Grace is the phrase that comes to mind as I read the lineage of the Messiah, the Savior Who came to offer Himself for the sins of the world. YOU can receive this abundant grace by simply opening your heart and believing that sin and shame are banished by #Hope and #Faith in the good, good plan of God for your life.
I say “LAVISH#grace because of the narrative in Matthew chapter 1. #Redemption for these women included honor as they were placed and recognized as life-givers in the line of the Messiah. There was no greater honor to receive.
Tamar, a shunned widow, who deceived her father-in-law by playing a prostitute and conceived his child in order to make him keep his word in protecting her as family.
Rahab, a foreign prostitute who declared to the spies of Israel, “We have heard…for the Lord your God is God in heaven above and on the earth below.”
Ruth, a widowed Gentile, outcast to all as a “foreign woman” became Rahab’s daughter-in-law as the story of redemption continued.
And Bathsheba, taken by King David, a widow by his murderous hand.
Throughout the lineage, everything was broken. And then my favorite of all in this chapter– passing through all sin and division we arrive at the faithful Joseph and Mary in verse 16:
“…and Jacob the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary, and Mary was the mother of Jesus who is called the Messiah.”
The Savior’s birth shouted out to us – “Grace has arrived to conquer sin.” Lavish grace redeems women from shame and honors them not for who they were but for who they are in the plan of God. REAL Women are:
• Reflections of the character of God.
• Ezer, the strong fighter against sin and for our family.
• Anointed to be speakers of Truth.
• Life Givers emotionally, physically, spiritually.
Whether the mistakes were yours or you were the victim of the choices of others, God honors you with a good, good plan for your life. Brokenness is healed by the Gospel of Good News. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” 2 Cor 5:17 Believe it. Claim it. Live it TODAY.
#ExpectAmazing (Ephesians 3:20)
Diane Strack