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Woman to Woman…Mary

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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Woman to Woman…Rahab

Welcome back to the Woman to Woman series.  So far we have looked at Abigail and now we are making our way through the women of Matthew 1. This week we are looking at the second woman in Matthew 1, Rahab, who unlike Tamar she was actually a prostitute.

Her story begins in the book of Joshua. Joshua sent two men secretly to go and view the land, especially Jericho. When they got to the city they came to the house of Rahab and they lodged with her. The King of Jericho came to her house and told Rahab to bring the men out who had entered her home. Rahab told the king that the men were there but they had left and that if he hurried, he would find them and over take them.

After the king and his men left Rahab who was hiding the men says,

 I know that the Lord has given you the land, and that the fear of you has fallen upon us, and that all the inhabitants of the land melt away before you. For we have heard how the Lord dried up the water of the Red Sea before you when you came out of Egypt”. Joshua 2:9

Rahab knew this God they served. She acknowledged what He could do and that He was the one true God. That was a statement of her faith in God. I love her boldness in what she says next. She says, “Because I have dealt kindly with you, please deal kindly with me”. She then goes on to ask that they would save her family. They make an oath with her and tell her that when they come back to the land, no harm will come to her or her family as long as they do not leave her house.

In order to leave without being caught, the men lower themselves with a rope through the window. Not just any rope, a red rope or a scarlet cord. It was a symbol of her lifestyle, a glaring reflection of her sin for all to see. Ever heard of the red-light-district? It has the same meaning. With the cord that showed her sin, she saved the men of God.

Before they left the men told her to gather her family into her house and when they came into the land to hang the scarlet cord in her window. In a class I took at Portland Bible College, my professor mentioned that she had to go and get her family. He pointed out that they most likely did not associate with her. Still, she cared so much for them she risked her life to save them.

The cord and her faith in whom God would save not only her, but her whole family. I don’t think it is a coincidence that the cord that saved her is the same color as the blood that saves us.

Rahab was a Gentile and a prostitute but she was credited for her faith. 

By faith Rahab the prostitute did not perish with those who were disobedient, because she had given a friendly welcome to the spies. Hebrews 11:31

Besides being an example of what it means to have faith, Rahab is also the perfect example of God’s love being big enough to forgive our sin no matter what it is. It is my hope that you too will have the faith of Rahab and that you will always remember that God is so much bigger than the mistakes you may have made. When we leave our past in the past and put our faith in God we will find forgiveness and a new beginning.

Rahab would in time marry Solomon. They had a son named Boaz. Boaz would become the kinsman redeemer in the life of the woman we will look at next week. Her name is Ruth. To read Rahab’s whole story read Joshua 2

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Woman to Woman…Tamar

Tamar, the is 1st woman listed in Matthew:1 (The Genealogy of Jesus). Tamar was the daughter-in-law of Judah. She was married to his oldest Son Er who was evil in the sight of God and put to death. By Levirate rights/law Er’s brother Onan must take her for a wife and once again she finds herself treated in a disrespectful way.

Levitate Rights: Tamar Had these rights but was not allowed to claim them for herself because of what Onan did to her. The law said if a married man died without children, it was the duty of the brother or other near relative to marry the widow. The son of the union would be reckoned to be the son of the first husband. Onan knew if he made a child with her, that child would get an inheritance that was the right of his brothers child. With his brother gone, he and his children would be able to claim the right of the first-born. That meant he used Tamar for sex but Scripture says that he let his semen spell on the ground. For a Jewish woman it meant disgrace and people thought being childless was a punishment from God.

God than puts Onan to death because of how he treats Her. She was promised to be married to Judah’s 3rd son who was very young. Tamar is now left waiting for the third son to grow up. Two husbands have died for treating her so poorly.  One used her. She had no children, and that was looked down on. Now she is waiting for a boy to grow up and she is not sure he will become her husband.

Eventually Judah’s wife dies and Tamar takes matters into her own hands. She dresses as a prostitute and sits by the road waiting for Judah to pass. He thinks she is a prostitute and has sex with her. He promises her a payment but she asks for his signet, cord and staff to hold until payment is brought. They are Judah’s seal. In other words they are ancient version of our personal ID. They are how he would prove his identity and now she has them in her hands. Judah sends a friend with her payment in exchange for his things. She is gone… 3 months later she is pregnant and Judah wants her burned for her sin. Judah asks her by whom are you pregnant? “By the man whom these belong, I am pregnant” she says, as she shows him his possessions.

Tamar got justice for herself. According to the law she had rights but her means of achieving those rights were extreme and not my right to judge. She fought for her inheritance and in her we see how important it is for us to also fight for what is ours. By that I mean our spiritual inheritance. We are daughters of the one true God, heirs in Christ and we should let nothing take that from us. God rewarded Tamar’s tenacity and determination with the birth of sons. One became an ancestor of King David, Israel’s great hero. She is counted in the genealogy of Jesus. You my sister are also worthy to call yourself part of God’s family.

To see Tamar’s full story, read Genesis:38

Until next week,

May you be Simply Blessed.

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Woman to Woman…You are Worthy

Welcome back to my Woman to Woman series…Lessons from the women of the bible

Last week I started our women to women series by looking at Abigail. Over the next several weeks I would like to look at five women who are the perfect example of God’s forgiveness and provision. In these five women will see that we to are worthy to call ourselves daughters of God. The enemy loves to fill us with lies. Satan wants us to think that we are not worthy and that God could never use us because of past mistakes.

It is my hope that the women of Matthew 1 will allow you to throw the lies the enemy has feed you out the window. Matthew 1 is a record of the genealogy of Jesus and four of the women are named and the fifth who is not named is said to be the wife of wife of Uriah.

Three of the women where gentiles: Tamar, Rahab and Ruth. I believe the fact that women were listed in the genealogy of Jesus, and that three were gentiles shows Gods love is for all of us. At the time it was written women did not have a lot worth in society. Mathew 1 shows us that God’s grace is not limited to just men or to only the people of Israel. God’s grace is for each of.

Today I am going to ask you to read Matthew 1: 1-17 and make a note of the women listed and dig in a little on your own. Next week we will dig in and look at Tamar. In each of these five women there is a lesson and I am so excited to share with you what God has shown me as I have gotten into his word.

Until next week ladies (and any men who may be reading this), May you be Simply Blessed

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