Ben Reaoch | Category: Christmas
The next woman mentioned in Jesus family tree is Rahab, whose name we see in the first line of Matthew 1:5, “Salmon the father of Boaz by Rahab.” We read about Rahab in the book of Joshua, when the Israelites are entering the Promised Land. They sent spies to view the land, and the spies came to Jericho. It says in Joshua 2, “they went and came into the house of a prostitute whose name was Rahab and lodged there.” And Rahab protected these spies. She saved their lives by hiding them and then sending them out by another way. In Joshua 6 when God destroys Jericho, Rahab and her family are spared. And according to the genealogy, Rahab and Salmon were the parents of Boaz.
And that brings us to the next woman in the genealogy. Ruth has a book of the Bible named after her in the Old Testament, and that book records the beautiful story of this remarkable woman. Unlike the other women in Jesus’ genealogy, she was not sexually immoral. But because she was a Moabite woman, she would not seem to be a likely candidate for the Messianic line.
The book of Ruth begins with the sad story of Naomi, whose husband died, and then both of her sons died. Naomi was left with her two daughters-in-law, Orpah and Ruth. Naomi set out from Moab to go back to Judah, and she told Orpah and Ruth to return to their homes. But Ruth insisted on staying with Naomi. She said, “Do not urge me to leave you or to return from following you. For where you go I will go, and where you lodge I will lodge. Your people shall be my people, and your God my God. Where you die I will die, and there will I be buried. May the Lord do so to me and more also if anything but death parts me from you” (Ruth 1:16-17).
Then, in God’s providential plan, Ruth meets Boaz, and Boaz redeems Ruth and marries her. And the book of Ruth ends with a genealogy—the genealogy of David. It begins with Perez (who, you remember, was the son of Judah and Tamar), and then it traces the lineage to Salmon (who was the father of Boaz by Rahab). Then Boaz fathered Obed by Ruth. And Obed fathered Jesse, and Jesse fathered David.
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