Matthew adds hope inspiring detail to the family tree of Jesus. David’s great-great granddad married Rahab the harlot from Jericho. She was not an Israelite, but she was a wise and brave woman. Rahab and her household were saved by helping the Israelite spies. She is one of only two woman listed in Jesus genealogy. Do you know who she birthed? She is the mother of Boaz, the husband of Ruth. Boaz was a kind man. Ruth’s mother in law, Naomi, asked from whose field Ruth (a Moabite) had gleaned to find such favor. Do you think he learned kindness from the hands of a woman who was not of Israelite ancestry and of a harlot’s background? I wonder if he endured any bullying as a youth. The ideas that swirl through my mind as I think of these lives and how they speak to the kindness and love and forgiveness and acceptance of Christ. All these interesting thoughts from reading his genealogy.
Maybe you are not from an influential family. Perhaps you were raised by a single parent. By chance you may have been ridiculed from a young age for something you could not control. Yep, you are a perfect candidate to proclaim the kindness, love, forgiveness and acceptance of Christ. The only two women mentioned were not of Israelite decent. It shows me again that Gentiles (outsiders) are grafted into the chosen family’s tree. God was confirming to us before He spoke to Peter about the clean/unclean that salvation was coming for men of all nations. It truly is good news of great joy!
Burning within me,