Genesis 38:1-30 and Joshua 2:1-24
MyHeritage, 23andMe, AncestryDNA… Ancestry tests seemed to proliferate the market this year as I browsed various items and options while Christmas shopping. While there are many reasons for wanting to know the details of family heritage, these tests tug at a deep and aching question we all may wonder: Where do I come from? What does it mean? How has that formed me?
In this Sunday’s message, we dive into Jesus’s family tree. Specifically, we highlight four women. Tamar, Rahab, Ruth and Bathsheba. Years of church-going may condition our immediate mental response: women of ill-repute, prostitutes, sexual brokenness and the likes. This week we are challenged to see them in a different light. Redeemed, accepted, changed. Upon meeting the Father, these women became some of the greatest fighters in all of history. Their cause went from personal gain to preservation of their family — God’s family. In God’s great grace, He chose to thread the line of His family not around these seemingly messy women, but right through the middle of their stories. How does He do the same for us? Our past may look more or less like these women, but our heritage and our future in the family is God hinges on our acceptance to His ever-open invite.