The Scarlet Cord

30 Dec
Rahab and the Emissaries of Joshua

Rahab and the Emissaries of Joshua (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.             Joshua 1:9

Hey person, I just got here and there are words already on my blog. I wanted you to tell me a story about Joshua. You know, the guy who took over after Moses died.

Really? God said those words to Joshua when He told him to go take the Promised Land?

Do you think God would say those words to me the next time there’s thunder?

I would too listen to God.

I do too listen to you. Okay, I’m listening now.

Joshua sent two spies across the Jordan River to look over the land. He told them to especially look over Jericho. So the spies went to Jericho and stayed at the house of a prostitute named Rahab.

The king of Jericho heard that the men had come and he sent messengers to tell Rahab to bring them out.

Was that king going to give those men special honor? That’s pretty cool – a king wanted to see them.

I am listening.

Rahab hid the men and told the king’s men that they had gone. She sent the king’s men down the road looking for them.

Rahab was pretty sneaky, wasn’t she?

I’ll listen. I promise.

Rahab talked to the men she had hidden and told them that everyone in the land was afraid of their people because of the things God had done for them. She asked them to spare her life and the lives of her family.

The men agreed that if Rahab didn’t tell anyone what they were doing they would treat her kindly and faithfully. Rahab’s house was part of the city wall, so she let the men out of a window by a rope and told them to go into the hills for three days so they wouldn’t be found.

The men had climbed down on a scarlet cord, and they told Rahab that if she tied it in her window and brought her family into her house they would be spared.

Rahab agreed and sent the men on their way. They hid in the hills for three days, then forded the Jordan River and told Joshua everything that had happened to them.

So what happened next? Did Joshua and the Israelites go give those people in Jericho what for?

What? I have to wait to find out what happens next? Maybe I’ll go to Jericho and huff and puff and blow the walls down.

What do you mean I have the wrong story? I am not a big, bad wolf!


Posted by on December 30, 2012 in Bongo, Dogology, humor


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15 responses to “The Scarlet Cord

  1. marina kanavaki

    December 30, 2012 at 11:17 am


    • Bongo

      December 30, 2012 at 7:55 pm


  2. Jen

    December 30, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    Oh, walls of Jericho….that’s a song, right? 😉

    • Bongo

      December 30, 2012 at 7:58 pm

      Jen, I think it’s a song but my person says she can’t remember it right now. But she says God is bigger than those walls.

  3. Chancy and Mumsy (Mag)

    December 30, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    We know about those walls of Jericho…you gave us a giggle sweet Bongo. Another great story and we certainly enjoyed reading it. Hugs and nose kisses

    • Bongo

      December 30, 2012 at 8:01 pm

      Chancy and Mumsy, I’m glad you liked my retelling of the story. My person says those walls can’t hold anything up to God.

  4. Roberta

    December 30, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    Well told, Bongo and mom; I wonder why single women were always labeled “prostitutes?” Sigh. She was very brave and knew these men were of God. Have a Happy New Year!

    • Bongo

      December 30, 2012 at 8:03 pm

      Roberta, my person says God always used the least likely people and Rahab ended up being one of the few women listed in Jesus’ genealogy. Happy New Year to you too.

  5. Anonymous

    December 31, 2012 at 9:28 am

    Hmmm….I can’t wait for listening what happens next Bongo! I hope Rahab and her family were spared their lives.
    Happy New Year Bongo, your person and all of your family! 🙂

  6. eripanwkevin

    December 31, 2012 at 9:30 am

    Hmmmm…I can’t wait for listening what happens next Bongo! I hope that Rahab and her family were spared their lives.
    Happy New Year Bongo, your person and all of your family! 🙂

    • Bongo

      December 31, 2012 at 11:00 pm

      Kevin, my person says some pretty exciting things happen next, but the Israelites kept their promises to Rahab.

  7. Sheryl Wright Stinchcum

    January 26, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    I wish my pets (4 cats) were as smart as you are, Bongo. Your take on Jericho is brilliant.

    • Bongo

      January 26, 2013 at 2:18 pm

      Thanks Sheryl. Scratchy, the cat I live with isn’t very good at storytelling either – even though he does try to steal my blog every once in awhile. I get to share a Bible story every Sunday. Oh, and thanks for stopping by and commenting.


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