The Women of Christmas…You Might be Surprised

“Surely the arm of the Lord is not too short to save, nor his ear too dull to hear” (Isaiah 59:1 NIV).

When the writers of the Old Testament penned the words to the long lists of lineages, the so-and-so begat so-and-so’s, they always listed the males.  Nary a time do you find a woman’s name in the list.  But when we turn the page from the Old Testament to the New Testament, we see God honoring women in a brand new way. Even in the lineage of Jesus recorded in Matthew chapter one, we see four women in addition to Mary in the list!  For that time in history, that was quite radical!

Now, if you were going to be part of this liberating radical movement to recognize women in the Holy Scriptures, whom would you pick?  Oh, I’d probably include Mrs. Noah.  She had to be a very patient, submissive wife to be able to put up with all those animals and Noah’s wild ideas.

Or perhaps I’d pick Mrs. Moses. Zipporah must have been a very godly woman to allow her husband to travel about in the dessert for all those years.  And besides, any woman who has a husband in leadership knows the sacrifices she must have made.

Or perhaps I’d pick Sarah.  After all, she did bear a child when she was ninety.

But no.  Those are not the women that God chose to be listed in the lineage of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  He chose Rahab – a redeemed woman who had been a prostitute before she joined the children of God. He chose Tamar – who had an incestuous relationship with her father-in-law.  He chose Bathsheba – who had an affair with King David and bore a son. And He chose Ruth – a woman from a cursed nation.

Oh friend, do you see it?  I am so glad that these are the women that God chose.  Through these women we see there is no place so far from God that He cannot save us, redeem us, and ultimately use us for His glory.  His arm is not too short to save us from the deepest pit imaginable. That was true for those four women, and it is true for you and me.  That, dear one, is the story of Christmas.

Let’s Pray

Dear Heavenly Redeemer, I am so thankful that you choose the weak things of the world to shame the wise.  I am one of those “weak things” and I am constantly amazed that You chose me and use me for Your glory.  Praise You, Lord.
In Jesus’ Name,
Amen.

What do You Think? 

Over the next few days, go back and read the stories of the women listed in Jesus’ genealogy and see what you can learn about their lives.

Rahab: Joshua 2
Tamar: Genesis 38:1-30
Bathsheba: 2 Samuel 11

After reading about them, answer these questions. What did God take them from?  What did God take them to?

What does this tell you about the people that God can use? Leave a comment and tell my your answer. Let’s get real and honest.

Want More?

This is not your typical fluffy Christmas message – but it is why Jesus came.  To save the lost, heal the sick, and use the redeemed.  If you would like to learn more about God’s transforming power, see Sharon’s book, Your Scars are Beautiful to God: Finding Peace and Purpose in the Pain of your Past.  And for more ways to keep Jesus the focus of the holiday season, see Sharon’s book, Celebrating a Christ Centered Christmas, Ideas from A-Z.

 

11 Responses to The Women of Christmas…You Might be Surprised

  1. Meg Hays December 4, 2012 at 2:05 pm #

    Oh, Sharon!! This post was fantastic! Thanks so much for your insight!!

  2. Dawn Hurney December 4, 2012 at 2:36 pm #

    I am so greaful that God has chosen the women in the bible that are recorded. After caring hate and anger in my heart for 50 yrs.always felling unworthy of anything. I am still amazed everyday that God has called me to follow Christ. It is thru women in the bible that he shows me just how long his reach is. I so look forword to my GIG Devotional everyday. Thanks you so much for caring

  3. AJ December 4, 2012 at 2:53 pm #

    Thanks i’m really blessed reading the posting,as eariler mentioned,God brought the women up out of the horrible of pit of (shame,rejection,indecent act) to a place of honor and recognition that we could read about them and be blessed

  4. Diane December 4, 2012 at 6:12 pm #

    How encouraging to read about these women with fresh eyes. As sinful as I am, I am saved by God’s grace and pray to be His instrument.

  5. Jehrica December 5, 2012 at 1:00 am #

    God tells us that HE is willing, able and ready to use us no matter what if we would just come to HIM honestly and surrender!!! Thank you JESUS!
    Rahab the prostitute: Joshua 2:11 “11 When we heard of it, our hearts melted in fear and everyone’s courage failed because of you, for the Lord your God is God in heaven above and on the earth below.”

