by Stephen Whitney

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Series: Advent
Stephen Whitney
Matthew 1:3-6

Everyone has a past life before they trusted Christ as your Savior. For some it is a past they would just like to forget because it is painful to remember what they did or were like before Christ changed their life and set them free from their sins.

No matter what your past or what sin you have committed Christ will forgive you if you believe he died on the cross for their sins.

Romans 11:32 God has bound all men over to disobedience so that he might have mercy on all.

Every person is just as guilty of committing sin as everyone else. In the eyes of God every sin is a breaking of his law and therefore we are guilty, not to one degree or another, but guilty before God. It is because of God’s mercy that anyone is saved from their sins.

Genealogy is the study of the history of a family. They have become are one of the most popular topics on the internet because anyone can go and get information about their family line. If you search your family line you might be surprised about some of your ancestors and the lives they lived - some good and others bad.

The Jews loved genealogies because they were able to trace their family line back to Abraham who was called by God to be the father of their nation. In Jewish genealogies it was the custom to only use the names of men, but Matthew named four women in his genealogy (Tamar, Rahab, Ruth and Bathsheba) which shows that he was conveying more than just a common genealogy.

If his purpose was to include women he could have used such prominent women as: Sarah, Rebecca or Rachel. The question is why did he choose to use Tamar, Rahab, Ruth and Bathsheba?

Reasons why these four women were included:
1. The first three were Gentiles which shows that the blessings which the Messiah would bring will extend beyond Israel.
2. Since Jesus is the one who ‘‘will save his people from their sins’’ (1:21) the women imply he wi ...

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