02-08-2014 The Cord
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Jeremiah 29 talks about hope.  Verse 11 speaks more specifically and tells me that God promises to give me hope.  AND a future!  The analytically obsessed side of my personality gravitated towards that word, "hope".  I went to the Hebrew and looked up that text.  To my surprise, the word hope wasn't there.  In its place was this word - "Tiqvah".  It's translation is "CORD".   Further study revealed that the reference to "cord" came from the scarlet cord that Rahab the prostitute tied in her window, and used it to help the Israelite spies escape the walls of Jericho, during the night.  Later, when the walls of Jericho came "tumbling down" like the song says, the only wall left intact, the only dwelling left intact, was Rahab's room.



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02-08-2014 The Chord
February 8, 2014

The Cord


The bible says it was Red.  It was tied around a window, with the excess hanging down.  At least that's the picture that comes to my mind as I read the story.  On the surface, it's all wrong.  She was a prostitute.  Why did they go to her house?  What were they doing there sneaking around at night?  How did they meet her?  And, what's with the cord in the window?  Isn't it like announcing that somebody has been there?


Jeremiah 29 talks about hope.  Verse 11 speaks more specifically and tells me that God promises to give me hope.  AND a future!  The analytically obsessed side of my personality gravitated towards that word, "hope".  I went to the Hebrew and looked up that text.  To my surprise, the word hope wasn't there.  In its place was this word - "Tiqvah".  It's translation is "CORD".   Further study revealed that the reference to "cord" came from the scarlet cord that Rahab the prostitute tied in her window, and used it to help the Israelite spies escape the walls of Jericho, during the night.  Later, when the walls of Jericho came "tumbling down" like the song says, the only wall left intact, the only dwelling left intact, was Rahab's room.

 

Jeremiah's starting to make sense to me.  My hope is not in the wonderful things of this life.  It's not in how "good" things go each day of my life.  Jeremiah tells me that my "hope", my "future" is promised to me because of the "Cord"! 

 

Bind my eyes, they are the gateway to the soul.  Bind my heart - it is the room where God dwells.  When the tough times come, when your life all around you tumbles down around you, know this: "Your hope is built on nothing less than Jesus Blood, and righteousness..."  So what if the cord hangs down for all to see that God is there.  I will learn to do as the songs continues, and "dare not trust the sweetest frame, but wholly lean on Jesus name!"

 

All of a sudden, Paul's words to the Romans, make even more sense, that "all things work together for the good..."  Not good as I define it, but as He defines it.  The good that gives hope and a future!   The cord.