Spiritual Dictionary Section R

Rahab – A term for the concept of “Boasting” or “The Boaster”.  This concept is used to describe Egypt. CO

God will make mention of Rahab and Babylon to them that know Him – equating Egypt and Babylon. Psalms87:4

God has broken Rahab. Marginal reference to Egypt. Psalms 89:10

God has “cut” Rahab and wounded the dragon. He has done this with the sword of the Word and by drying up the waters as the Red Sea. Isaiah 51:9-10; Ezekiel 29:1-3; Psalms 74:12-15; Isaiah 27:1

God identifies Egypt as the dragon. Ezekiel 29:1-3


Raiment – Clothing to cover oneself physically or spiritually.

Adam and Eve make garments of fig leaves to cover their nakedness. Jesus makes clothing of animal skins to cover Adam and Eve. Genesis 3:7, 21

Abraham’s servant gives raiment to Rebecca along with Jewels. A mini-sanctuary covering. Genesis 24:53

          Jacob deceives Isaac by wearing Esau’s raiment. Genesis 27:6-29

Jacob covenants with Jesus that if Jesus will give food and raiment he will accept Jesus as His God. Genesis 28:20-21

Pharaoh calls for Joseph from prison and Joseph must change his raiment, shave, and clean up before coming to Pharaoh. Genesis 41:14

When Joseph sends his brothers back to Israel he gives each a change of raiment and Benjamin he gives 5 changes of raiment. Genesis 45:22

When Israel leaves Egypt they are to ask for gold, silver, jewels, and raiment. Exodus 3:19-22

If a woman betrothed is not satisfactory then the husband must supply food, raiment and sexual privileges, and if not she is to go free. Exodus 21:7-11

If you accept a neighbor’s raiment as pledge you must return it before sundown so that he will have something to sleep in. Exodus 22:26-27; Deuteronomy 24:10-13

Any contact with disease or death requires cleansing of garments. Leviticus 11:32; Numbers 31:19-20

While escorting Israel through the wilderness their raiment did not wear out. Deuteronomy 8:1-4

God is a great God who executes judgment and cares for His people by giving them food and clothing. Deuteronomy 10:17-18

A captive woman must remove the raiment of her captivity and replace it with raiment of being a wife. Deuteronomy 21:10-14

If you find anything of your brothers you must return it to him including raiment. Deuteronomy 22:1-3

You are not to take a widow’s raiment as a pledge. Deuteronomy 24:17

Ruth was to wash herself, put on raiment and go to Boaz at the threshing floor. Ruth 3:1-5

Saul disguised himself by putting on raiment different from that of a king to deceive the witch of Endor. I Samuel 28:8

Naaman wants to bribe Elisha with gold, silver, and changes of raiment to perform a healing for him. II Kings 5:5

Esther sends a change of raiment to get Mordecai out of his depression. Esther 4:4

God describes His red raiment, dyed red in His enemies blood. Isaiah 63:1-3

Israel covered with all kinds of jewels and raiment to the glory of God. Ezekiel 16:8-13     

God takes away Joshua the high priest’s filthy garments and supplies and dresses him with a change of raiment. Zechariah 3:1-4

John the Baptist clothed in raiment of Camel’s hair just like Elijah. Matthew 3:4; II Kings 1:8; Matthew 11:7-14

Life is more than raiment – God will supply if you seek Him first. Matthew 6:25-34

Jesus contrasts the soft raiment of the Rabbis with the raiment of a prophet. Matthew 11:7-14

Raiment of Jesus, at His transfiguration, was white as the light. In Mark 9:3 His raiment was white as snow. In Luke 9:29 it was white and glistering.

