Purpose in it all

My Bible reading for this season has led me back to the start of Matthew.

Am I the only one who has ever experienced the temptation to skip over the genealogies? To move on to the stories following them used to seem like a much better idea.

But ever since the Lord grabbed hold of my heart with regard to the building of His tabernacle in Exodus, I have grown to truly enjoy these gems in the Scriptures. There is a specific, divine-given purpose for every single passage in the Bible.

These things weren’t just added to bore us or to give us unnecessary information. If we are willing and our hearts are open, God can teach us through any verse.

Today when I read through Matthew 1, the Lord taught me something new. Verses 5-6 give us some incredible insight into generational effects.

Salmon was the father of Boaz by Rahab, Boaz was the father of Obed by Ruth, and Obed the father of Jesse. Jesse was the father of David the king. David was father of Solomon by Bathsheba who had been the wife of Uriah.

In the short span of two verses we are presented with three different women, three different stories, three different decisions.

Rahab had heard of the glory of the Lord and knew of His power from stories her people had told. She decided to honor this God of the Jews and her life was spared.

Ruth was a widow who seemed in little hope of ever being restored. But in God’s proper timing, she was put into the sights of her kinsmen redeemer, Boaz. Together they had a child who would eventually grandfather King David.

Finally, Bathsheba. The woman who David had an adulterous affair with and then married. After her first child died, she became the mother to King Solomon, the wisest man to ever live.

How could these women have ever known that they would be woven into the  genealogy of Jesus Christ, the Messiah? This thought wouldn’t have even crossed their minds. It would seem way too good to be true, too impossible to believe that with their pasts, their sins, that they could ever have ties to the Lamb of God.

But you see, God uses the broken who are willing. Rahab was a prostitute. Ruth was a widow. Bathsheba was an adulterous woman.

And still God could take their brokenness and use it for His glory. He didn’t write them off because of their blemishes or shortcomings.

At any point they could’ve taken themselves out of the game, deeming themselves unworthy and useless before the Father God. They could’ve chosen a different path in life, to pursue their own ways.

But because they were positioned and willing, God used three seemingly insignificant people to become predecessors to the Savior of the World.

Today I pray the Lord speaks to your brokenness, that you give your story back to the Author and Finisher of our faith. We may not always understand why things look the way they do in our lives, but we have to trust that He has a plan. We have to walk by faith with the fragments of information we have. Instead of seeking a blueprint of God’s purpose for you, be faithful in taking the first step, the second step. And trust Him to show you what you need to know in His perfect timing.

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