The women in Christ’s line…womenbehindjesus 2

An extract from the Testimony Magazine, February 2016

There are four women mentioned in the genealogy of Christ as recorded by Matthew. It is suggested that they reflect the life in Christ of a baptised believer.

 • Rahab, the harlot. Rahab lived in Jericho in a world so steeped in sin that it had to be totally destroyed. However, she heard of the might of the God of Israel and believed in the way that He had led His people Israel out of Egypt and through the wilderness, and she saved the two spies. She turned from participating in the sins of the world of her day, and adopted the God of Israel as her God. We leave behind the sinful world when we believe and are baptised into Christ.

 • Ruth, the Moabitess. Ruth was a Gentile, brought up worshipping the idols of her nation. After she had experienced the life of the God-fearing Naomi, she declared, ‘I will go where you go, your people will be my people, and your God will be my God.’ Ruth married an Israelite in the royal line and became part of the Abrahamic promises. We too are Gentiles, but at baptism into Christ we become part of spiritual Israel and heirs to all God’s promises.

• Bathsheba, a Jewess. Bathsheba had married a Gentile, one initially outside the covenant, but after the death of Uriah she was married to David, one to whom even greater promises were made. Even when we have taken the necessary steps to become part of the family of God we still sin on occasions, but through Christ we can be brought back into the fold if we repent and confess our sins.

• Mary, the mother of Jesus. Of all the women since creation, Mary was chosen to bear God’s only begotten Son. Out of the many people who have existed, Jesus calls us to become part of the Bride of Christ. Our walk to the Kingdom takes the route of leaving behind the sinful world where we did the things which pleased ourselves, abandoning our Gentile status and becoming spiritual Jews, seeking forgiveness when we stray from right ways, and showing our gratitude that our heavenly Father has chosen us out of the world by continuing to strive for perfection in His Son.

By  Adah Jones.