RAHAB, UNSUNG MOTHER
Least in the Kingdom of God]
compiled by Don R. Hender
Rahab to many can be quite the enigma. Other
than her general description and editorial labeling, and the telling of her aid offered
under some degree of danger, which she offered the two Hebrew spies, what exactly is
known concerning her? Of course, I am aware of and must deam such depictions of her in
the 'low interpretations' as to who she was, 'an innkeeper' is what I find. And when I
consider the low depiction of the Jewish Biblical context, we seem to arive at Rahab as
the 'farmer's daughter image' coupled with the unscruplous traveling salesman. And
further an association with 'those motels' of low reputaions. And the Jewish take
upon the matter gets no better than this low base depiction.
In reality we do not even know her actual age, whether she was but a young girl, a child
aiding in her father's legitimate 'innkeepers' profession. For certainly her love for her
family and her concern for their well being in negociating her family's safe remove from
Jericho seems more reflective of a family girl than a woman of the night with separate
house and a bed for hire. What we have is what the Jewish report has first taken it into
their view and hearts to notice about her. (See side story.)
Words themselves can have both low and carnally connected meanings as well as high and
wholesome meanings. Often what is taken as to those meanings says more about the describer
of the meanings of those words than it does about the reality and true meaning of the words
in the more objective sense their real meaning.
In relation to a priesthood church lesson given, the discussion of the lesson turned to
the various women which the Bible has stated as being in the ancestry of Jesus Christ.
There was mother Eve, Sarah, Rebekah, Leah, with hardly a mention of Rachel, Tamar, Rachab
[Rahab], Ruth, Bathsheba and Mary. And the discussion filtered on into the judgment ended
in rating these women as of being of high or low moral character. And one brother even
ventured to state that he did not expect to see all of them in the next life in the
Celestial Kingdom, he presuming that he would be there of course. There was even one
direct statement concerning Rahab herself not qualifying to be there.
This rubbed me the wrong way and I was glad when such comments were taken to task along
the lines of the mercies of Christ, the significance of and gift of the atonement open
to all who are the truly repentant. And final a number of us concluded that there would
be many a righteous woman and man in the Celestial Kingdom who had under gone the process
of repentance and forgiveness and that God remembered their sins no more and certainly
they will be the 'righteous' heirs to the Celestial Kingdom of God.
This brings me back to Rahab. What do we know of her for sure? And in the eternal sceme
of things is it really any of our business to either know or concern ourselves with such
low base depictions of persons we really know much of nothing about.
When I read and consider Rahab, I consider her as working in a family provided 'Inn' of
highest reputation, and not the sleeze motel in the shady neighborhood of the city. I
like to think of that Inn where Joseph sought to have he and Mary stay that night. And
Rahab as a youth member of the family doing the common wholesome chores of cleaning
and maintaining the inn.
One Jewish held tradition is that when Rahab's family were delivered safe from Jericho, they
did join with the people Israel, who were not only made up of those of the tribes of Israel
but also of those who did remove from Egypt with them and many of whom had also adopted
the religion of Israel and the God Jehovah as their own God and religion. It is even
reported in the Jewish Encyclopedia that Rahab became one of the wives of Joshua which counter
relates to that report in the scriptures that makes her but Boaz's mother, Rachab (Matthew
And yet the timeline of Rahab befriending the Hebrew spies when Israel first entered into
the promised land seem to be some number of generations removed from when Boaz took it upon
himself to act as the near kinsman and redeem the properties of Elimelech and Manlon, the
dead, upon a surogate produced son Obed raised to be the son of Naomi and the Ephrathite
house of Elimelech. That old Rahab would have to be pretty old to stand as Boaz's mother, but
perhaps as I consider it possible, it was a daughter of Rahab who was mother of Boaz and
very possible the maternal connecting link between the Epraimite family of Elimelech and
the Jewish family of Boaz, but that's another story [See
Messiah ben David ~ Messiah ben Joseph].
The 'Scarlet Cord' has been used in various meanings. In terms of finding Christ it is
that link unto the redemption and salvation of the Lord. Without that lifeline of the
atonement all mankind would be forever lost in their sins with without forgiveness or
salvation. In terms of Rahab's scarlet rope or cord it was an avenue of escape from the
evils of that wicked pagan city of Jericho to the truth of the religion of Jehovah. Whatever
Rahab and her family's background had been, their escape from the destruction of the city
of Jericho was a welcome releif and blessing of a much better and righteous way of life.
This hope of redeption through Jesus Christ is held out to all men. All are invited to him to
come and partake of his richness, goodness and mercy with promise of the blessings of heaven
to the truely penentant. For there is no man who is without sin and all are in need of the
Saviors redemptive powers. Akin to this symbolism of the scarlet cord of Rahab comes the
scarlet 'string' of Rachel. Rachel is looked to as the 'Eternal Mother' of Israel and that
is above the positioning of her sister Leah. As Matthew points out, it was Rachel who weep
for the deaths of 'her' children when King Herod ordered the death of all the sons of
Israel of Ramah from the age of 2 down. This matriarchal position of 'Mother Rachel' is
further explored and expounded upon in the pages of the link above as Messiah ben David ~
Messiah ben Joseph. And the significance of the red cord or string may well be that cord
which connects the Mothers of the ancestry of the Christ, including Rachel, for she is not
only one such mother, but the Mother of all Israel in her position.