By Sandy Kirby Quandt
In a time in history when women had very little value in society and were considered property of their fathers and husbands, the book of Matthew included the names of five woman important enough to be recorded in Jesus’ genealogy.
Tamar. A Gentile, whose desire to be part of God’s people, and share in the promise given to Judah, pushed her to resort to trickery to have her father-in-law honor his promise to her. (Genesis 38)
Rahab. A Gentile prostitute living in Jericho, who believed in the God who led his people out of Egypt, and was saved when she helped two Israelite spies escape. (Joshua 2)
Ruth. Another Gentile. A woman from Moab, who chose to identify herself with God’s people when she accompanied her mother-in-law, Naomi, to Bethlehem after both were widowed. (Ruth)
Bathsheba. Dead Uriah’s wife. (2 Samuel 11)
Mary. The virgin chosen to carry within her womb, the Son of God. Of whom was born Jesus. (Luke 1)
Five women. Five different backgrounds. Five different stories. Different personal lives. Different status. Different nationality. It didn’t matter to God. He used each of them, regardless. God’s grace crossed man-made boundaries. It crossed sins. It crossed loss.
What did each woman have? Faith. Faith in a God bigger than themselves. Faith in a God who could take their brokenness, and bring something wonderful out of it. Faith in a God who deals in redemption and grace. Faith in a God who is faithful, even when we are not. Faith in a God who keeps his promises, even when we do not.
God’s still in the business of restoration, redemption, and grace. He still uses broken and battered people to achieve his goals. He still loves unconditionally, even when we may not be so lovable, at times.
Feeling broken, cracked, rejected, defeated?
Just as God used these five women, he can use us. We can all be redeemed, and put back together through his grace. All we have to do is have faith enough to say yes to God, and his son, Jesus Christ.
Judah was the father of Perez and Zerah (whose mother was Tamar). Salmon was the father of Boaz (whose mother was Rahab). Boaz was the father of Obed (whose mother was Ruth). Obed was the father of Jesse. Jesse was the father of King David. David was the father of Solomon (whose mother was Bathsheba, the widow of Uriah). Jacob was the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary. Mary gave birth to Jesus, who is called the Messiah. Matthew 1:3, 5-6, 16
I wish you well.
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