Narrative Account of the Spirit often places similar events and juxtapose them. The narrative from the standpoint of God the Father has its own emphasis; so has God the Son. Each in contrast emphasizes a particular idea. Truth despite of being set in a verbal mode is given clarity. Emblem is a symbolic tag wherein objects are associated with narrative account to give the unity. It has a butterfly effect. It ties events across Time. The scarlet thread for instance.
When God informs Rebekah of two nations struggling in her womb the stand point of God is unmistakeable. God’s Will concerning the nation of Israel and the gentiles are in focus. Delivery of Esau and Jacob is contrasted with those of Pharez and Zarah. Two sets of twins but one from the narrative of God, the Father and the other from God the Son. From reading of the passages it is clear how these two nations would fare in fullness of time. The Father-Son relationship is clearly delineated from the Promise of God to Abraham. ‘In thee shall all the families of the earth be blessed.’ The Spirit renders from the two events two themes backsliding of Israel and the gentiles stepping into the breach. The Spirit adds to the second narrative a color code as it were. So when it is traced to the story of Rahab we can be certain what is the motive behind the narrative*. It is an emblem: scarlet thread around the hand of Zarah is echoed in the story of Rehab the harlot Josh. 6:17-25.
Emblem is a symbolic device and the Spirit uses it to arrive at scriptural unity. This we shall see in the next chapter on Joseph.
“But Joshua spared Rahab the prostitute, with her family and all who belonged to her, because she hid the men Joshua had sent as spies to Jericho—and she lives among the Israelites to this day(Josh.6:25-NIV).” She was added to the nation of Israel by faith and she is counted among the roll of honour in the heroes of faith. “By faith the prostitute Rahab, because she welcomed the spies, was not killed with those who were disobedient (He.11:31)”