This is now my third reading of Matthew 1. Ha! I started reading the book too soon but want to be reading when everyone else does. So I read it again today. I’m thinking about the four women in Christ’s genealogy. Remarkable!
The women are Tamar, Rahab, Ruth and Bathsheba. Two things thrill me today as I think about them.
1. God uses the unexpected person or circumstances to bring about His plan! God is working in human history for His glory and His purposes. That involves people. Sinners. Who would have thought any of these women belonged in the line of Christ? Well, OK, maybe Ruth. But the others? Read their stories. Quite interesting! Oh, the weaving of God. Beautiful. Unexpected.
2. God’s salvation would be not only to the Jews, but to Gentiles also. These women were all Gentiles! Gentiles in the line of the Messiah! It doesn’t seem right. And yet there it is. This is wonderful news if you are a Gentile! The book of Matthew ends on an interesting note…
Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations...
Salvation to all the nations. Good news! God really means it!
Have you received God’s salvation? It is not based on your goodness! God saves sinners who come to Him. You. The sinner. Come!
More than anything I would like to encourage you in your walk with God!