Today we are wrapping up our look at the women in Matthew 1, the lineage of Jesus. Mary is the last woman listed and she has the honor of calling herself the mother of Jesus.
Mary was from the town of Nazareth in the hills of Galilee. She was from a poor but honorable family who were descendants of Israel’s greatest king, David. Mary was trained in the scripture and knew that God had promised to send the Messiah who would rescue her people and be their king. Right after the 400 years of silence, the time between the Old and New Testament when no new Scripture was written, and no prophets had spoken, Mary’s story unfolds.
What is amazing about Mary’s story is that people believed that the king would come from a wealthy and powerful family. Instead God choose a poor girl from a humble family.
Mary is the perfect example of God choosing the most unexpected person to do something for His kingdom. No one would have ever picked David to slay Goliath but God did. No one would have ever thought Joshua could bring the walls down by marching around the city of Jericho and blowing a trumpet but God did.
It is so easy to fall into the trap of thinking we are not good enough. We may think God has better candidates to choose from for the job but God knew exactly what He was doing when He chose David to slay Goliath, and He knew exactly what He was doing when He chose Mary to carry His Son. God knows exactly what He is doing with you too.
Trust God to use you as He sees fit. Mary was the only one in the group that did not have sin that is mentioned. Unlike Ruth who comes from a line of people whom God had cursed, Mary was a descendant of David. She, however, was not who most people thought God would have chosen.
God picked exactly who was to be a part of the genealogy of His son so that it would show His grace and mercy. From these five women we can see that no matter how big our sin or whether we don’t see ourselves as worthy, God has made it clear that we can call ourselves heirs of His kingdom.
We need to believe who we are in Christ and understand that there is nothing that we have done that is too big for His forgiveness.
I hope you join me again next week for the Women to Women series.
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