Even His genealogy pours forth transforming riches that will bring wonder to your soul. I am going to pose several questions over the next few days on this blog — because I’ve got amazing participants who ponder, who seek God, and who share articulately. How thankful I am for this body of believers on my blog!
To lead you into the first question, Christ’s genealogy is a great reversal. In days past, a person’s genealogy was his resume. Even my own father, who was born in 1913, was asked to turn in his genealogy when he applied for a job as the assistant to the President of the West Bend Company. They wanted to know what kind of people his parents and his grandparents and even his great grandparents were. (And the other amazing thing is that he was told that if he were to accept the job, he had to make a lifetime commitment because he would be groomed to be president. He was offered the job and did make a lifetime commitment!) A person’s genealogy was his resume. Therefore if you descended from moral people, maybe even heroic people — your chances of success were hopeful. Hence came the phrase, “He comes from good stock.”
From whom was Jesus descended? In His list is women (who were not considered equals by people in biblical days). Listing women in your genealogy? Oh my! (But hurrah for you and me!) We’re going to look at the first three women listed in Matthew. First, you will see a negative, that is really a positive for us — but then, a breath-taking characteristic of these three noble women.
We’ll deal with that amazing positive in the next few days. But first, let’s start with the negative. Here is the first three-part question:
A. Who were the first three women listed in Matthew?
B. Why might each be looked at negatively in the culture of that day? (And perhaps today as well!)
C. What significance is there in this for you and me?