Tiqvah: Cords

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 What do the colors and cords represent through the Tiqvah ministries?

If you take the time to read about Rahab and her story of hanging her scarlet cord from her window with hope in being spared from destruction, you will see how God shows His grace in restoring hope.

That hope, woven throughout history since the beginning of time, gives a picture of how that scarlet cord winds and weaves it way throughout the Old and the New Testament attaching itself to the lives and the circumstances with promises of redemption, restoration, and renewal. Hope is that cord that so many of us cling to when things seem hopeless.

“For  I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” (Jeremiah 29:11).

To use the word “lexicon” we learn it means “dictionary”, especially of Greek, Hebrew, Syriac, or Arabic which was the spoken and written language of those in the Old and New Testament scriptures. The words “plan” and “have” are translated in the lexicon “to weave”.

The scarlet or crimson colors of Tiqvah are woven into the vison and mission of this ministry as a representation of the wholeness in mind, body, and soul that is given to us through the sacrifice of God’s only Son, Jesus Christ.

The scarlet colors of the cord represent sacrifice, the blood of Jesus on the Cross as He took our place in human form to offer us forgiveness, redemption, renewal, and restoration is found in the color of dye that was used in history to color cloth, or cords. The crimson dye, is a product of the “towla” which translated by the lexicon, is “worm”.

What is the significance of the worm in scripture?

Jesus in Psalm 22:6 says this, “But I am a worm, and no man; a reproach of men, and despised of the people”. The worm is a symbol of extreme weakness and helplessness – it is naturally despised, derided, trodden upon. This representation, “despised of the people” appeared most evidently when the people demanded the life of Jesus Christ be put to death upon the Cross instead of the accused murder who already stood trial.

Luke 23:25 paints this picture, “He released the man who had been thrown into prison for insurrection and murder, the one they asked for, and surrendered Jesus to their will”.

2 Corinthians 5:21 says, “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God”.

The Jewish people esteemed Christ as a worm, and treated him as such; he was despised by them, and hated by them, everyone trampled upon him and trod him under foot as men do worms. They nailed him to the cross with hatred.

Jesus in this human form, despised as a worm, weak, defenseless, exhausted, worn and torn, trampled upon, forgotten, ignored, alone, tried and convicted by the judgement of men, took that to the cross for all of us as seen in 2 Corinthians 13:4 says, “For he was crucified in weakness, but lives by the power of God. For we also are weak in him, but in dealing with you we will live with him by the power of God”.

Representation:

When the female of the scarlet worm, the towla, was ready to give birth to her young, she would attach her body to the trunk of a tree, fixing herself so firmly and permanently that she would never leave again. The eggs deposited beneath her body were thus protected until the larvae were hatched and able to enter their own life cycle. As the mother died, the crimson fluid stained her body and the surrounding wood.

From the dead female scarlet worms, the scarlet dyes of antiquity were extracted and used for coloring items crimson or scarlet. Hence, the scarlet cord that hung outside Rahab’s window. The same one that we, by privilege in being bought by the blood of Jesus Christ can hang as a promise that He will never forsake us, or forget us, and that He is the cord woven throughout history that can spare us from destruction.

What a picture this gives of Christ, dying on the tree, shedding His precious blood so that you and I can have life, new beginnings, clean slates, and be bound no longer by past circumstances. The sacrifice is done, our hope and protection is found in Him.

Isaiah 53:5: “But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed”.

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life”

Through Tiqvah Christian Ministries, Inc. it is our prayer that you will be blessed by the cords of redemption, the promise of hope, and the renewal of mind, body, and soul.