“So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations; from David to the deportation to Babylon, fourteen generations; and from the deportation to Babylon to the Messiah, fourteen generations” (Matthew 1:17)
Among the first fourteen generations listed in the genealogy of Jesus(v.2-6), we would be surprised to find four names — Tamar, a Canaanite, who played the harlot; Rahab, a harlot; Ruth, a Moabite; and, Bathsheba, a Hittite by marriage. Instead of our self-righteousness explaining these away with something like, “Well, it’s for the likes of these for whom Christ died,” a greater truth is that it’s such as these from whom Christ came. Reading the genealogies remind us that racial and religious purity has never defined the people of God; that flawed people make the best saints; that God’s sovereign purposes will always prevail over human sin and weakness. We come from a long history of brokenness. Stay faithful!