Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, Bathsheba, and Mary unite for one cause: the glory and hope of Israel, God with us, Immanuel. These five women listed in Jesus’ genealogy lived intriguing lives. Their stories thread throughout time and intertwine with ours. They point us to redemption, hope, grace, love, and a life lived well for Christ.
These women came from diverse backgrounds. Some were born Israelites and others were grafted in, but God brought them together for one purpose – the human line from which Jesus would be born.
To our finite eyes, Jesus didn’t come from the most noble of people. No, some of those listed in Matthew 1 lived lives that can be categorized as scandalous. However, God saw something that we cannot see—he saw the heart. The heart that he longs to redeem from a sin-trapped life and a heart that longs for him more than anything.
Did these women realize they were living out the prophecies of the Old Testament? Probably not. Maybe we should focus less on the outcome of our circumstances and more on cultivating our hearts. If we can cultivate the following 10 attitudes, we might find ourselves being used for glorious purposes that stretch beyond our wildest imaginations.
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