Text: Matthew 1:1-17
There were five women mentioned in the lineage of Jesus.
These women dared to be different. They were not perfect either but God had plans for them. Let’s consider their story one by one.
Tamar – Tamar was the daughter-in-law of Judah. Her husbands had died and according to tradition she should marry the next male available in house of Judah.
Judah promised to give Shelah his last son to her when he comes of age but he did nothing.¹ Tamar decided to trick him and she had twins through her father-in-law.²
Abomination! Right? Well, we would never know. She had twins and these twins were the pillars that formed the tribe of Judah. What if Tamar did nothing? Your guess is as good as mine.
2. Rahab : Who does not remember Rahab the harlot? I’m sure we all do. The scene opened as we read of a harlot in Jericho whose house was upon the great Wall of her City. She hid the spies Joshua sent and made a pact with them.³
This woman was wise and caring. There’s a possibility that her family must have shamed her for being a woman of easy virtue but she was forgiving and in the chaos she remembered them and asked for her life and their lives. Blessed and safe was every family member who stayed in the house with her when Joshua came upon Jericho. That was all we heard of her, little did we know that her forgiving character, wisdom and love will earn her a husband among the Israel. Salmon took note of her and married her and she gave birth to Boaz.
3. Ruth the Moabite: Shall we dig out the rotten artifact of Moab? Yes!
Moab is the son of Lot, a product of incest.The daughters of Lot slept with their father and got pregnant! They carried the foetus to full term and delivered their babies. Moab was one of the boys.⁴ Moab was a nation known for idol worship and God had warned the Israelites not to marry these people or have anything to do with them. Fast forward many years later, Ruth in her own land falls in love and married a Jewish man whom later died leaving her a widow. She loved not just her husband but her mother-in-law, Naomi. She loved Naomi so much that she chose to return to Israel with her. Somehow, her love for Naomi is broadcasted in Israel and she’s respected. She positions herself in the right place, following the advice of her mother-in-law and she get another husband, Boaz.5Boaz couldn’t be so prejudice since he must have heard his mother’s story. That leads us to the next woman.
Boaz couldn’t be so prejudice since he must have heard his mother’s story. That leads us to the next woman.
4. Bathsheba: The way Bathsheba got into the palace was not pretty. She was someone’s wife. The wife of a soldier,Uriah! A man so committed and dedicated to his duties, yet he was murdered because the king found his wife beautiful. The king already pregnanted his wife and there was only one way to hide the shame – kill Uriah. What a bloody way to become queen. This is where it gets interesting, Bathsheba did not only become queen, her son became the next king. Solomon wasn’t the first child of David, no, she want even close yet his father chose him.
5. Mary the mother of Jesus: Mary had no colourful past, we were not told. In fact, she was a virgin. Well, being an unmarried virgin in those days was pretty common. The Jews placed a priority on being pure before wedlock. However, here is what makes Mary stand out, she agreed to get pregnant without knowing a man. What?! Didn’t she think of the consequences? Joseph will break his engagement to her and everyone will see her as soiled goods. Who will marry her? Mary didn’t care. We could classify her as the feminist of her time. She was visited by an angel, only she could say for sure what transpired and she was content to carry a child even if she would be shamed as a single parent. God in his intricate design didn’t let that happen,he honoured her faith by speaking to Joseph.
These women were different. A daughter-in-law who slept with her father-in-law,a prostitute,an idol worshipper,a woman who committed adultery with the king and a virgin who didn’t care throw away her reputation for what she believes in. What a colourful set of women in Jesus’ lineage!However, these are written so that we can be encouraged. It doesn’t matter how bad the past may have been the future is still pure and unwritten. You can have a new life if only you can let go (of your bitterness,anger, unforgiveness etc) and let God (reshape and fix you).
However, these are written so that we can be encouraged. It doesn’t matter how bad the past may have been the future is still pure and unwritten. You can have a new life if only you can let go (of your bitterness,anger, unforgiveness etc) and let God (reshape and fix you).
I have been blessed writing this, I hope you have been blessed too.
Until next time,
5 Ruth 3:2-6