to their rescue. It is through her line that we all, Jew and Gentile alike, have ultimate deliverance and hope.
We have been delivered from the consequences of sin and death. Hope is not a feel good wish list for the future. Hope is faith in our deliverance — and it is available today. We see it in the picture of the scarlet line, a way of rescue to all who embrace it.
View all posts by: jen. Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from Him. Psalm David cries out for rescue in this Psalm and then recounts the ways God has already provided. Joshua It seems odd that in this passage Tiqvah is translated as line or cord.
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March 20, Eternal life is also not a feeling but a destination that is available to all that believe. Our hope is rooted in knowing. Leave a comment Click here to cancel reply. Written by jen View all posts by: jen. Search WTWN.
Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path
Candidate: Stranger, Halt. Candidate: Son of Abraham our Father. Candidate: Peace be with you. Candidate: With you be peace. Candidate: It was the challenge revived by David and his band of faithful followers which was first used by Moses when, after crossing the wilderness of Paran, he wished to distinguish the Hebrew from the stranger. Candidate: I do. Brother …, you will stand erect, grasp this Scarlet Cord with your right hand thus, and place your clenched fist on the Volume of the Sacred Law. I place my clenched right hand upon yours, and fold both ends of the Scarlet Cord over my right wrist, thus binding you to our Order and to all its members.
Director of Ceremonies: The Companions will all stand. As a pledge of your fidelity you will seal that solemn obligation once with your lips upon the V. Candidate does so, and Director of Ceremonies removes the Scarlet Cord and places it alongside the V. Director of Ceremonies: Be seated. Lecturer 1 : The Lord said to Joshua, my servant Moses is dead and you must now lead the people across the River Jordan, into the land which 1 have promised to give to them.
Joshua decided to send two men to spy out the land, and they stayed in the house of Rahab the harlot who lived in Jericho. The King of Jericho had been informed that there were Israelites in the city on a spying mission who were staying at the house of Rahab, so he sent a message telling her to put them out of her house because they were a threat to his Kingdom. Rahab told the messenger that the men did stay with her, but she did not know where they had come from, and when it was time to shut the gate at nightfall, they had departed.
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I do not know where they were going, but if you hurry you may catch up with them. In fact, she had already hidden them under the stalks of flax she had laid out on the roof. Lecturer 2 : The King's men set out after the spies, on the road which leads to the fords of the Jordan, but as soon as the pursuers had left the city the great gate had been closed and locked.
Before the spies lay down for the night, Rahab went up on to the roof and said to them, I know the Lord has given this land to you, but the people are afraid of you, all who live in this country are in dread fear of you. We have heard how the Lord dried up the water of the Red Sea for you when you escaped from Egypt, and that you killed Sihon and Og, the two Kings of the Amorites east of the Jordan. When we heard of it, our hearts sank and everyone's courage failed because of you, for the Lord your God, is God in heaven above and on the earth below.
Please swear to me in the name of the Lord that you will be kind to my family, because I have shown kindness to you. Give me a sure sign that you will spare the lives of my mother and father, my brothers and sisters, and all our family. Promise that you will save each one of us from death. They assured her that if she promised not to tell anyone of their activities they would treat her, and all her family, kindly and faithfully when the Lord gave them the land.
Lecturer 3 : So Rahab let them down by a rope through the window, for the house she lived in was part of the city wall, and she advised them to go up into the hills so that the pursuers would not find them. Hide yourself there for three days until they return to Jericho, and then go on your way. The men then told her that the oath she had made them swear would not be binding upon them unless, when they returned, she had tied a scarlet cord in the window through which she had helped them to escape, and that all her family had been brought into her house.
They also warned her that if anyone went outside the house into the street, their blood would be on their own heads, but if a hand was laid on anyone who remained in the house with her, they would accept full responsibility. If you tell anyone of these plans, however, we will be released from the oath you made us swear. Rahab readily agreed to all these conditions and they then communicated to her the password Sihon, and showed her how to bind the line of Scarlet Cord in the window of the house through which they escaped. Lecturer 4 : As soon as they had departed she collected her family and communicated to them the password, thus ensuring the safety of herself and all who were in the house, for when Jericho was taken the young men, at the command of Joshua, went in and brought out Rahab, her mother and father, and all her family and led them to safety before burning the city with fire.
Rahab continued to live among the Israelites, where she was greatly honoured for saving the lives of the spies. She married Salmon, the son of one of the spies named Naason, a Prince and Ruler in Israel, and they had a son named Boaz who was the great-grandfather of David. If it is considered too much for the Primus to continue another Companion may confer the secrets.
Director of Ceremonies conducts candidate to the front of the Pedestal Companion, the sign of the First Grade is given by fully extending your right arm in front of the body with the right hand clenched into a fist, the relevance of which you will appreciate since it is the manner in which you made your Obligation. The Grip is given by one Companion reaching out with his clenched right hand and the other placing his clenched right hand upon it.
I am now permitted to communicate to you the challenge of the First Grade, in which the challenger gives the sign and says 'Deo Gratias' meaning "Thanks be to God" to which the reply is 'Bene Die' meaning, "Speak naught but good", accompanied by the sign. I now invest you with the jewel of the First Grade, which is a replica of an ancient golden key suspended from the neck by a scarlet cord. The key is a symbol of silence and circumspection which reminds a Companion of the Scarlet Cord to keep a tongue of good report, to abstain from the debasing vices of slander and defamation, to keep silence when naught good can be said of a Companion, and to lock up in the sacred repository of his heart and keep strict guard over the secrets of a Companion when entrusted to him as such.
I invest you with this Scarlet Sash which is worn over the right shoulder and under the left arm. I also invest you with this Scarlet Cord, which is worn round the waist with the tassels on the left hip, and I present you with this sword. These are the symbols of your new rank which is that of an Ostiarius or doorkeeper within our Ancient Order. The Password of an Ostiarius is that given to Rahab by the spies, Sihon. The sign of an Ostiarius is given by putting the right eye against the aperture formed by placing the tip of the right forefinger horizontally upon the tip of the thumb of the right hand, which represents a door keeper looking through the guichet or wicket of his watch-tower.
Episcopus I would rather be a door keeper in the house of my God than to dwell in the tents of wickedness. Further advancement in the Order will follow as a reward for fidelity, assiduity and devotion to duty. I warmly congratulate you, my Companion, and bid you take your seat, beside our Director of Ceremonies, among your equals. The President then conducts the remaining business on the agenda, and the Consistory is then closed.
President: The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Companion Guarder, what saith the Watchman? Guarder gives a Court Bow to the President opens door and says to the Watchman outside: Companion Watchman, what of the day? Watchman: The morning cometh and all is safe and well.
President: Companions, you will stand to order with the sign of the First Grade. President: All our work having been happily conducted and completed, I now call on Companion Episcopus for prayer. May He preserve and comfort us all and, under the shadow of His wing, may we rest secure from harm.