“Behold, when we come into the land, you shall tie this scarlet cord in the window through which you let us down, and you shall gather into your house your father and mother, your brothers, and all your father’s household.” – Joshua 2:18
God uses imperfect sinners to do His perfect will.
In Chapter 2, we are introduced to Rahab, a prostitute in Jericho, who hides Joshua’s spies from the King. I love this part of the story
because it is a reminder of how God can use us despite our sins and our
failures. Rahab, a pagan and a harlot, is saved by her faith in the one, true God. She believes in the stories she’s heard of the God of the Hebrews and puts her life at risk to save the spies. To save her family and herself, she must hang a scarlet cord out of her window. The color scarlet is primarily associated with sin in the Bible (Revelations 17: 1-6), but instead, God uses this color to save the sinner. He uses is for redemption. For all have sinned and fallen short of God’s glory (Romans 3:23), but we have been redeemed through Christ. No sin is too big for God to use. For “we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28). What a wonderful reminder that we are not used goods but we are made new and perfect in Christ!