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The men said to her, “We will not be guilty of violating the oath you made us swear, provided that when we enter the land, you tie this piece of scarlet cord in the window you let us down from; and you gather together in your house your father, mother, brothers, and your father’s entire household. Joshua 2.17-18 (from The Complete Jewish Bible)
I am a prodigal. I have returned to my Father’s arms, I wear His signet ring, His robe, and I’ve eaten the fatted calf! I ran down that road in 1992 straight into the arms of God and I’ve never looked back. My return is accounted to the faithful prayers of my mom and my grandmother; the two who never gave up on me and believed God had a bigger plan for me than I had for myself.
Now, I am the mother of two prodigals. They still enjoy wallowing in the mud and slinging pig dung. But, beloved, I serve a God who finishes what He begins; who loves more than I am able; who pursues them to the uttermost.
Twenty-five, or so, years ago I tied a red cord in our front window; just like Rahab did for the spies. She gathered her family and believed the Jewish men would keep their promise and rescue them. They did and they did!
My Life Lesson
Tiqvah: a cord of hope; Rahab’s red cord of hope – furnished her and her FAMILY the rescue promised. The city was destroyed but Rahab and her family escaped and were saved. The amazing rest of the story? Rahab is listed in the lineage of Jesus Christ our Savior! One of my favorite parts of this true account? The spies told Rahab to gather her family and they would be given the same rescue opportunity as she was. Rahab was obedient and brought in all of them.
In today’s culture, we gather our family around us by prayer, and we can hang our Tiqvah inviting Father God to chase and pursue those we love.
Father God, in the mighty Name of Yeshua, we call in the prodigals. We claim Acts 16.31 as our battle cry for our loved ones living far from You. Chase them by Your Spirit and pursue them with Your love. Amen.