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The Women in Christmas

Let’s start with the bigger picture...something we usually skim over in the Bible. Luke and Matthew both bring us the genealogy of Jesus. There is much debate about why they differ, the literal blood line versus the adoptive lineage, who was left out and why, but I’m not getting into that today. Today I want to focus on Matthew’s account. While the genealogy in both gospels is patrilineal, Matthew brings a twist. He intentionally names five women, Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, Bathsheba and Mary.

The Wildfire of Betrayal

Betrayal spreads like a wildfire. It starts with one incident with one person, and then it grows out of control. It consumes you to the point that it begins to affect others who were not even involved in the original incident. We tend to tell our stories to anyone who will listen and want everyone to know who betrayed us and how. If the betrayal isn’t forgiven and dealt with properly and biblically (Matthew 18), it will impact those who are in your life now, but can also become a generational problem.

Betrayal Is Satan's Playground

Betrayal is how Satan loves to do his work. As Christians, our foundation is built on LOVE (Matthew 22:37-40, 1 John 4:16 ), TRUST (Proverbs 3:5-6, 2 Corinthians 5:7 ) and FORGIVENESS (Acts 2:38, Ephesians 4:31-32, Matthew 6:14-15), and betrayal is the opposite of our foundation. That is why Satan is so successful in using betrayal to chip away at our foundation.