Matthew 1:1-17 – SPECIAL WOMEN
There are some special women in my life. My wife, Dottie, is of course, special and important to me. My mom is also of special importance, as is my daughter, Donna! The Lord has blessed me with two more daughters by way of marriage to my sons. Carletta and Candace have also become special to me. And now we have two granddaughters, Nicole, and Elyssa. I don’t think I have to tell you that my granddaughter are special! J (You may want to introduce your message by mentioning those special women in your life.)
In the genealogy of the Lord Jesus in Matthew 1, there are four special women mentioned. They are, of course, special because of their being included in the lineage of our Lord. But they are also special because they remind us of the types of people our Lord receives.
TAMAR (THAMAR) – THE FORGOTTEN WOMAN – Vs. 3
According to custom, Tamar was to have a husband from among her dead husband’s family. Although Judah promised Tamar a husband, he did not keep his promise. She was forgotten on purpose! See the story in Genesis 38.
Many people feel like they have forgotten, especially during the holidays. However, the Lord Jesus died for all, forgetting nobody!
In a special way, He has not forgotten or forsaken those who have trusted Him as Savior. Hebrews 13:5
RUTH – THE FOREIGN WOMAN – Vs. 5
The book of Ruth in the Old Testament tells of this woman who was born a foreigner. First of all, she placed her faith in the Lord God of Israel (Ruth 1:16-18). Later, she married Boaz.
Just as God received this foreign woman into the His Son’s genealogy, God receives those who are foreign to church and/or Christianity into his family. One does not need to be brought up in the church in order to be received into God’s family. It’s a matter of faith (John 1:12-13)!
BATH SHEBA – THE FALLEN WOMAN – Vs. 6
David and Bath Sheba committed adultery! Her husband was allowed to die in battle. This was a subtle form of murder. However there was forgiveness for David and Bath Sheba. Their story is found in 2 Samuel 11-12.
As Christians, we often fall into sin. Although God is not pleased, there is always forgiveness available (1 John 1:8 – 2:2)
MARY – THE FAITHFUL WOMAN – Vs. 16
Mary was a sinner just like the rest of us!
However, she was a woman of great faith and sterling character (Luke 1:26-38).
We Christians need to remember that faithfulness is a quality that is pleasing to God (2 Corinthians 4:2).