So I’m looking at Matthew today, and I wanted to talk a little bit on Matthew 1.
Quite a basic chapter right?
A geneaology of Christ’s history.
A ‘Whos Who’ of Old Testament heavyweights.
As I read it, I became so immersed in the names of who begat who, that I nearly missed it. Squeezed in between the names of the Judahs, Rehoboams, Zerubbabels etc are the names of four women: Tamar, Rahab, Ruth and Bathsheba.
A few good women.
For those familiar with literary devices, you will be aware of the endless list of female archetypes, from the Amazon, Spinster, Girl Next Door, Cheerleader, Femme Fatale, Damsel in Distress….I could go on…
But what is interesting is that these four women do not fit into the stereotypes.
Tamar the mother of Perez and Zerah.
Rahab the mother of Boaz.
Ruth the mother of Obed
Bathsheba, mother of Solomon and wife of Uriah the Hittite.
So so much to be said about these women, but I will keep it short.
You really have to think about where these women were before they met God – or before God met them. These women were, by all definitions hopeless.
They were broken, abused, thrown away women. Women who had no value.
Women who lived their lives in shame, fear, ridicule and anxiety.
Women who had worth ascribed to them by the men they associated with.
I could probably write four different blog posts on these women, on the pain they must have endured just in their daily lives (and perhaps I will later in the month) but one can only imagine. I would also have to write about Boaz, a type of Christ in the OT, typifiying Christ the Kingsman Redeemer. Is it any wonder that the man who married Ruth was also the son of Rahab?
That really is the beauty of the bible. Quirky little coincidences (or God incidences) that just illustrates God’s greater plan for creation.
And why are these women important? Because of verse 21:
21 And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins.
Because Jesus came, as the angel said, to save His people from their sins.
It’s not something new to Him. He has been in the habit of saving sinners since the world began. It started with these four women, and it ends with you.