Tik-vaw is the theme of the Israel’s national anthem. In Joshua 2:15-24 Tik-vaw is mentioned a couple of times. It is the word that is translated “chord or thread.” It is not the “rope” that Rahab let the two spies down from her window with, but the scarlet cord that she was to display in her window. Why does Israel feature a chord in their national anthum?
The Hebrew word Tik-vaw is used about 34 times in the Hebrew Scriptures (the old testament). It has been translated as thread, longing, expectation, and hope. The best translation in my opinion for Tik-vaw is supernatural hope. Why supernatural? Hope is found in the promises of the Almighty. Paul said it this way…
Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have obtained our introduction by faith into this grace in which we stand; and we exult in hope of the glory of God. And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us. Romans 5:1-5 nasu
In Ladies Devotions today we are going to pick up our study of Joshua in chapter 2:15. Last week we read Rahab’s beautiful confession of faith. This week we are going to see that she was asked to stay in Jericho, which would soon be defeated by Israel. It is actually even worse than being asked to stay in a city that will be overthrown in just a few days. What no one but the Almighty knows at this point in the story is that she is staying in what is probably the most dangerous place she could possibly be in, the wall. Neither she nor the spies know that when the city is defeated, it will not be the gaits that are breached; rather the walls will fall. Rahab’s position is dangerous, even deadly from an earthly prospective. But Rahab is no longer living according to the way of the world but according to The Way.
How will the spies know where Rahab is? She is to display a scarlet chord or thread in her window. Why should she do that? It is because thread or chord and hope are the same Hebrew word. By faith, Rahab is displaying her hope in the Almighty, the God of the Hebrews whom she has already confessed is the God of both Heaven and of Earth. Her confidence is not in two clumsy men who wondered into a dangerous place and needed to be rescued by a woman. No, her confidence is in their God, now her God, who is able to keep her safe even in an impossible circumstance. With supernatural hope, she would have the privilege of saving as many as she was able to fit into her apartment on the day of the attack. She is not some helpless Repunzel of fairy-tale fame, waiting for the handsome prince to rescue her. She is the chaiyl woman of Proverbs 31:10, the virtuous warrior.
You know how the story ends. The woman who was once despised, known as a prostitute and who would lie when it seemed like a good way to get out of a tough situation, became virtuous because of her confession of faith in the God of the Hebrews. Did you know that she became one of people who are earthly ancestors of the Messiah? Mary and Joseph came from the children of Rahab. She is in the line of Messiah!
Do you think you are in trouble because of things you have done? Maybe you should tie a scarlet thread around your wrist to remind you that you have hope in Jesus. Walk in The Way, he is able to keep you even when you know that your sin is as scarlet as the thread (Isaiah 1:18) but your hope is as sure as Rahab’s. The woman I know as a virtuous warrior whom the Almighty, the KING of Kings saved from the disaster of Jericho’s wall.
…tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.
Mrs. Hagerty, October 12, 2015 (Happy Columbus Day!)