Reverend Sun Myung Moon has spoken often of Leah. According to his teaching, Leah was in a position analogous to Cain, the elder brother of Abel. Like Cain after his offering and Lucifer after the creation of Adam and Eve, Leah felt rejected and unloved. She did well to endure this feeling of rejection for many years. However, eventually, after raising and uniting her own sons, it was Leah's mission to bring them and herself under Rachel, who was in the position of Abel. Because Leah and Rachel never accomplished that unity, it was left to later generations. For example, Reverend Moon speaks of the disunity between Leah and Rachel resulting in the later disunity between the northern Kingdom of Israel and the southern Kingdom of Judah.
- Rachel was deprived of the position of elder mother and Jacob's legal wife. Therefore, God's providential history could not move into the original realm. Jacob had ten sons from Leah and the servants and two sons from Rachel. However, because Leah and Rachel did not unite with each other, Jacob's descendants were divided into the nations of Israel and Judah... If the ten brothers were united with Leah, they could be restored. Thus the order of love was supposed to be established centered on Leah and then connected with Rachel as the center. This was the responsibility of Jacob, Rebekah and Leah's mother. However, since Leah and Rachel fought with each other, the nations of Israel and Judea became enemies.
The role of Leah's mother is an intriguing one, for she is never mentioned in the Bible. According to Reverend Moon, Leah's mother—that is, Laban's wife—should have helped Leah to take the right attitude toward Rachel, just as Eve should have helped Cain take the right attitude toward Abel. The Bible also leaves open many questions as to where Leah went wrong in her relationship with Rachel, as well as what Rachel might have done do help Leah overcome her feeling of not being loved and respected.
Reverend Moon also compares the relationship of Mary and Elizabeth in the New Testament to that of Rachel and Leah. Elizabeth, in the position of elder sister, intitially succeeded by honoring Mary even though Mary was much younger that she. Elizabeth was also instrumental in bringing Mary to her husband Zechariah, in the position of Jacob, and allowing Mary to stay in their house after the conception of Jesus.
- Mother Mary had to restore the position of Rachel and Leah. Zechariah's family was the extension of Jacob's family... (Mary's and) Elizabeth's attitude was the reverse of that of Rachel and Leah. Mary received the revelation that she would conceive the Messiah. Elizabeth also knew about Mary's situation and helped her accomplish God's will. ("The Meaning of the Day of the Victory of Love," January 2, 1997, São Paulo, Brazil)
However, according to Reverend Moon, Mary and Elizabeth did not complete the providential task. This is one reason why, in his teaching, Jesus was not able to complete the mission of the messiah in his lifetime and was thus forced to go the way of the cross.
Women today often find themselves in the position of either Leah or Rachel in relationship to each other, as well as in relationship to men. In some cases a woman may start out in the position of Leah to a man, and then ultimately restore herself to the position of Rachel. Such was evidentially the case with Mrs. Moon during her marriage with Reverend Moon, who explained:
- Just as Jacob was married to Leah in the period in the wilderness, so I found Mother and established her as the universal mother in the first seven of the 21 years... Jacob had twelve children, and now Mother is having twelve children. It is an incredible task. Jacob's children were born of four mothers, but it is God's will that humanity be organized through one mother. So Mother is obedient to God's will and is fulfilling that task now. ("Total Self Reevalution," September 14, 1980, Tarrytown, New York)