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The Lineage of The Christ
The lineage of the Christ is both the plan of God and the fruit of a promise made to Abraham long ago.
When Abraham showed great faith in the promise of God, God then kept his end of the bargain and blessed the whole world through his lineage.
And throughout his linage many times the grace of God has been abundant on a people who lacked godly character.
It was never about race, it was never about status, and it was most definitely not about the righteousness of man.
But the Grace of God saw fit for many to play a part in bringing the Christ into the world.
God’s kindness, God’s unmerited favor, God’s giving of love when we were undeserving is what we celebrate during this time of year.
Matthew is the only Gospel which is inclusive of women in the lineage.
I don’t believe it to be a chauvinistic offense on the account of the other writers but I believe it is a message of Grace and inclusivity.
Matthew understood that the culture of his day did not value women but even more so his culture did not always value foreigners and sinners.
All of these women fit into that boat yet God was able to use them.
Please turn your Bibles with me to Matthew chapter 1.
Rahab was the mother of a well known bachelor named Boaz who would later marry Ruth.
But in the context of our text today it is many years before Boaz has been born.
The people of God have been set free from Egpyt, Moses has since died, and now they begin on their conquest to inherit the promised land.
But there remains some work to do.
God has tasked them with going to war and eradicating everything in opposition to Him. (Joshua 11:20) That means all nations who refuse to worship Yahweh, idols, temples built to false gods, and culture pointing towards fals gods must be destroyed.
The people of God are tasked with destroying a town called Jericho.
Joshua sends two spies to scout the land that they God will give them.
And here we meet Rahab in Joshua 2
Rahab had three strikes against her.
She was not a keeper of God’s law
She was a Canaanite (Not a part of the family of God)
She lived in the wall
It does not matter how you slice it!
She was a prime candidate to be in the lineage of THE CHRIST, THE ANOINTED ONE, THE SAVIOR OF THE WHOLE WORLD!
Yet God was able to use her.
A Sinner Is a Sinner?
Some folks would argue that they themselves or others who are sinners cannot be changed.
Rahab’s story doesn’t start off well.
Our introduction of Rahab is in Josh 2:1-7
When we look at the first 7 verses of this chapter we may then be prompted to say Rahab is a hero!
Even James 2 25 says
The works of your past do not condemn you when they are replaced by the works of God.
Family Ties
Who you come from matters in our culture today and in the culture of the time of the Bible.
Today if you are a child of Bill Gates you will more than likely never be without money or lack access to higher education.
Also on the flip side if you are the child of a person in poverty you will have survival skills that simply cannot be taught and an appreciation for simple things.
Being in the family of a Canaanite person meant that you would have been very familiar with the gods Baal and Asheroth.
Which meant that you were engaged in what Israel was seeking to eradicate!
But she heard news of God and obeyed!
And that is promising in that you can start off in a bad place and still end up where God is!
God’s family V The Adversary’s
Some folks will see this and only see that her fear and dread is prompted by the destruction of Good on the disobedient.
But upon a closer look we see...
V9- “I know that the Lord has given you the land...”
Yahweh loves His people
Yahweh provides ALL THINGS
He fights for the people
He gives them land
He wants to be WITH them!
Baal only provided thunder, lightning, and rain for his people who were dependent on it for crops.
All her people had heard, feared, and dreaded.
Yet she obeyed.
“The Lord your God is indeed God in heaven above and on earth below.”
She used language that up until this point we only know the Israelites used.
“God in heaven above and on earth below”.
When she heard word of God, she believed, and she obeyed.
In that moment of faith and action she ceased to be a Canaanite and became an Israelite.
Who you were is not who you have to be!
The Grace of God can change you!
Rahab Lived In The Wall
Rahab had changed yet where she lived was set to be destroyed.
We all know the story of the battle of Jericho quite well!
The people of God wouldn’t have to do much fighting in this scenario God was going to destroy the stronghold of the city, the thing which protected the evil people within.
But Rahab and her family LIVED within or on top of this very same wall!
How would it be possible for them to continue on in their present environment?
Even though your situation may be dyer, even though your environment may be destructive, even though chaos may exist all around you...
God’s grace can and will make use of you where you are!
She Shouldn’t Be Here
She shouldn’t be here and neither should you.
But the grace of God saw fit that Rahab the prostitute is part of the lineage of Jesus Christ, our savior.
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