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Matthew 1:21

Matthew 1:21


I. Jesus’ genealogy has four women: Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, and Bathsheba (and, of course, Mary)

1. Tamar saved Judah by giving him descendants
2. Rahab saved the spies before the conquest
3. Ruth saved the tribe of Judah by giving birth to Obed
4. Bathsheba Uriah’s wife became the mother of Monarchy by riding on Uriah’s righteous behavior

5. The tribe of Judah was preserved by these women

(a) Used dubious means to accomplish their objectives
(b) Risked their lives to ensure future links (blemishes in one’s past need not be stumbling blocks to serve God’s purposes)

II. Why did God choose them to be Jesus’ grandmothers? Some Observations!

1. Their appearance in the genealogy is intentional (the narrator conveys a link between them and Mary)
2. They point to the mysterious workings of God in salvation history
3. Mary takes the most important place in the list of unusual women in history
4. Just like those four women, Mary risked her life for the arrival of the Savior
5. Unlike the four women, the irregularity in Mary’s case was caused by God

III. Jesus’ conception in Mary’s womb is the pivotal moment in the salvation history (1:21)

1. The Baby in Mary’s womb is introduced as Yeshuva meaning “Jehovah saves”
2. (The women in the genealogy saved the tribe of Judah by providing links for future)
3. Jesus came to this world with a mission: “He shall save His people from their sins”

4. The word “save” has the following nuance:

(a) To bring out a person or a thing to safety
(b) To preserve a person from eternal death
(c) To grant a person with everlasting life
(d) What is the assumption behind the action “save”?

5. The phrase “His people” could have two possible referents:

(a) The people of Judah
(b) Those people, both Jews and non-Jews,” who God gives to Jesus

6. Jesus will save “His people” from “their sins”

(a) The power that deceives humanity and leads it to destruction
(b) Departure from divine standard
(c) The cause for man’s separation from God

7. How will Jesus “save” His people from their sins

(a) Matthew 20:28: ransom
(b) Matthew 26:28: forgiveness
(c) Hebrews 8:1-2: intercession

IV. Take Away

1. Receive God’s offer through the mission of Jesus
2. Do not try to escape an uncomfortable/unpleasant predicament in your life because they may be God moments in your life

Speaker: William J. Subash

Born and raised in south India, William J. Subash became a follower of Jesus Christ in 1983 at the age of nineteen. After a brief career in a tea and coffee plantation, Subash decided to spend rest of his life to preach about Jesus and his life-transforming message of God, which is popularly known as “the Gospel.” Subash teaches New Testament Studies at two institutions: SAIACS in India and Liberty University Online, VA, USA. Currently, Subash serves as the chief point person for GROW Gospel Initiatives and the Lead Pastor of the Crossroad Church, Bangalore. Write to him at