  6. Chiemela December 5, 2012 at 2:16 am #

    Rehab is a prostitute, probably a shame to her family and an outsider to her neighbors. But God used her as a hero as she saved Joshua’s men. The faith she had was God given and influenced her actions and bravery. God allowed her to regain her honor from her family as she is the one to save them from death through the agreement made. Bathesba was an adulterous that became pregnant, ultimately costing her husband’s life. I am sure guilt and remorse was killing her, as she could not even reach him in time to confess her betrayal. Nonetheless, God blessed her to become a queen and bear King David’s child. She was not worthy of a blessing but deserved punishment, reminding us of the undeserving gift of forgiveness we gain from our dear Lord Jesus Christ. However, Tamar’s circumstance confuses me. She was wise in her trade agreement with Judah after sleeping with him, which spared her life and reputation. Ultimately, gaining twin sons. But I don’t understand why God choose to put Judah’s sons to death but not her for wicked actions?

    Thanks for you messages Girlfriend, it helps me.

    Chiemela

  7. Rhonda December 5, 2012 at 3:51 am #

    I really enjoyed this post; what a stretch to connect them with Christmas. The women of Christmas are unlikely candidates to be examples, yet they were chosen to be highlighted in Jesus’ lineage. Thanks for pointing this out; I have never thought of these women in this way before. God took Bathsheba from poverty to the King’s house, and Tamar from a baron womb, lonely life, and threat of death into a joy of being pregnant with twins. He took Rahab from being a prostitute, most likely despised by the people of her city and looked down upon by her family, to being the only life worth sparing in a city He destroyed at the hands of the Israelites. Rahab and her family were spared by her last action of faith, and she was not punished for her previous sins. Oh sisters, our God’s mercy is great. He sent us Jesus to cover our sins. When he looks at us He sees Jesus. Praise God that like Rahab, Bathsheba and Tamar, he doesn’t see a baron widow, a prostitute, or a woman flirting with sin, He sees Jesus. Merry Christmas!

  8. Nancy Beneteau December 5, 2012 at 5:38 pm #

    God looks for the diamonds in the rough. Unfortunately most of is don’t pay enough attention and miss the search plane. This year I”ve been on a journey to discovering why things are happening in my life the way they are. The latest example was my diagnosis if Type 2.diabetes. My original response was” Ya right, Are you kidding me? What else can I have?” Then it was ” Why can’t my husband have it. He’s the one who doesn’t take care of himself” but through prayers answered and many uplifting words from friends and messages in scripture I am comforted to know that there is a reason for this and I will just trust The Lord. I will get through this if I lean on him. It could be the answer to prayer for my family and marriage. If could be my prayer for me , The “GLUE” of the family to keep from becoming unsticky if you know what I mean. I see all the women of the bible as common women like me and see that they trusted in The Lord. It’s difficult for me but I’ve learned so much this past year. I see the reasons why my life happened the way it did and who was there to pick me up every time I feel and who is still here today. God and God alone.
    I’ve stopped complaining about the diabetes and praised God for the health I do have and the ability to afford the medications and treatments to beat this. What a difference that has made. I’m actually excited to moved forward. I don’t fear what’s ahead cause I”m living in this moment and only want what I need today. God will take care of tomorrow.
    Praise God for his greatness!

  9. Antoinette December 6, 2012 at 10:52 am #

    THE Dec. 6th post is not up yet, but it caused me to think a lot about my frame of mind, and the ponderings of my heart, lately.

    I do have many things to be grateful for. Here are just the three you asked for.

    #1. That I believe in GOD and am in relationship with him.

    #2. That I know who I am in him, and his Kingdom.

    #3. For the constant progress of my marriage to my wife; preparing us for our ministry.

  10. Lillie December 11, 2012 at 3:14 pm #

    I think about God’s Grace and I am so thankful. It makes me feel that He is in control no matter what we hear and see in the media, His love for me will last and stand.

  11. Lillie Moss December 13, 2012 at 12:46 pm #

    Apart from me you can do nothing. I guess he mean NOTHING is to trust him with all his heart and so to me.I couldn’t apart God but I do believe him. He my savior and my Lord of ALL..Good message! Does it make sense to you?

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