The book of Matthew Chapter One supplies us the Genealogy of Jesus Christ.
While this ancestral list may not include everyone, there are five women who are mentioned: Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, Uriah’s wife – Bathsheba and Mary.
Many are most familiar with Mary. This is the Virgin Mary, the mother of Jesus. Its interesting, to me, that Mary is most known by and associated with being called, the Virgin Mary. We can read the prophecy of the virgin birth found in Isaiah 7 and it fulfillment in Matthew 1: 22, 23.
I am certain it is for reasons that extend far – beyond the first glimpse of scripture and the birth of Jesus. I like to call it; God’s spiritual reasoning of Redemption. What is Redemption? Salvation, Deliverance, Rescue, Liberation, Release and Recovery. I think these are all such great descriptive words especially for, women. Not that we ought to just know them but to experience them.
Redemption on so many different levels.
Did you know that Tamar, Rahab and Bathsheba were connected with sexual sins; Rahab and Ruth were not Jewish, and Ruth belonged to the Nation of Moab, which had its origin in incest. It’s quite shocking isn’t it? In fact, if this you’re first time ever hearing such a report and you’re trying to wrap your mind around the thought, could this be true ? Could it be possible? Is this factual? Or even scripturally correct?
Decided for yourselves: see Gen. 19:30-37; Duet. 23:3
Listen, I am not a scholar or do I pretend to be. I would say, I enjoying learning. I am a devoted woman who is deeply in love with my savior, Jesus Christ, the Son of the Living God. I would even refer to myself, as a Berean. We find Paul stating in the New Testament as he ministered at Berea in Acts 17:11…they received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so.
I will surrender to the unction of the Holy Spirit, in my life. Consequently my friends it is under His influence in how we meet.
You may or may not believe this next statement – I find it a discipline to write. OK, so I’m saying, it’s not enjoyable for me to write. I find it can be similar to a chore to some degree. I liken it to ironing. In my early days of marriage I really didn’t care for ironing in fact I avoided it, most days. My mother in law felt the same way except, about dusting. So, we had a deal with each other when we would visit each others home. I would dust when at her house and in return when she would come to visit my husband and me she would do the ironing. In some small way this made the chore a bit more bearable.
Although, I have learned that as I give in to the discipline it didn’t mean I was giving up.
The process of discipline held within it a wisdom and reward of its own.
This process is a lifelong training in our growing, learning and granting all such forms of discipline in order to yield the peaceable fruit of righteousness. I’m hoping it yields true in this case. 🙂 See Hebrews 12:11
Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, Uriah’s wife – Bathsheba and Mary these women were a part of God’s unique providence in preparing for and bringing the Messiah to His people.
Author, Francine Rives writes a novella on each one of these ladies. Listen to quote from the inside cover of her book, “Five women God chose. Each was faced with extraordinary – even scandalous – challenges. Each took great personal risk to fulfill her calling. Each was destined to play a key role in the lineage of Jesus Christ, the Savior of the World.”
While I found these books to be enlightening and helpful to strengthen my view of scriptures certainly the best place to start to learn and hear each of these women’s stories is in Scripture itself! ~ Debbie 4 Unfoldedhearts
Tamar a women of hope
Rahab is a woman of faith.
Ruth is a woman of love.
Bathsheba is a woman who received unlimited grace.
Mary is a woman of obedience.
- Mothers in the Bible. (greatriversofhope.wordpress.com)