“An account of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the Son of David, the Son of Abraham:” – Matthew 1:1
Jesus’ genealogy, the legacy he bears, is scandalous. God promised to always have an heir of David on the throne (Jeremiah 33:17), but David’s successors are shameful women.
Tamar pretended to be a prostitute so that her father-in-law would impregnate her (Genesis 38, Matthew 1:3).
Rahab was a prostitute who hid the spies and was then welcomed into Israel’s family. She was also a Gentile (Joshua 2, Matthew 1:5).
Ruth was a Gentile and from a pagan people who had no hope (Book of Ruth, Matthew 1:5).
Bathsheba was summoned to David’s bed and bore David’s son Solomon (2 Samuel 11, Matthew 1:16).
Mary was pregnant before marriage (Matthew 1:16).
The genealogy is a declaration that Jesus has fulfilled the promise God gave in Jeremiah 33:17 – that the throne would always have an heir of David. But it is also a declaration that God is not afraid of the shameful.
God uses these disgraceful, unworthy, and marginalized women, and announces their place in His story. Women have a place in the story of salvation. Matthew 1 declares this to be true. The Son of David did not come from a clean bloodline. He came from a God-designed bloodline. And this to bring glory to Himself.