Are you one of those persons obsessed with your family tree? In the Philippines, if you ask anyone about their family background, most of them would tell you that they have some foreign, usually Spanish origin, or they descended from or related to the powerful clans or some famous person or royalty. Whether that is accurate or not, it does give one a sense of importance and may boost one's self-esteem for a short while. If you read the first chapter of the Book of Matthew, you'll find Jesus' Family Tree. And you'll notice these four women who were not, on the surface, notable or saintly women, whom we would not want to find in our lineage! Tamar - the widowed daughter-in-law of Judah who disguised herself as a prostitute to trick him into impregnating her. (Genesis 38) Rahab - a prostitute and a Gentile living in Jericho. She gave hospitality to the Jewish spies who came to Jericho and hid them from the king of Jericho when he wanted to kill them. Her confession of faith is found in Joshua 2:11, "the Lord your God is God in heaven above and on the earth below." Ruth - a widow and a Moabite, became the daughter-in-law of Rahab. Ruth's story is a beautiful one of loyalty. "Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God" (Ruth 1:16). Bathsheba - another woman mentioned in Jesus' genealogy is only referred to as "Uriah's wife" (Matthew 1:6), emphasizing the fact that Bathsheba became King David's wife only after committing adultery with David, who then arranged for her husband to be killed in battle to cover up their shame (2 Samuel 11-12).
These women decided to turn from the gods of their families and worship only the one true God. God can take those who appear insignificant and unlikely to succeed and transform them into witnesses to His power! He can use broken people for a beautiful purpose. I am no different from these women. I was insignificant and unlikely to succeed, a sinner, and worthless until God found me, rescued me, saved me, forgave me, transformed me, and called me His child.