Serach the woman who never died and the Grand-daughter of Father Jacob

Serach, the Granddaughter of Patriarch Jacob. 

You may not have heard of this significant woman before, I certainly do not recall ever hearing her name being mentioned at church or from manual lessons taught about her in seminary or sunday school. But, she is real and we can find her mentioned briefly in the the Restoration Edition Scriptures, LDS scriptures, Jewish texts and the Pseudepigrapha. I learned that Serach is also known by different titles in different books, but is the same person. Combining these sources together let me retell to you the amazing breadcrumbs I have found of this holy woman and her story...

In the House of Shem, Shem had a son named Eber, who had a son who he called Abimael and Abimael's wife gave birth to a beautiful baby girl named Hadurah. Shem was Hadurah's Great-Grandfather. 

Hadurah grew up in the house of Shem and she became a woman "of comely appearance and intelligence" We know this description means so much more concerning wisdom, charity, virtue, priesthood and righteousness.

Malkiel was the son of Elam, who was also a son of Shem. Malkiel was born and raised within the House of Shem. Malkiel took Hadurah to wife and she gave birth to a daughter who they name Serach.

Tragically, not long after the birth of Serach, Malkiel died, leaving behind his widow Hadurah and new baby Serach. Hadurah returned to the house of her father Abimael.

(The women always left their birth family and live with their husbands family/tribe)

Pin that.

Now we turn to the land of Cana'an and to the House of Jacob.

Asher is one of the sons of Jacob. The same Jacob who is the son of Issac, who is the son of Abraham.

Asher marries a woman by the name of Adon and after a few years, Adon passes away having no children with Asher.

After some seasons of mourning, Asher feels to remarry and so he makes a journey to the House of Shem. Part of this journey has him "cross the river" (symbols) in order to arrive in Shems house. Asher is welcomed and introduced to the young widow Hadurah and her daughter (now 3) Asher and Hadurah marry and the child Serach is now considered by law and covenant, of the flesh of Asher. Together they journey back to Cana'an to the House of Jacob.

As soon as Father Jacob laid his eyes on the little Serach she became the apple of her grand father's eye. She captivated him, made him laugh, spent time with him and learned his ways and the way of righteousness from at his feet. Serach grew very close to her grandfather and would tend to his needs and sing, dance and play on her harp and instruments for him. 

Serach was the one to comfort Jacob and to care for him in his deepest grief and loss when his beloved son Joseph was believed to be dead. It was she, alone that brought the despairing Jacob some comfort, though from the day of Josephs 'death', no instrument or song were allowed to be sung. Jacob in such deep depression, forgot his gift to prophecy and could barely function in that capacity for 22 years.

Accounts describe Serach as:    

Beautiful in appearance walking in the holy ways of the children of Jacob.

Serach lacked nothing, meaning the Lord filled her with every good thing and Wisdom, Understanding, Piety, and Virtue. Her goodness, musical skill, intellect are also made honourable mention.

When Jacobs sons return from their several journeys to Egypt to buy grain for their families and have learned that Joseph is alive and joyfully, he is the governor over all Egypt, they hardly know how to break the news to their father Jacob. They worry for their fathers delicate constitution and that such news will cause a shock after such a great time of deep seated grief and confusion, that Jacob may well die. Also, they are afflicted with grief and inner turmoil for their former actions towards their younger brother, combined with guilt towards contributing to their fathers days of sorrow. 

Time can can heal wounds through seasons of reflection and growth, and the sons are sorry for what they have done and yet also have so much joy and gratitude towards the Lord for how He has blessed the House of Jacob.

The sons counsel together and it is decided that Serach, being the closest to father Jacob, his care provider, his delight... Serach will reveal the news to Jacob that Joseph, lives! The sons trust in Serach's love, ability and her wisdom to delicately tell their father the good news.

Serach prays and waits for the opportune time when Jacob is in his tent performing his ritual prayers. She takes her stool and harp and sits just outside his tent door and begins to ever so softly play sweet notes on her instrument and to sing softly these words...

