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5 Women in the Lineage of Christ

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.

Francine Rivers

FAB: Feelings, Attitudes, Behavior

I don’t know where your opinion may be when you hear the word “emotions” but what I do realize is that we each can a variety of different views based on our upbringing, experiences, and circumstances alone. So, I visited brainy quotes and pulled up a few of some popular ones on emotions. As you read them ask yourself, which resonate as truth for me?

“I grew up in a culturally radical home, where strong emotions were forbidden.”

Lars von Trier

“I have a women’s body and a child’s emotions.”

Elizabeth Taylor

“Whether we like it or not, men and women are not the same in nature, temperament, emotions and emotional responses.”

Paul Getty

Well, I don’t know where your view may be in any of these quotes but what I do hope to offer you is a rational understanding of our three primary emotions. Love, Anger and Fear answering the questions; What do each of these emotions have in common? and Which truly are opposite?

To help us understand these emotions let’s think about “color.” The color you might find in a digital printer. The cartridge contains three primary colors red, yellow and blue and when you add black to these colors you get a full assortment of colors. The same is true with these emotions while they remain primary they are also under a vast range of emotions or what one would call feelings.

What do love, anger and fear have in common?

They each have movement. Love is the greatest force on earth! It is movement towards someone or something. We want to be with it, there is a desire that is present that seems to draws us to it. This is such a great time of year to plan BBQ with our friends or neighbors. Join in on sporting events. Or attend a family reunion. We will go to great distances and lengths to be with those we love. Once I feel the first hint of warmth in the air, I announce to my husband, John, we need to go golfing! 

Anger

Many think anger is the opposite of love, it is not. Anger has movement in the same direction as love but with force. Let me clarify I am not talking about a hatred or violence here. When we read in scripture, “be angry and sin not” it is stating that anger in and of itself is not a sin. On the other hand, the bible has a lot to say about violence and how wrong and sinful that is. I am referring to a type of anger in which there is a passion present because you do care for someone and something. For instance, you might see this displayed toward the person choosing not to attend the family reunion. 🙂 

A healthy anger always moves toward forgiveness.

We also need our anger to enforce our boundaries, morals and injustices.  You may feel this when you see a hungry child or view a wounded or stay animal. Maybe you’ve had the misfortune of having a personal belonging either stolen or threatened to be taken from you. Our anger becomes unhealthy, when we seek to use it for revenge.

Fear is the opposite of love.

Because none of us can love perfectly we fear. Even if you have any mixture of fear or even perceived fear we will move away. Fear generally has a focus, its concrete. I can tell you what I’m afraid of? Fear of public speaking, fear of snakes. The list can be endless.

The good news is the more we love the less we fear. I read this statement on a friends post, To love deeply, brings strength…to be loved deeply, courage. It’s simply stated yet incredibly profound. Personally, I feel the gravity of my courage being testing each time I read this quote knowing it will require me to risk courage to make a lasting and loving connection.

 Scripture Reference

Now may the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God and into the patience of Christ. 2 Thess. 3:5

Be angry, and do not sin: do not let the sun go down on your wrath, Eph 4:26

Be angry, and do not sin. Meditate within your heart on your bed, and be still. Ps.4:4   

For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7

*Notes adapted from the Courageous Living series from AACC 

God’s EXTRAVAGANT, Outrageous Love for YOU

http://youtu.be/fayxh8Uqes0