Matthew 1:1, 3, 5-6 This is a record of the ancestors of Jesus the Messiah, a descendant of David and of Abraham: Judah was the father of Perez and Zerah (whose mother was Tamar). Perez was the father of Hezron. Hezron was the father of Ram. Salmon was the father of Boaz (whose mother was Rahab). Boaz was the father of Obed (whose mother was Ruth). Obed was the father of Jesse. Jesse was the father of King David. David was the father of Solomon (whose mother was Bathsheba, the widow of Uriah).
I gave you part of the lineage of Jesus today. I kind of jumped around a bit because I wanted you to see who the grandmothers and great-grandmothers of Jesus were.
Why am I pointing this out? Two reasons:
First, in ancient culture, only the men are listed in a genealogy. God values women equally with men. Just had to throw that out there.
Second, the four women listed here are some interesting characters. They are kind of the bad girls of the Bible.
Tamar slept with her father-in-law.
Rahab was a prostitute.
Ruth was an outsider who worshipped idols.
Bathsheba was an adulteress who slept with King David!
The Bible includes these four women for a profound reason. I think God is saying, “I choose to use jacked-up people to accomplish My purposes. These women were not perfect little nice girls. In fact, they were pretty rough-around-the-edges. But I chose them to be the grandmothers of the Savior of mankind!”
Wow! That’s awesome! Don’t think you are too jacked-up to be in the family of God. Don’t think you are too far gone to be used by God. Don’t ever think your mistakes keep God from wanting to draw close to you. He loves you in spite of your weaknesses. He wants you in His family, no matter your mistakes. He desires to use you for something good in the world, despite your past.
Today, write down a prayer of gratitude that Jesus loves you in spite of your weaknesses. Tell Him thank you that He wants you in His family!
-An excerpt from See Christ This Christmas by Pastor Eric Dykstra of The Crossing Church