"Your son Joseph is alive and living in Mizraim (Egypt) and has two sons, Manasseh and Ephraim"

Serach sings this several times through. The words float into the tent of Jacob and come as an answer to his prayers. Jacob hears the sweet music (which has not been heard since the day Joseph did not return home with his brothers) and he strains his ears to hear the song... all at once the Power of Prophecy returns to him and he declares Serach's joyful song to be of a Truth.

With this Power of Prophecy returned to him, father Jacob immediately embraces Serach and gives to her, His Patriarchal blessing of longevity and prophecy. Some of the words remain which includes "May You live forever and never die"

Serach is the only woman recorded in the scripture accounting of the 70 members of Jacobs family who emigrated from Cana'an to Egypt, all the other names are male though there surly were other females, such as mothers, daughters, sisters, wives. Serach is mentioned in genealogy by name, as the grand-daughter of Jacob. It is only those who are of great significance, who's names are mentioned in scripture, hence all the men, but here we have one significant Woman.

Serach and the blessing of longevity are evident in the records of the Egypt sojourn. Jacob, Joseph, and all his sons live to ripe old ages and are buried, but Serach lives on. She is known as the wise woman, the record holder, the one who came with Patriarch Jacob and to whom the elders of the Israel would consult for Wisdom and Guidance. 

Following several hundred or so years of living in Egypt, Serach is a living witness of her people coming into slavery and a witness of the many murders of her people, the suffering...the crying out to the God of Jacob for deliverance, then Moses comes back onto the scene. 

Moses with the Staff of Joseph that he received from Midian, as a sign to the people, declaring a message of deliverance from the Living God to the The Elders of Israel (and those of the family of Levi who didn't fall into bondage due to the cunning plans of the Egyptians) these Elders then seek out the council and wisdom of Serach to confirm Moses was truly their Redeemer.

Side Note:

'Moses', so named by Bathia, Pharaohs Daughter because she drew him out of the water. 

He was also named by his father Amram, 'Chabar' because it was for him, that he associated with his wife who he had turned her away due to the the risk of pregnancy and their child being murdered by the mandate of the Egyptians but for the sake of the prophecy spoken by Miriam concerning a blessed child to be born.

He was known by his mother Jochebed as 'Jekuthiel' because she said "I have hoped for him to the Almighty, and God has restored him to me"

Miriam, his sister called him, 'Jered' for she descended after him to the river to watch over him and learn what would become of him.

Aaron, his brother called his name, 'Abi Zanuch' meaning for safety, their father had left their mother but returned to her, and she conceived on his account.

Kehath, The father of Amram called his grandson, 'Abigdor' because to the House of Jacob, God had repaired the breech, and no longer would their children be drowned in the waters.

The Hebrew nurse called him. 'Abi Socho' "In his tabernacle was he hidden for three months. on account of the children of Ham."

And the people of Israel called him, 'Shemiah, son of Nethanel' for they said "In his days has God heard their cries and rescued them from their oppressors."

Returning to topic:

When the Elders had counselled with Serach about the message Moses was declaring, her mind couldn't believe it until the Elders repeated some of the words which he had declared such as "God has surely remembered" It was these secret and holy phrases which sunk deep into Serach's heart and she remembered sitting with Father Jacob as he taught her things that had been passed from Abraham to Issac and Issac to Jacob. Moses was their redeemer and appointed and sent of the Living God to bring deliverance to the captives. 

I love this account of the Elders of Israel coming hear the word of Serach and honouring her testimony, wisdom, knowledge and righteous council. She was so respected, trusted and valued by the Priests because of her righteousness. It was well known that Serach was one who had been take up, and returned to the 'Garden' while still in the flesh.

Remember, Serach has lived approx 430 years in Egypt, she was alive when Joseph lived, and knows when he died, and Serach knows where his bones are burried.

When Joseph was alive, he had asked his brothers to covenant with him that when their people return to Cana'an, they would take his bones and place him in the Cave with his Fathers. This tradition was well known and passed down until the time Moses, and Moses knew his people could never leave unless they retrieve Josephs bones. (thinking deep on this one and its application today) The problem is no one knows where Joseph was buried as it has been quite a few hundred years and as such, factual history becomes unclear with time. The only one who is a living witness, the only one who was alive and saw with her own eyes the resting place of Joseph of Egypt is a woman, a woman named Serach.

