This week in our Advent series “Mothers of Jesus” we arrive at the story of Rahab, a Canaanite prostitute living in the wall of Jericho. Yet she’s in the line of Israel’s promised Messiah, the One the angel told Joseph to name Jesus, because he came to save his people from their sins. Rahab’s story has much to teach us about the scandal of grace and the meaning of true faith in the One who came to save sinners, and who is coming again to rescue his people.
It might seem strange to base a sermon series on the “begats.” The genealogies of so-and-so’s who begat so-and-so’s, but this advent season this is where we are turning our attention. In Matthew’s genealogy in Matthew 1, we have one of the most interesting list of names in the Bible. As Matthew makes the case that Jesus is profoundly connected to men like David and Abraham, he also sprinkles in the names of four women, that communicate just what kind of Messiah Jesus is.