Scripture Passage: Matthew 1:1-17
Five women are mentioned in the genealogy of Jesus. Their inclusion is remarkable because they lived in a time when genealogies rarely contained even a single female name. So why are these women included?
What does the mention of these women signify? These five women have five amazing stories that can teach each of us about the true meaning of Christmas.
Tamar | A Story of Hope
Tamar is the first woman mentioned in Matthew’s genealogy. Her story is a story of desperation, grief, and depravity and yet reminds us that in place of desperate acts and broken hopes, the coming Messiah would bring real hope into a needy world.
With whom can you share the story of hope this Christmas?
Rahab | A Story of Faith
Throughout Scripture, Rahab is referred to as a prostitute or harlot — perhaps because it demonstrates the fact that God can redeem anyone and anything for his purpose. However, Rahab’s faith earned her a place in the lineage of Jesus. Her faith was more powerful than her failure.
What failures can you entrust to God this Christmas?
Ruth | A Story of Lovingkindness
Ruth was a young Moabite women who had married into a Jewish family. She chose to care for her widowed mother-in-law rather than return to her own people. Ruth eventually married a man named Boaz. Their son became the grandfather of King David.
To whom can you demonstrate kindness and compassion this Christmas?
Bathsheba | A Story of Grace
Bathsheba entered into the story in the most heartbreaking way. After committing adultery with Bathsheba, King David orchestrated the death of her husband. She eventually became one of King David’s wives and the mother of Solomon, the wise king.
How can grace heal a broken heart? To whom can you demonstrate grace this Christmas?
Mary | A Story of Fulfillment
Mary was an ordinary girl on the threshold of marriage. But God planned from the very beginning for her life to be anything but ordinary. He planned to use Mary to fulfill his plan of salvation for a broken world. Her story is one of fulfillment as she gave birth to Jesus.
What might God be able to do through your life if you gave Him complete control?