I want to start out by saying that the lineage parts of the bible are tedious to me. I have tried on several occasions to set down and put things in order and look deeper into them. Things like each life span, other family members not listed, and historical facts. I always wind up lost and confused so I simply read the list and go from there. Something always pops up though so here we go with what I noticed this time when I read it.
The first thing that strikes me is that we didn’t go all the way back to Adam and give the FULL lineage. We have from Adam to Abraham in other places in the bible, so maybe Matthew (and God) didn’t think it needed to be repeated here.
The second points of interest to me are the women’s names in the list. The first woman is Tamar. She had to trick Judah to even get pregnant. God wanted to continue on the lineage but both Judah’s older sons were “wicked in the sight of the Lord” so he didn’t let her conceive by either of them. A “one night stand” as the temple prostitute with Judah though brought her twins. (Their birth is another interesting story. Maybe I’ll get back to that one another day. You can look it up in Genesis 38 if you want to.)
The second woman mentioned is Rahab. Is this the Rahab who let the spies down in the basket at Jericho? After looking at the time Ruth was written, I see that there is no way they can be the same woman, so where does Rahab come from and why is she mentioned by name? Rahab is the mother of Boaz.
Boaz brings in the next woman though. Ruth is the mother of Boaz’s son Obed. Ruth was a Moabite in origin but swore an oath to Naomi when all the men in that family died. Boaz became her kinsman redeemer. Theirs is an awesome love story.
None of these women’s stories mention a shady past or any improprieties until Solomon’s mother. She is not even listed by name but listed as the “wife of Uriah.” I would have to say God was still a little disappointed in that pairing. He blessed it but it was never to be forgotten in the history of Israel.
God included women of ill repute, foreigners, and schemers in Jesus’ lineage. There were some pretty questionable men in his line also. God doesn’t use only the perfect but He perfects what He uses. That means I’m not beyond hope or use either. Perfect in me what is perfect for Your plan.