The Women of Matthew 1

"Come now, let us settle the matter,” says the LORD. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.” Isaiah 1:18

There are four women, other than Mary, in Jesus’ genealogy as listed in Matthew 1: Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, and Uriah’s wife.

Three of these were Gentiles. Rahab was an Amorite and a prostitute. Tamar a Canaanite, was denied her rights to marry Judah’s third son. She pretended to be a prostitute for Judah and bore him twin sons. Ruth was Naomi’s Moabite daughter-in-law, raised to worship false gods. She followed Naomi to Israel—and salvation.

Uriah’s wife was Bathsheba, an Israelite. David is often listed as the “bad boy” in this story, but why bathing on the roof, most likely knowing he was watching? She couldn’t turn him down, but she wasn’t faultless.

Is it selfish of me to be relieved at these women’s stories? To know that, despite their race or their sin, he allowed them to be in Christ’s lineage? To realize that, despite my sins and my mistakes, God loves me as much as He did those ladies and has invited me to be part of Christ’s family?

These scriptures offer comfort and hope:
Romans 5:8 “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”
Psalm 103:10-11 “…he does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him.” 
2 Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”

Father, thank you for your grace and forgiveness. Help me to live a life that demonstrates your love. Amen

Sharon (Arizona)