Moses, not withstanding his priesthood and calling, seeks the help of Serach to locate the remains of Joseph. Serach remembers exactly where he was laid to rest, she remembers the great mourning at his death and the celebration because Joseph was so greatly loved in Egypt.

Joseph's presence physically blessed the land, after the famine...crops were bounteous, the river ran full, the rains fell, the cattle reproduced abundantly and the fields gave bounteous harvests. Pharaoh and Egypt knew it was because of the God of Joseph and His love for him that Egypt prospered. Pharaoh also knew the covenant promise between Joseph and his brothers concerning the bones. In order to keep the blessing on the land and Joseph in Egypt (so the Israelites would never leave) Pharaoh placed Josephs Sarcophagus in a place where it could never be retrieved.

Serach led Moses to a certain section along the great river, here she retold how Pharaoh had ordered an immense, deep and vast cavern to be dug, so deep so as to not be humanly accessed again, and then he painstakingly placed Josephs great coffin in the chamber and flooded it with the river.

Moses standing in that place on the river bank cried out...

"Joseph, Joseph, the time has come for us to leave Egypt and go to our homeland. We want to fulfill our promised oath to you and take you with us, come up - and do not delay our departure"

Josephs coffin rises to the the surface of the river and Moses is able to retrieve his remains. Josephs bones were carried through all their wanderings in the wilderness side by side with the 10 commandments and the saying was heard "The One laying in here fulfilled That which is in there"

Hundreds of years later and in the book of 2nd Samuel, we find a woman with the title: 'The Wise Woman of Abel' This woman from Abel-Beth-Maacah is identified in midrashim as Serach, the daughter of Asher. This Woman is known for her righteousness and great Wisdom. 

From her high tower (symbolic) Serach successfully negotiates with Joab, loyal to King David, Joab is is besieging the town on account of the rebel Sheba son of Bichi, who is fighting to usurp David and hiding out there. Serach has such respect in this town that the people listen to her, they wisely capture Sheba and behead him, and Serach, from her high tower window, throws the severed head down to Joab, thus averting a war and bloodshed of the people.

The wise Woman of Abel-Beth-Maacah is greatly admired by many including King Soloman who honoured Her when he said "Wisdom is more valuable than weapons of war" As Serach and Her divine Wisdom was found superior to all of Joabs army and weapons, she is likened to Abraham negotiating with God in behalf of the people of Sodom.

Now we move to the time of Christ. Rabbi Yochanan Ben Zakai is is discussing with another priest, the parting of the Red Sea for Moses and his people. They banter back and forth their ideas of what they think that would have been like and looked like; was the water like lattice or a brick wall?

Serach Bat Asher peers in through the window and says that she was there and the walls of water "they were like lighted brick windows that they could see light and creatures through"

No doubt Serach was one of the Holy Women that ministered to Christ, In what capacity...I do not know but there is evidence she was there from these accounts.

There are two legends regarding her, either Serach still lives today and will minister in Wisdom and Ttruth to those She is sent to or, she was taken up (assumption) but scholars mostly agree the evidence points to that She never died. Serach is a mystery or Mythology.

In Pir Bakran, Iran, there is a synagogue and cemetery dedicated to the mystical Serach Bat Asher. She is also known in Muslim traditions as The Lady Sarah. This cemetery is shaped like the Hebrew letter (Het) which in Jewish tradition, symbolizes Life and the Life to come. The open side of the cemetery faces a stream flowing with pure cool waters.

Further rabbit holes for you to explore is Her cave and sanctuary, which is in the holiest of mountains and sites in Iran. Some legends retell how Serach will appear as a beautiful doe and transform into her woman figure in order to teach and protect the Lords people. Serach is called “The Guardian of Israel and Israel’s communal memory”

Many Jews and Muslims in Iran will make a pilgrimage to her cave and shine called 'Chellh Khun' leading up to the High Holy days, many of these seekers will stay 40 days and 40 nights prostrating themselves in prayer and asking Serach for wisdom in national and personal crisis.

Does She minister today? For what purpose would She come and share Her testimony and Wisdom with you? Where and how can you find Her?