The Romans stripped Jesus of His raiment, mocked Him with royal raiment, and then put His raiment on again. Matthew 27:27-31

The Romans cast lots for Jesus raiment. Luke 23:34

The raiment of angels was white as snow. Matthew 28:3

The man attacked by robbers was stripped of his raiment. He was half naked, poor, and wounded. Luke 10:30

James says that if raiment dictates your response you have sinned. James 2:2-9

If you have food and raiment be content. I Timothy 6:8

He that overcomes will be clothed in white raiment. Revelation 3:5

God counsels Laodecia to buy white raiment of Him so that their nakedness does not appear. Revelation 3:18

24 redeemed elders were clothed in white raiment. Revelation 4:4, 10; 5:8-10   See Apparel, Garments, Clothing.


Raiment, white- "The white raiment is purity of character, the righteousness of Christ imparted to the sinner. This is indeed a garment of heavenly texture that can be bought only of Christ for a life of willing obedience." 4T 88


Rain - Doctrine and spiritual truth. Deuteronomy 32:1-2


Rain - "Give ear, O ye heavens, and I will speak; and speak O earth, the words of my mouth. My doctrine shall drop as the rain; my speech shall distil as the dew, as the small rain upon the tender herb, and as the showers upon the grass." Deuteronomy 32:1, 2


Rain - sweeping - "A poor man that oppresseth the poor is like a sweeping rain which leaveth no food." Proverbs 28:3


Rain – early - “As the dew and the rain are given first to cause the seed to germinate, and then to ripen the harvest, so the Holy Spirit is given to carry forward, from one stage to another, the process of spiritual growth.” TM 506


Rain – early – preparation for – “The heart must be emptied of every defilement and cleansed for the indwelling of the Spirit. It was by the confession and forsaking of sin, by earnest prayer and consecration of themselves to God, that the early disciples prepared for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the Day of Pentecost. The same work, only in greater degree, must be done now.” TM 507


Rainbow - "….and round about the throne was a rainbow, the emblem of divine mercy." PK 536


Rainbow- "Also the rainbow above the throne and upon His (Christ’s) head, emblematic of the glory and mercy from God resting there for the benefit of repentant man." 1SP 78


Rainbow- "The rainbow spanning the heavens with its arch of lights is a token of "the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature."  And the rainbow encircling the throne of high is also a token to God's children of His covenant of peace. As the bow in the cloud results from the union of sunshine and shower, so the bow above God’s throne represents the union of His mercy and His justice. To the sinful but repentant soul God says, live thou; “I have found a ransom.” Job 33:24." Ed 115


Ram – with two horns – “The ram which thou sawest having two horns are the kings of Media and Persia.” Daniel 8:3-4, 20


Rationalism - "Rationalism idolizes reason and makes this the criterion for religion." GC 193


Razor – A deceitful entity, system, or person.

Thy tongue devises mischief – like a sharp razor, working deceitfully. Psalms 52:2

          Assyria is the razor that cuts off the glory of Israel. Isaiah 7:17-25

Ezekiel cuts off his hair and beard as a role-model of the judgments to come upon Israel for their rebellion. Ezekiel 5:1-4

          Samson exposes himself to the razor of Delilah. Judges 16


Reapers – Matthew 13:24-30 – “…the reapers are the angels.” Matthew 13:39


Reasoning power- "Reasoning power is the image of God in man." Temp 37


Rebellion- "Rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft." 1 Sam 15:23


Reconciliation- "Reconciliation means that every barrier between the soul and God is removed, and that the sinner realizes what the pardoning love of God means." 1 SM 396


Recreation- "When true to its name, re-creation, tends to strengthen and build up. Calling us aside from our ordinary cares and occupations, it affords refreshment for mind and body, and thus enables us to return with new vigor to the earnest work of life…No recreation helpful only to themselves will prove so great a blessing to the children and youth as that which makes them helpful to others….If they can take Jesus with them, and maintain a prayerful spirit, they are perfectly safe." MLT 212-213


Recreation - "In this age, life has become artificial, and men have degenerated. While we may not return fully to the simple habits of those early times, we may learn from them lessons that will make our seasons of recreation what the name implies - seasons of true upbuilding for body and mind and soul." ED 211


Red – “This heifer was to be red, which was a symbol of blood.” 4T 120