There are interesting stories in Jesus’ family tree. This week we hear a bit about Tamar, Rahab, and Bathsheba. The stories of these women are the stuff of scandal, and intrigue, but they become part of Jesus’ family tree.
All worship services this weekend in the air-conditioned fellowship hall.
Saturday at 5:00 p.m.
Sunday at 8:30 a.m. (Traditional) & 10:00 a.m. (Contemporary)
Devotions for this week: Tamar, Rahab & Bathsheba
SHARE: What was a high point of your day? What was a low point?
READ: Read the following daily readings to deepen your understanding
Sunday, Genesis 38:11-26 Tamar’s story
Monday, Joshua 2:1-21 Rahab and the spies
Tuesday, Joshua 6:22-25 Rahab and her family spared
Wednesday, 2 Samuel 11:1-5 David sees Bathsheba
Thursday, 2 Samuel 11:6-25 The death Uriah
Friday, 2 Samuel 12:1-15 Nathan confronts David
Saturday, 2 Samuel 12:19-24 The birth of Solomon
TALK: Consider some of these ideas
3and Judah the father of Perez and Zerah by Tamar, and Perez the father of Hezron, and Hezron the father of Aram, 4and Aram the father of Aminadab, and Aminadab the father of Nahshon, and Nahshon the father of Salmon, 5and Salmon the father of Boaz by Rahab, and Boaz the father of Obed by Ruth, and Obed the father of Jesse, 6and Jesse the father of King David. And David was the father of Solomon by the wife of Uriah, Matthew 1:3-6
Jesus’ family tree has some unexpected names, Tamar, Rahab, and Bathsheba (we’ll meet Ruth later). These women, all outsiders, come into the story in unusual circumstances, but are named as part of God’s plan of salvation in Jesus.
- Have you investigated your own family tree?
- Did you find any unexpected or unusual characters?
- What does the inclusion of these stories tell us about God’s family and who is part of it?
PRAY: Dear Lord, your family is often bigger than our imagination. Help us to see how you call unexpected people into our story. Amen.
BLESS: May God enrich your understanding of family today.