CAM’s Window

by Jim on 30 January 2010

CAM International logo

I really like the logo of the mission organization we’re with.  I’d like to know who came up with it.

In case you’ve wondered, it’s a window.  The style is very common in Mexico, and in fact all across the Spanish speaking world.

Of course this says a lot about CAM’s roots and focus.

CAM International window

But I find it especially cool that it’s a window.  There’s a lot you could read into that – a window into a world in need, or a window out of it to the love of God….

But it’s interesting to look at what the Bible says about windows.  Sometimes a window is a place of escape, sometimes of judgment, sometimes of salvation.  Way back in Genesis we see Noah opening a window in the ark, to send out the birds in order to see if the water had dried up.  Maybe you could say that was a window to the mercy of God.

But arguably the most famous story in which the window is key is a story in Joshua.

Spies are sent to investigate the city of Jericho.  They end up hiding out in the home of a prostitute – a home which had a window on the wall.

The people of Jericho have heard about what God has been doing with the people of Israel.  They’re afraid.  But this prostitute – Rahab – decides to throw herself at the mercy of the Israelites and their God.  The New Testament confirms the faith of Rahab.

She snuck the spies out the window, letting them down by a rope.

Rahab made a fascinating agreement with the spies – she would put a scarlet cord in the window.  Then she would gather family members who wanted to be saved into her house.  The scarlet cord would be a sign for the Israelites not to destroy this family.  Read more in Joshua 2.

It’s kind of reminiscent of the blood on the doorpost in Exodus 12:1-13 – the angel of death would pass by if blood was on the doorpost.  And, of course, it reminds us of salvation by the blood of Jesus – when we throw ourselves at His mercy, and trust in salvation by His blood, we find salvation.

CAM International logo

So when I see logo (which is often more or less scarlet in colour, but the way), this is the story I think of.  Rahab’s window was a window toward coming judgment – the attacking Israelite army.  But it also became a window to salvation.

By faith Rahab joined God’s people, and in fact became a great-great grandmother to King David, and an ancestor of Jesus.

By faith the walls of Jericho fell down
after they had been encircled for seven days.
By faith Rahab the prostitute did not perish with those who were disobedient,
because she had given a friendly welcome to the spies.

(Heb 11:30-31)


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