Read Matthew 1:1-16
“When our depravity meets His divinity, there’s a beautiful collision.” – David Crowder
When we typically come to genealogies in scripture, the temptation is to enter into speed-reading or scan mode. Our goal is to make it through the list of names and people in the most painless way possible. We do not see what “confusing Hebrew name #1” being the father of “confusing Hebrew name #2” has to do with our lives.
As Matthew begins his gospel, he starts with a list of names in order to place Jesus within a historical context for his readers. From this passage, we see that Jesus was a real historical person with a real historical setting, but if we stop here, we miss the beautiful truth of the power of the gospel found in the passage.
In biblical genealogies, only men were typically listed. Women were left out because the men were the ones through which the household name was passed and because women were not viewed as highly in biblical times as they are in modern times. In Matthew’s genealogy, he shocks his readers by including four women in the genealogy. These women are included to draw our attention to them and to show the power of the gospel through the brokenness of human lives.
These women show the brokenness of humanity that God can work through for His glory and to bring His Son into the world. The first woman, Tamar (v. 3), has a very shady story that landed her in the genealogy of Jesus. In Genesis 38, she enticed her father-in-law into an incestuous relationship. The second woman, Rahab (v. 5), was the prostitute who saved the spies in Jericho and became a part of the people of Israel (Joshua 2 and 5). The third woman, Ruth (v. 5), was a Moabite woman who lost her husband and was redeemed by Boaz to become a part of Jesus’ line. The fourth and final woman is not even named. Matthew simply refers to her as “the wife of Uriah” (v. 6). This woman’s name is Bathsheba. She is the woman with whom King David committed adultery. These are all broken women with broken stories that God choose to use to be a part of Jesus’ line.
The message of Matthew 1:1-16 is that you can never be too broken for God to use you in His work. Jesus used situations and stories that would be considered horrible by many people to bring Jesus into the world. The message of the gospel, which shines so clearly in this passage, is that God wants to redeem your broken story and use you for His work. God is in the transformation business. Even before Jesus’ birth, God was using broken people to perform His cosmic plan of redemption. We can have hope today that when our depravity meets His divinity, it is truly a beautiful collision.
Lord Jesus, You are in the transformation business. I praise You that You could use a broken person like me for Your work. Thank you for the transformation that Jesus purchased for me on the cross. Help me to live today in light of that transformation. Amen.
Thought for the Day
Our brokenness is merely a canvas for the Master Designer to create something beautiful for His glory.