This is the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah the son of David, the son of Abraham …. Salmon the father of Boaz, whose mother was Rahab. (Matthew 1: 1,5).
My mum’s done some work on our family tree. She probably hoped for the odd vein of royalty, but all she uncovered were a few skeletons. Records don’t do denial the same as relatives. So, I’m not surprised Matthew starts with the highlights … ‘David’, ‘Abraham’, oh and remember he is ‘Messiah’.
So why go and spoil it? Why even mention Rahab? Just stick with the father’s line. Forget one my great aunts was a lying prostitute. Imagine the pre-Christmas drinks party:
“Can I introduce you, this is my auntie pride, insolence & 'savagery”!
“And what do you do for a living”? !?!
Thank you Matthew: the extortionist-turned-pastor has just reminded me my family is one of grace and mercy.