In the first chapter of Matthew, he presents us with a genealogy from Abraham to Jesus. Each of the people mentioned in this list were just like us going about everyday life. In all the ups and downs of life, we are all unaware of our specific part in God’s plan. Yet those mentioned in Matthew’s genealogy are all in the linage of Jesus.
In his genealogy, Matthew calls our attention to four couples. These couples are: Judah and Tamar, Salmon and Rahab, Boaz and Ruth, and David and Bathsheba. They each have their stories recorded in the pages of the Old Testament.
The story of Judah and Tamar is found in Genesis Chapter 38. The story of Salmon and Rahab is found in the book of Joshua chapter 2 and culminated in chapter 6 verses 17, 22 and 25. Salmon took Rahab as his wife. His name is not mentioned in the Joshua story, but Matthew’s list confirms him as the father of Boaz. The story of Boaz and Ruth is found in the book of Ruth. It’s a great story. The story of David and Bathsheba is recorded in 2nd Samuel Chapters 11 and 12:1-25.
The everyday lives of these couples, and all the others mentioned in Mathew’s list of forbearers, played important roles in God’s plan. Some of them were of Hebrew descent, and some were not. For three of the couples, sin was obviously part of their story. Still, they all played a part in the coming of Jesus. In the course of their everyday lives God brought about his miraculous plan for the salvation of the world. God’s plan is not finished.
In our everyday lives, we are living out our part in God’s continuing plan to bring others to salvation. In the midst of this chaotic world, let’s share the wonderful story of the true meaning of Christmas to all who will listen. Who knows what part our everyday lives may play in God’s miraculous plan.