Who Will God Use?

Have you ever felt like God would never be able to use you for something good because of your past, because of something you’ve done?  Well, my friend, consider this.

Matthew Chapter 1 lists the genealogy of Jesus.  While this may seem like a boring read, I want you to see something important…very important.

Besides the chosen and beloved Mary, simple young girl chosen by God to carry this very special baby, we see some other very significant women mentioned, women whom we would probably NOT consider worthy to be included in this special blood line leading to the birth of the Savior of the World.  Let’s read and see…

The Genealogy of Jesus the Messiah
1This is the genealogy# of Jesus the Messiah the son of David, the son of Abraham:
2Abraham was the father of Isaac,
Isaac the father of Jacob,
Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers,
3Judah the father of Perez and Zerah, whose mother was Tamar,
Perez the father of Hezron,
Hezron the father of Ram,
4Ram the father of Amminadab,
Amminadab the father of Nahshon,
Nahshon the father of Salmon,
5Salmon the father of Boaz, whose mother was Rahab,
Boaz the father of Obed, whose mother was Ruth,
Obed the father of Jesse,
6and Jesse the father of King David.
David was the father of Solomon, whose mother had been Uriah’s wife,
7Solomon the father of Rehoboam,
Rehoboam the father of Abijah,
Abijah the father of Asa,
8Asa the father of Jehoshaphat,
Jehoshaphat the father of Jehoram,
Jehoram the father of Uzziah,
9Uzziah the father of Jotham,
Jotham the father of Ahaz,
Ahaz the father of Hezekiah,
10Hezekiah the father of Manasseh,
Manasseh the father of Amon,
Amon the father of Josiah,
11and Josiah the father of Jeconiah# and his brothers at the time of the exile to Babylon.
12After the exile to Babylon:
Jeconiah was the father of Shealtiel,
Shealtiel the father of Zerubbabel,
13Zerubbabel the father of Abihud,
Abihud the father of Eliakim,
Eliakim the father of Azor,
14Azor the father of Zadok,
Zadok the father of Akim,
Akim the father of Elihud,
15Elihud the father of Eleazar,
Eleazar the father of Matthan,
Matthan the father of Jacob,
16and Jacob the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary, and Mary was the mother of Jesus who is called the Messiah.
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  • Tamar, violated, spoiled, disgraced by her half-brother, hated by him afterward, found pregnant because of it!
  • Rahab, prostitute!
  • Ruth, a Moabite
  • Bathsheba (who had been Uriah’s wife), object of David’s lust.

I find great comfort and encouragement in the fact that God used simple, ordinary women in this special line-up of those who would be included in the genealogy of Jesus, my Savior and King!!  If God can use them and their names be listed in His word for all the world to see, then I know He can certainly use YOU and ME for His purposes TODAY!!  So be encouraged my friend and live your life for Jesus!  He will do something great; you can count on it!

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