Genealogies are so daunting to read that often I just skip them. I have only read the “begats” of 1st Chronicles once, just to say I have. But, to really see the big picture of God’s grace and His loving kindness in action you have to consider the familial fabric weaved into Jesus’ genealogy in Matthew chapter 1.
First in the lineup who may give pause is Tamar. Tamar was widowed by one of the sons of Judah. And, due to unfulfilled promises of redemption through other sons, she played a harlot to entice her father-in-law, Judah, and became pregnant by him. Next is Rahab. Rahab was harlot by trade who lived in the walls of Jericho. She hid Joshua’s spies in exchange for refuge for herself and her family. Finally, Ruth. Ruth was a Moabite who adhered herself to Naomi after the death of her husband, Naomi’s son.
God honored each of these women by placing them in the bloodline of His perfect Son, Jesus. I love this fact because it echoes the grace and mercy of God through Jesus Christ. This is His plan for all of us. To put us in a place of honor we did not and cannot earn. We so often get lost in the ugliness of our past that we let unworthy mask the fullness of what God offers us-FULL REDEMPTION.
God knows…God loves…God gave.
That’s the bottom line.
“For ALL have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23)
“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)
What is keeping you from embracing the fullness of God’s mercy and grace?
Let it go…today…right now! God gave you full unmerited redemption through Jesus Christ. Live in this fact today!