Matthew 1-4 (The Daily Walk Bible).

While it’s an interesting exercise to look at the stories of all the people in Matthew’s genealogy, the women mentioned are particularly enlightening. Not counting Mary, we have: Tamar (v. 3), Rahab (v. 5), Ruth (v. 5), and the “wife of Uriah” that is, Bathsheba (v. 6). Their stories are found in Genesis 38 (Tamar); Joshua 2, 6 (Rahab); Ruth 1-4 (Ruth); and 2 Samuel 11-12 (Bathsheba). It’s a bit surprising that a genealogy like this would include women at all, but it also includes some who are immoral, and others who are not Jewish.

What can we learn from this? Perhaps this: our lives may not be perfect, and we may have been subject to ridicule, abuse, or worse, but we still matter to God and can be used by Him!

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