Hard Questions About the Bible

The genealogies found in Matthew and Luke trace the line of ancestors to Jesus.  They were important in establishing Jesus as the Messiah.  You could almost say that they are like royal or holy lines to the revered Son of God.

One thing kind of struck me, though, when I read the genealogy found in Matthew 1. In Jesus’ line are a couple of unlikely members, both from enemy nations of Israel, and one a prostitute.  I’m talking about Rahab and Ruth.

Rahab was a prostitute who helped and hid the Israelite spies in Jericho before they conquered the city (Joshua 2).  She was the mother of Boaz, who married Ruth.  Ruth was from Moab, one of the hated idol-worshiping nations surrounding Israel, but she came to accept God.  She became the Great-Grandmother of King David.  (For more, read the Book of Ruth)

The Jews were God’s chosen people, so it’s interesting that people from enemy nations, one a prostitute, are included in David and Jesus’ line.  It certainly doesn’t sound ‘holy’.  Why would they be included unless it were true?

Christians believe that the Bible was all God’s perfect plan, why would He place enemies of His chosen people and a prostitute in such revered positions?  I think God is letting us know that salvation through Jesus is available to all.

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