A position of success
Judah begot Perez and Zerah by Tamar, Perez begot Hezron, and Hezron begot Ram. Ram begot Amminadab, Amminadab begot Nahshon, and Nahshon begot Salmon. Salmon begot Boaz by Rahab, Boaz begot Obed by Ruth, Obed begot Jesse, and Jesse begot David the king. Matthew 1:3-6
Since we have Daily Dosed through most of the New Testament except for the gospels, Acts and Revelation, I want to start from the beginning with the book of Matthew toward finishing it up. I believe going through the gospels in this way will bring great revelation.
So right off the bat, Matthew starts off with the genealogy of Jesus. You may have read through genealogies in the Old Testament, or not, but it is surprising how much you can learn in the comments about some of the people, the nation and the culture of the time.
In this passage, I want to focus on the four women mentioned in the lineage of Jesus in Matthew’s account. They are Tamar, Rahab, Ruth and Bathsheba. I believe God specifically choose each one of these ladies to send a message to all people of the future. I had initially thought that I was going to write about God wants to work through everyone despite what is in our past, but upon taking a closer look I see something different now.
Each one of these women were victims of their circumstances and destined to live as a childless widow for the rest of their lives. A fate, in that culture, that was worse than being dead. Yet, they each made a decision that changed the direction they were headed. A step of faith that brought God on the scene of their lives and opened the doors for them to walk through right into the blood line of the Son of God.
As I consider these women, the times they lived in and the future they were headed for, I pause to reflect on my own life’s journey. I have always considered myself to be strong and capable, but ultimately, I know it has been my faith and relationship with my Heavenly Father that carried me through many difficult seasons. I have had failed relationships and I have spent time alone without a husband. However, while being a single parent in the current culture can still be difficult, it is widely accepted by the world’s standard and there are many programs available to help. But regardless of what I have gone through, I can see my purpose more clearly now more than ever before. I am a woman created by God to love and care for a family and household. I remember times when I was alone and thinking I couldn’t go on. Thankfully, I knew my children were counting on me to be there and provide for our little home. They were the reason many days that I kept on going.
Today I want to encourage you if you are a wife and mother. This is your greatest success in life and your #1 priority. You were created to fulfill this role and to train up leaders for the next generation. Your reach spans the generations from mom to grandma to great grandparent. You are creating a legacy right in your home in your little corner of the world. If you are not married or have no children, I want to encourage you that this can change, and you can still fulfill this mission in life. Talk to God about it and trust that He is leading you to the open doors that you are preparing to walk through. Ask Him for the strength and wisdom to position yourself as He leads. If you are a husband and father, be thankful for the wife and family God has given you to love and provide for. Proverbs 18:22 says that finding a wife is a good thing and gives favor from the LORD! God created women as the answer to the first problem (man being along) and that solution is still going strong in the world today.
Today’s scripture reading: Matthew 1:1-17
1 The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the Son of David, the Son of Abraham: 2 Abraham begot Isaac, Isaac begot Jacob, and Jacob begot Judah and his brothers. 3 Judah begot Perez and Zerah by Tamar, Perez begot Hezron, and Hezron begot Ram. 4 Ram begot Amminadab, Amminadab begot Nahshon, and Nahshon begot Salmon. 5 Salmon begot Boaz by Rahab, Boaz begot Obed by Ruth, Obed begot Jesse, 6 and Jesse begot David the king. David the king begot Solomon by her who had been the wife of Uriah. 7 Solomon begot Rehoboam, Rehoboam begot Abijah, and Abijah begot Asa. 8 Asa begot Jehoshaphat, Jehoshaphat begot Joram, and Joram begot Uzziah. 9 Uzziah begot Jotham, Jotham begot Ahaz, and Ahaz begot Hezekiah. 10 Hezekiah begot Manasseh, Manasseh begot Amon, and Amon begot Josiah. 11 Josiah begot Jeconiah and his brothers about the time they were carried away to Babylon. 12 And after they were brought to Babylon, Jeconiah begot Shealtiel, and Shealtiel begot Zerubbabel. 13 Zerubbabel begot Abiud, Abiud begot Eliakim, and Eliakim begot Azor. 14 Azor begot Zadok, Zadok begot Achim, and Achim begot Eliud. 15 Eliud begot Eleazar, Eleazar begot Matthan, and Matthan begot Jacob. 16 And Jacob begot Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus who is called Christ. 17 So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations, from David until the captivity in Babylon are fourteen generations, and from the captivity in Babylon until the Christ are fourteen generations.