Lent day 17: Who is Salmon?

Lent day 17: Who is Salmon?

Luke 3:32 “the son of Salmon”

Let’s borrow some detail from Matthew 1:5 “Salmon the father of Boaz, whose mother was Rahab …”

So we know that Salmon married Rahab and therefore was one of the 2 spies that Joshua sent to spy out Jericho.

His job was to determine if Jericho could be defeated.

Joshua 2: 1 “Then Joshua son of Nun secretly sent two spies from Shittim. “Go, look over the land,” he said, “especially Jericho.” So they went and entered the house of a prostitute named Rahab and stayed there.”

The whole story is full of intrigue and suspense.

Joshua has been the only spy alongside Caleb who had given a good report about a similar reconnaissance. The other spies gave a bad report and Moses lost the support to go forward. So with the detail we have what does this tell us of Salmon? Can we answer these following questions?

  • Joshua chose carefully. Are we like Salmon people who are trustworthy?
  • He was not afraid, he crossed the Jordan River. Will we cross into new spaces and go for change?
  • He entered a prostitute’s house and married a sinner who had a faithful heart. Will we choose to walk with people of faith?
  • He risked his life and Rahab risked hers. King Jericho searched for him and the enemy of our soul is seeking our lives too in this spiritual battle.
  • He told Rahab to let a scarlet cord hang from her window so that when Joshua’s army attacked they would see the red thread and make sure she was saved, much like the Exodus with the blood of the lamb on the houses. As we approach Easter during this Lentern season, Salmon reminds us of the scarlet cord of salvation, the blood of Christ which saves! Will we ask people this year to commit to the blood of Jesus over their lives?
  • He brings a great report to Joshua that they could take Jericho, that this was God’s will and that they would bring defeat. Are we a person who speaks faith and is the sound of our lives saying God can and is able to do all things?


The name ‘Salmon’ means garment. His father we will see was the leader of a tribe during the wilderness years and therefore Salmon came from a royal line of Judah who marries a sinner who became the ancestor of Jesus. He covered her with his garment and she found salvation.

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