Text: Matthew 1:1-25
Jesus is introduced by Matthew in the historical context in the lineage of King David. Fourteen generations from Abraham to David are outlined, another fourteen from David to Jeconiah and from Jeconiah to Christ (v.17). Amidst this, five women are mentioned and four of them with a character that would not sell in today’s “church”. Tamar (v.3), Rahab, Ruth (v.5) and Bathsheba (v.6).

Obviously Mary (v.16) remains a model. The lesson is that Jesus as a Saviour depicts liberation of social outcasts and offers hope to the societal rejects. He offers hope to you today as a Savior no matter what you have done.

Meditate on verse 21. How are you going to apply it to your life?

Our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, we thank You for in the fullness of time You were born to save us from sin. Lord my prayer is that Your saving power will surround me no matter how far away I have strayed from You. In the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen.