Ladies and Gentlemen, here goes part 2 of Lessons I learnt from the Genealogy of Jesus.
You will notice that four (4) women were mentioned in the genealogy. But reading through the Bible, you will notice that it is very unusual for women to be mentioned in genealogies. So one would wonder why these women were mentioned. What did they do that was extraordinary? Let’s delve into it.
They are, Tamar … Rahab … Ruth … and Bathsheba, who had been the wife of Uriah.
– Tamar: She sold herself as a prostitute to her father-in-law Judah to bring forth Perez and Zerah (Genesis 38).
– Rahab: She was a Gentile prostitute, for whom God took extraordinary measures to save from both judgment and her lifestyle of prostitution (Joshua 2; 6:22-23).
– Ruth: She was from Moab, a Gentile and until her conversion, out of the covenant of Israel (Ruth 1).
– Bathsheba; who had been the wife of Uriah (who is mentioned by implication in Matthew 1:6) committed adultery by sleeping with David the King (2 Samuel 11). In fact her son, Solomon was the one the Lord choose to rule Israel.
Women were rarely mentioned in ancient genealogies, and the four mentioned above are worthy of special note as examples of God’s grace.
They show how God can take unlikely people and use them in great ways.
What do the aforementioned cases communicate to you?
God’s mercy is bigger and greater than any sin you have committed. Your past is immaterial, what you do with your present is what God is after, to enable you to have a meaningful tomorrow. Give Him your past now.
It doesn’t matter what you’ve done with your life, as long as you are willing, God will use you. The Bible says in 1 Corinthians 1:27 (NKJV), But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty.
The Lord choose to come through these women to pass a strong message to us, no sin is greater than the blood and Mercy of Jesus.
His Mercy is for everlasting and he’s accepting of everyone.
You were made for so much more.
Thank you for reading.