A Divine Invitation by Christy Fay

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A Divine Invitation
Series: Reclaimed - Uncovering Your Worth
Week 1: Subtext: Five Women in the Lineage of Jesus - Day 2
Christy Fay
Genesis 38:1-6 

Instead, immense in mercy and with an incredible love, he embraced us. He took our sin-dead lives and made us alive in Christ. He did all this on his own, with no help from us! (Ephesians 2:4-5 MSG).

Today, we are going to begin with a question. If you would, answer the following and treat it as a sort of warmup to today's lesson. In fact, this question will prepare us for the remaining days of this week's study. Have you ever received news that shocked or surprised you, something extremely unexpected, or something positive or negative that ultimately altered the course of your future in some way? What happened?

Hold on to that thought as we move through the rest of our material. We will come back to it at the end of Day 4.

We've just taken some time to examine two important men mentioned in the beginning of Matthew's genealogy. But Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, the wife of Uriah, and Mary are the five women listed there. Later, we'll read the details of each of their stories. For now, let's examine what it is that these five women might have in common. Let's turn in our Bibles and read Genesis 38:1-6.

Verse 6 tells us ''And Judah took a wife for Er his firstborn, and her name was Tamar'' (Esv). Judging from verse 2, what nationality was Tamar?

We would assume from the text that Tamar was a Canaanite, but that is really all we could conclude. It does not give us any further detail about her heritage. However, Philo, a Jewish exegete who lived at the time of Matthew fills in some of the gaps: ''Tamar was a woman from Syria Palestine who had been bred up in her own native city, which was devoted to the worship of many gods, being full of statues, and images, and, in short, of idols of every kind and description.''

For those reading Matthew's gospel, Syria Palestine was undoubtedly Gentile. This allows us to conclude that Tamar is a Gentile herself. It is here that we stumble on this word Gentile for the first time. What does it mean to be a Gentile? The dictionary defines this word as not Jewish.

If you are reading this and have never, either by birth or by religious preference, considered yourself a Jew, then you are a Gentile.

Let's take a look at our next female listed, Rahab. Read Joshua 2:1. According to this passage, where was Rahab from?

Jericho was considered one of the strongest fortresses in the land of Canaan and therefore the very first city that was conquered with God's help in the Promised Land. Jericho's location in the land of Canaan allows us to say with certainty, that Rahab was, like Tamar, a Gentile. 

In Ruth 1:1-4 we discover where Ruth was from. Read these verses and record your findings below. 

Moab is the name given to the eldest son of Lot, the nephew of ...

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