The Surprises in Jesus’ Genealogy: Ruth

Now, we reach the midpoint of the five women Matthew includes in Jesus’ ancestry.  The first, Tamar, lived during the period of the patriarchs.  The second, Rahab, in the time when Israel reconquered their land.  The third, Ruth, lived when the judges ruled.  The genealogy mentions her in this way, “Boaz fathered Obed by Ruth” […]

Advent Series: The Surprises in Jesus’ Genealogy: Rahab

Like Tamar last week, the second woman in Matthew’s ancestry of Jesus will also raise some eyebrows.  Here is how Matthew introduces her, “Salmon fathered Boaz by Rahab” (Matthew 1:5).  For us, her story begins during a reconnaissance mission.  The exodus of Israel is now 40 years past, and they are trying the reclaim their […]

Advent Series: The Surprises in Jesus’ Genealogy: Tamar

An account of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the Son of David, the Son of Abraham.  From Abraham to David: Abraham fathered Isaac, Isaac fathered Jacob, Jacob fathered Judah and his brothers, Judah fathered Perez and Zerah by Tamar.  So read the first three verses of Matthew’s Gospel. The statement about Tamar is straightforward enough.  […]

Ruth: Lesson 6: The Redemption becomes Real!

Boaz has now cleared all the hurdles for him to redeem Ruth and Naomi, which will include marrying Ruth and bringing Naomi into his household as his mother.   The Witnesses Bless Boaz and Ruth Read Ruth 4:11 The Old Testament is full of patriarchs—but also matriarchs!  The Israelites loved their mothers—immediate and ancestral.  So, […]