Genealogies record family lines. Through these records an indication of the family history, and the types of characters in that history, are revealed. While it was always possible to delete names from that history the genealogy of Jesus as recorded in Matthew includes 5 women – which is unusual in Hebrew genealogies. This series considers these 5 women and demonstrates why they are integral to the ministry of Jesus.

Part 1 - Tamar: A Desperate Victim

Genesis 38:1-30

The inclusion of Tamar in the genealogy of Jesus demonstrates that, even when we find ourselves in a sinful situation because of our desperation, God is still willing to include us into His family line.

Part 2 - Rahab: Living Without Fear

Joshua 2:1-24

Rahab teaches the Israelites a truth they should have learnt 40 years earlier. When you fear instead of trusting in the promises of God you will find yourself missing out on the full freedom that a relationship with God can give.

Part 3 - Ruth: An Outsider Welcomed In

Ruth 1:1-22

Logically Ruth should not be in the genealogy of Jesus. As a Moabite she is from a despised nation and the only person seeking to be an example to her is Naomi - a woman who is bitter and angry at God. Yet God moves in mysterious ways to include Ruth.

Part 4 - Bathsheba: A Reputation Tarnished

2 Samuel 11:1-27

We live in a world where abuse and injustice occur. Through the story of Bathsheba we see that God is able to bring healing to all victims by including them into His family.

Part 5 - Mary: Ordinary Yet Extraordinary

Luke 1:26-38

Despite being the Mother of Jesus we get the feeling that Mary was quite an ordinary person. Yet, when the angel appeared to her, she has an extraordinary response of faith. Our call is to know that Jesus brings ordinary people into His family.