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.

Welcome to Tiqvah!

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What is Tiqvah anyway? You will find in the bible, in Joshua Chapters 2-6, the story of Rahab and her family.

The word “tiqvah” is used in Joshua 2:18 and is translated as “cord” as in an attachment. It is also translated to mean the following:

  • to hope
  • to expect
  • to think
  • to live
  • to be something that one longs or desires for
  • it is an attitude of anticipation or expectation

This passage describes the conquest of the fortified city of Jericho by the Israelites. In its day, Jericho was the most important Canaanite fortress city in the Jordan Valley. It was a stronghold directly in the path of the advancing Israelites, who had just crossed the Jordan River (Joshua 3:1-17). Before entering the land west of the Jordan, Joshua sent two spies to look over the land. The king of Jericho heard that two Israelite spies were within his city and ordered them to be brought out to him.

Rahab, the woman with whom the spies were staying, protected them by hiding them on her roof. She told them how the citizens of Jericho had been fearful of the Israelites ever since they defeated the Egyptians via the Red Sea miracle (some 40 years prior). She agreed to help them escape, provided that she and her family were spared in the upcoming battle.

The spies agreed to her request, giving her three conditions to be met: 1) she must distinguish her house from the others by hanging a scarlet rope out of the window so the Israelites would know which home to spare; 2) her family must be inside the house during the battle; and 3) she must not later turn on the spies.

The city was completely destroyed, and every man, woman, and child in it was killed. Only Rahab and her family were spared. Ultimately, Rahab married Salmon, an Israelite from the tribe of Judah. Her son was Boaz, the husband of Ruth. Joseph, the legal father of Jesus, is her direct descendant. God had, and will always have a plan for us no matter what we do, who we are, or where we have been. He is concerned with where we are headed. “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God” (Ephesians 2:8).

Rahab and Christians are saved by an act of grace through faith, true faith requires and is exemplified by action (James 2). Rahab had to put the scarlet cord out of the window. The only way that she could be spared was to follow the directions given to her by the Israelite spies. Rahab’s faith enabled her to turn away from her culture, her people, and her religion and to the Lord.

Commitment to a true faith in God may necessitate setting priorities that are contrary to those of the world, as we are exhorted to do in Romans 12:2.

Tiqvah is the cord or rope which symbolizes the promise that anchors us to the character and promises of God that He can, and will, spare us from destruction. These are His promises:

  • Promise of Presence – Matthew 28:20 – “Surely, I am with you always”
  • Promise of Purpose – Philippians 2:13 – “for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose”
  • Promise of Grace – 2 Corinthians 9:8 – “God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work”
  • Promise of Answered Prayer – Matthew 21:22 – “And all things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.”

Once we come to Christ, our past no longer matters. The slate is wiped clean for all who believe and accept the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross on our behalf. Rahab was no longer viewed as an unclean prostitute, but as one worthy by grace to be part of the lineage of our Lord Jesus Christ. You see:

  • Rahab was a Gentile, Harlot (prostitute)
  • She took direction and risk and hung the scarlet cord out her window, which spared their lives from destruction as the walls of Jericho fell
  • Rahab was David’s great-great grandmother (named in the geneology of Jesus Christ)
  • Rahab’s son, Boaz was married to Ruth
  • Ruth was married to Joseph
  • Joseph was the earthly father of Jesus Christ

Rahab’s story is one of Grace and of the Hope that is found in trusting God with all that we have. No matter what walk of life you experience along the way, God can heal that, He can restore that, and He can use you as a brand new creation in Him for bringing about joy and goodness for all who will hear your story.

I pray you will take these words to heart and allow us the opportunity to meet you, to walk with you along your journey in becoming something even more beautiful. For you see, it is from some of our worst messes that God creates the most beautiful things.

May God bless you as you consider hanging out your own cord!