- Matthew displayed humility by not identifying himself in his account of the life of Jesus.
- Previously a tax collector, Matthew’s accounting skills show themselves in his well-organized writing structure.
- I like the new format.
- “Dwelling in the very words of God can be green pastures and quiet waters for those who seek to hear and follow their Shepherd’s voice.”
a. Tamar: “Only Rahab the prostitute and all who are with her in her house shall be spared, because she hid the spies we sent.” Joshua 6:17 NIV Rahab lived in Jericho, a city in Canaan captured by the Israelites.
Ruth: Ruth was a Moabite — not a descendant of Abraham. She returned to Israel with her mother-in-law. Because of her love and commitment to Naomi, God enabled her to conceive and her son was the grandfather of David.
Wife of Uriah (Bathsheba): Bathsheba became the wife of David as the result of lust, adultery, and murder. Their first son died seven days after his birth. Their second son was King Solomon. The Lord loved him and gave him great wisdom.
Mary: Mary was a descendent of Abraham. She was chosen by God to give birth to the Messiah. She humbly submitted to God even though she was a virgin and would likely be subjected to ridicule.
b. I believe these women were included in the genealogy as an encouragement to those of us who feel unworthy of God’s grace and mercy. God knew their hearts and counted them worthy because of their faith. In the case of Bathsheba, it was more likely due to David’s repentance and faith.
c. Rahab hid the spies, endangering herself and her family. She also followed the spies’ instructions which saved her family.
Ruth clung to her mother-in-law, leaving behind her birth family, her heritage, her culture, and her gods. She submitted herself to Naomi and obeyed her instructions. God blessed her by giving her a wealthy, respected husband and a son. I find it notable that the town to which Naomi and Ruth returned was none other than Bethlehem, the future birthplace of the Messiah.
Mary humbly submitted herself to God’s plan as relayed to her by the angel. She went to visit Elizabeth because she believed what the angel told her about Elizabeth’s miraculous conception.
Tamar’s “action” is a bit more of a stretch. We aren’t told if she had faith in God or if she prayed. Regardless, God’s
d. My husband prayed for my foot after a heavy bowl fell on it. Later, I put on my shoe to go for a walk. My foot hurt as took the first couple of steps. I went anyway, and I just realized — it never bothered me after that. Even the bruise is gone.
4. a. Jesus’ lineage is important because it demonstrates the fulfillment of prophecies about the promised Messiah.
b. The genealogy also demonstrates the importance of the many individuals in the Messiah’s lineage and the importance of their faith and relationship with God.