Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Christmas Love Story

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This an Adult Bible Study Lesson.

As a child, I heard Bible Stories at Sunday School and Vacation Bible School.  The story of the Wall of Jericho came tumbling down. Boaz loved Ruth and they lived happily ever after.  Mary had Jesus.

I noticed 2 women in the genealogy of Jesus.  I often wondered why these 2 and why not the others.  After all, it takes two to give birth to a child.  It did not mean that much to me to hear this man begot this man, etc, until this year.   As I was listening, I discovered the Christmas Story in a different way.

Book of Matthew Chapter 1 - Genealogy of Jesus.
Verse 5:     Salmon begot Boaz by Rahab, Boaz begot Obed by Ruth, Obed begot Jesse, 
Verse 6:     and Jesse begot David the king.
Verse 16: And Jacob begot Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus who is called Christ.

In other words, Salmon and Rahab's son was Boaz, Boaz and Ruth's son was Obed, ... Jacob's son was Joseph.  Joseph and Mary were engaged when Mary was having Jesus by the Holy Spirit.  Joseph married Mary and accepted Jesus as his son.

I had heard these verses so many times before, but why were Rahab and Ruth important because they were not Israelites.  I had often wondered why Boaz accepted and loved Ruth.  The answer was Boaz's father and mother.  His mother was Rahab for Jericho - the Canaanite harlot who told a lie to her people to save the Israelite spies.  Salmon redeemed, loved, and married Rehab.  They had Boaz.  Rahab loved her son so much that Boaz understood how to love Ruth - a Moab widow.

Joseph had heard the stories of the redemptive love between Salmon and Rahab and how Boaz redeemed Ruth.  When the angel asked Joseph to Redeem and Love marry Mary, Joseph understood what was asked of him to do. 

The redemptive loved Salmon gave to Rahab and the redemptive love Boaz gave to Ruth and the redemptive love Joseph gave to Mary is extraordinary.  The redeeming accepting love Joseph gave to Mary and Jesus.  Jesus gives this same redemptive love freely to everyone. 

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NKJV Scripture was from https://www.biblegateway.com/  
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