Our journey through Genesis has been going on for a few weeks now and I am enjoying thinking about covenant stories with you. Last Sunday, I told you that there is a red thread running through Scripture, the theme of God’s grace weaves through every story. When we remember that the Bible is a story of God’s love for us and God’s ongoing offer of relationship to us, it helps us not get lost in the weeds, especially when the story is strange and confusing like the story of Jacob and Rachel. It also helps us not get lost in the weeds as we go through struggles in our own lives.
I prepare a sermon on paper every week, but I like to preach without a script or notes – I get really boring if I don’t. The danger of that is I sometimes forget side notes, and this week, I forgot an important one. The visual of the red thread comes from the story of Rahab from Joshua 2. Rahab was a prostitute who helped the Hebrew spies defeat their enemies. She was told to hang a scarlet cord in her window. The battle raged outside and her whole city was eventually destroyed, but she was saved by faith. That scarlet rope, that red thread of salvation that serves as a metaphor for God’ love and protection. As I told you, the red thread in every Biblical story, and in our own stories, is connected at either end. God’s love and protection of us stretches back to creation, and it weaves through the Old Testament. It’s the blood of Christ pouring backwards, and then forwards to us.
I pray that you will have eyes to see it this week!
– Pastor Stella