Four Women In the Genealogy of Jesus

Sun am 12 July 2009 – Kobus Swart

2 Cor. 6:14-18; Matt. 1:1-17; 1 Pet. 2:9; Ruth 1:14-18; (Isa. 4:1); Ruth 3:1-11; Ruth 4:10;

Josh. 2:1-21; Heb. 11:31; James 2:24-26; (Ps. 51); Matt. 13:36-39; Mal. 4:1-6

Abraham gave Isaac the instruction, “Do not marry any one from the daughters of Canaan.” They went to great trouble to find a woman who was in the right lineage. Also the same thing happened when Isaac instructed Jacob not to marry any of the daughters of Canaan. God was jealous of the Royal Seed line. We previously touched on the problem of mixed marriages, meaning those of the covenant people of God marrying those outside the covenant people – all pointing to God’s heart for purity.

This is how the New Testament approaches this subject: “Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness? What harmony is there between Christ and Belial? What does a believer have in common with an unbeliever? What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God has said: ‘I will live with them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be my people.’ Therefore come out from them and be separate, says the Lord. Touch no unclean thing, and I will receive you.” “I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty” (2 Cor. 6:14-18).

The seed line of Christ starts like this: “Jesus, the son of Abraham, the son of David.” This establishes the principle that God is linking up fathers and sons through history. There is a connection taking place even with those who are in the cloud of witnesses. If your earthly father did something that disqualified him from being included in the Royal Seed line, God has a way of connecting you with spiritual fathers – establishing an alignment even with those who have gone to be with the Lord.

Normally when genealogies are mentioned they always mention the men because the father carries the seed. Yet four ladies are brought in here by name – (Matt. 1:1-17). The Church is a holy nation. God is putting a holy nation together of everybody who is qualified to be in the Royal Seed line. Ever since Jesus came, He redefined the Covenant relationship. It was no longer exclusively for the Jews. “He came to His own, and those who were His own did not receive Him. But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God”. (Joh 1:11-13) God was jealous of protecting the Holy Seed, constituting the Holy Nation which includes everyone who accepts Jesus Christ as his/her personal Lord and Saviour. There are many people even at this moment who are not Christians and are not born again. How can they become part of the Royal Seed line? There are some lessons to be learned from these four women in the Old Testament. This should give everybody hope.

1. Ruth was from a very bad background, she was born a Moabite, Moab meaning “what father?” Moabites were born from the incestuous relationship between Lot and his daughters. Ruth’s commitment in Ruth 1:14-18 is a different picture to the one we find in Isaiah 4:1 where seven women (prostitutes who felt uncovered) came to one man, discerned in him what they needed and said, “Please can we use your name, we will eat our own food and wear our own clothes.” That is the way many people today treat covenant relationships. Ruth was different. Notice her determination when she spoke to Naomi: “Do not urge me to leave you or turn back 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 I will be buried. Thus may the LORD do to me, and worse, if anything but death parts you and me.” Also notice how Naomi’s advice to Ruth is similar to the Holy Spirit’s whisperings in the life of the believer. The Holy Spirit has one intention, to present a pure virgin to Christ. Ruth was included in the Seed line of the Christ. God’s grace is demonstrated here.

2. Rahab (Joshua 2:1-21) In the New Testament she is still referred to as “Rahab the harlot”. She found herself transplanted into the Royal Seed line by a simple act of faith. She had no ulterior motives in hiding the men on her roof. Verse 9-11 gives us an insight into this woman’s spirit and God’s selection of her. She is also listed among the heroes of faith in Heb. 11:31. (See also James 2:35)

1. Tamar is also mentioned. She was the sister of Absalom and was the very unfortunate victim of circumstances. What happened there is also connected to the Levirate marriage system because Judah went into Tamar to protect the seed line. God had a plan and worked it according to principle. God is a God of principle, that’s how Tamar found her way in.

1. Bathsheba was an innocent woman. She was summoned by the king. When David’s men went to war, David stayed home. He saw her, had her brought to his house and raped her; then had her husband killed. If you read the story carefully, God saved David from being destroyed because of the repentance in his spirit (Ps. 51). Mercy saves you from what you deserve (punishment or judgment). David had instant repentance. He ended up marrying Bathseba and eventually she gave birth to Solomon.

These women are mentioned in the genealogy of the Christ, where normally only men’s names were mentioned. These four women are included to send a message to us to remind us that we do not qualify because of a special lineage or a royal earthly family, financial or racial background. None of those qualifications brought you and me into the Seed line of the Christ; only the grace of God and by entering into the right relationship with the Lord.

What is it that helps you and me to become part of the Royal Seed line? Matt. 13 gives us another key. It is the way we respond to the gospel of the Kingdom. This will determine whether you will be part of the sons of the Kingdom or sons of the evil one. There are only two groups. There is no middle ground. The sons of the evil one will be removed first, and then the sons of the Kingdom will shine forth as the sun in the Kingdom of their Father. (Matth 13:36-43)

What is on the heart of God, when He is so insistent that the hearts of the sons must be joined to the hearts of the fathers? (Mal 4:6). God wants to eliminate the chaff (Matth 13:42), so that those who have become part of the Royal Seed line will avoid the curse. In this season, God is giving a special opportunity for the Holy nation to be gloriously manifested in the earth!