Grace for the Oppressed
The First Book of the New Testament starts as follows:
Matthew 1:1-16 - 1 The record of the genealogy (direct connection to the Genesis genealogies) of Jesus the Messiah, the son of David (God promised him a son that would reign forever), the son of Abraham (God promised that Abraham’s seed would bless the world): 2 Abraham was the father of Isaac, Isaac the father of Jacob, and Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers. 3 Judah was the father of Perez and Zerah by Tamar, Perez was the father of Hezron, and Hezron the father of Ram. 4 Ram was the father of Amminadab, Amminadab the father of Nahshon, and Nahshon the father of Salmon. 5 Salmon was the father of Boaz by Rahab, Boaz was the father of Obed by Ruth, and Obed the father of Jesse. 6 Jesse was the father of David the king. David was the father of Solomon by Bathsheba who had been the wife of Uriah. 7…16 Jacob was the father of Joseph the husband of Mary, by whom Jesus was born, who is called the Messiah.
- Importance of genealogies in ancient times—To show “a resume” of who a person is.
- Importance of biblical genealogies—To show WHO God’s promised serpent-crushing seed of Genesis 3:15 is.
Jesus’ genealogy includes some surprising names…
- Tamar–became a prostitute and committed incest (Leviticus 20:12, ‘If there is a man who lies with his daughter-in-law, both of them shall surely be put to death; they have committed incest, their bloodguiltiness is upon them)
- Rahab–a Canaanite prostitute
- Ruth–a Moabite foreigner (Deuteronomy 23:3, “No Ammonite or Moabite shall enter the assembly of the Lord; none of their descendants, even to the tenth generation, shall ever enter the assembly of the Lord)
- Bathsheba–adulterer with David the King (Leviticus 20:10)
Question: How is it even possible for these folks to be in the “family” of Jesus the Divine Son of God? How is it possible for you and me to be in the “family” of Jesus?
Answer: Grace must break through and save!
Three ways God’s grace breaks through in a world of oppression