Matthew Chapter 1
In Matthew chapter 1 we find a genealogy which can be noted for the unusual presence of four women: Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, and Bathsheba. Women were rarely mentioned in ancient genealogies, and the four mentioned here are special examples of God’s grace.
Tamar sold herself as a prostitute to her father-in-law Judah to bring forth Perez & Zerah. Rahab was a Gentile prostitute whom God saved from judgement and her lifestyle. Ruth was also a Gentile until her conversion to the covenant people of Israel. Bathsheba was the wife of Uriah, who was not an Israelite, and the woman whom had an affair with king David.
Matthew is communicating to the Jewish people several things with this genealogy. Jesus is the fulfillment of what God has been progressively revealing: He saves people from their sins. Further, it’s made clear through this genealogy, that God doesn’t want to only save the Jewish people from their sins, God wants to save all people. And in case any of us think we’re beyond being used of God, Matthew reminds us through this genealogy that He’ll use people of no reputation and poor reputation.
In case we’re not getting the message from the genealogy, Matthew transitions from the genealogy to Jesus parents. God’s going to bring Jesus into the world through two poor people from an overlooked town, in Joseph and Mary.
Be encouraged today whatever your sins and whatever your flaws. This genealogy shows us, you too can be a part of bringing Christ into the world. Put your faith in Christ’s provision & Christ’s power. He’ll use you despite your failures and your weaknesses. God gets the glory through our weakness. And Matthew reminds us He is ‘Immanuel’ – God with us.
Grace and Peace in the name of our Lord, Jesus Christ.