Behold, when we come into the land, thou shalt bind this line of scarlet thread in the window which thou didst let us down by: and thou shalt bring thy father, and thy mother, and thy brethren, and all thy father’s household, home unto thee.
When Israel was preparing for the battle of Jericho, two spies were sent into the city to see what Israel was facing. There was a woman in the city by the name of Rehab who accepted the two spies into her place and hid them from the king of the city. Because the city had been shut up in preparation for the coming battle, Rehab had to let the two men down the wall of the city with a scarlet line. The two spies told Rehab to display that scarlet line in her window and her and her family would be spared when the children of Israel took the city. As had been promised by the two spies, Rehab and her household were saved when the walls of Jericho fell.
The word translated into English as line simply means hope and expectation. The same word is used in Psalm 71:5 and is translated as hope. “For thou art my hope, O Lord GOD: thou art my trust from my youth”
This line, this hope and expectation was to be scarlet. This scarlet was the same scarlet that was used in many of the Old Testament cleansing rituals. In the New Testament that scarlet was fulfilled when the blood of Jesus Christ ran down Calvary’s cross, just as the scarlet line was let down the wall of Jericho and then displayed in Rehab’s window.
That scarlet line, in fact, originated at the Throne of God Himself, with His Son, then dropped down through earth and the grave, and reached all the way into hell when Jesus went there to pay the price for our sin and to redeem our soul. That truth was displayed to us through Rehab’s act of letting down a scarlet line and then displaying it in her window.
It doesn’t matter how tall the walls are that have enclosed us in our circumstances and it doesn’t matter how fortified the city is that we feel so trapped in. We have hope today in the scarlet blood of Jesus Christ. His blood was enough to save me from an eternity in hell and His blood is enough to save me from the hell of my current situation. There is power and victory in the blood of Jesus and if I accept that scarlet blood and praise Him for that blood He shed, it will save me from the enemy of my soul today, just as it brought salvation into my life initially.
The blood of Jesus Christ is my scarlet line of hope!