Grace in Jesus’ Geneology.

I am starting a new study of Matthew in my devotional time, and I plan on sharing some thoughts from each section on my blog. I hope some of these insights will encourage those of you reading them.
In Matthew 1:1-17, Matthew presents the geneology of Jesus from Abraham to Joseph, the husband of Mary. The geneology contains some of the great heroes of the Old Testament, including Abraham and David. Yet the most the striking element of the geneology is the inclusion of four women with shady pasts. Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, and Bathsheba all had checkered pasts and still managed to find their way into the family tree of Jesus.
Tamar dressed up as a prostitute and slept with her father-in-law. Rahab was a prostitute before she met the Israelite spies. Ruth was a pagan Moabite before following Noami and marrying Boaz. Bathsheba committed adultery with David. Each of these women were sinners, but they found themselves in the family tree of Jesus Christ, the Son of God and Savior of the world.
The inclusion of these women in Jesus’ family tree reminds us of the grace of God. Each of them were sinners, yet God used these women to give us His Son, Jesus Christ. God’s grace is big enough to forgive the prostitutes, the pagans, and the adulterers…and it is big enough for you!


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