Shady Ancestors


Read and consider Matthew 1:1-17

(Today’s lesson is from The Student Bible-NIV)

Matthew’s list of ancestors differs from many Jewish geneologies by including women, and a surprising selection of women at that. Tamar, a Gentile, tricked and seduced her father-in-law, then bore illegitimate twins (Genesis 38); Rahab, another Gentile, once worked as a prostitute (Joshua 2;6); Ruth also grew up as a pagan Gentile (Ruth 1-4); and Uriah’s wife Bathsheba committd adultery with King David (2 Samuel 11-12). Many of the men listed had unsavory pasts as well; taken together, these ancestors of Jesus vividly demonstrate God’s ability to work with all sorts of people.


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