Summary: Forgiveness, redemption, providence

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Matt 1:6 (p 681) December 16, 2012


I was watching this documentary about Lincoln’s assassination the other day and they interviewed some of the elderly members of John Wilkes Booth’s family…

One of them was his 97 year old great niece…and she talked about the part that when she was young there was an unspoken law that your did not mention his name or bring up that subject in conversation…Everyone knew…everyone felt a sense of pain and shame…But “God help you if you mentioned it!!!.

Matthew has already mentioned the name Tamar, who dressed as a prostitute so she could fool her father-in-law Judah into having sex…she got pregnant through this incestuous relationship...she would give birth to Perez…He’s listed in the Messianic line…

Matthew has no problem writing the name Rahab, whose occupation was a prostitute….she applied her trade in Jericho until by faith she rescued some Israel spies…

Matthew writes the name Ruth with no problem….a descendent of lot…(though his daughters bring a drunken deception)…she an unbeliever and a gentile…but…when he comes to verse 6 he writes…”and Jesse the father of King David….David was the father of Solomon, whose mother had been Uriah’s wife.”

“Whose mother had been Uriah’s wife?”

Did Matthew the genealogists of the messianic line through Mary forget her name? Has Bathsheba just slipped his mind?

Hardly…”One commentator writes…Her sin was so terrible that Matthew blushed at the thought of even mentioning her name…

Bathsheba is the woman David committed adultery with…she became pregnant by David…so David had her husband killed. She then married the man who killed her husband Uriah.

I don’t know….my first thought is…we’re not talking about equals here…at least in David’s time...He’s the King…she’s a woman…King’s usually gets what they want…and if you don’t comply…”it’s off with your head!!! Or at least…serious consequences.

You remember the book of Esther? The King is named Xerxes, he wants to show off his Queen’s beauty...she tells him “No”…the results according to Esther 1:19 “She can never again enter the King’s presence…her throne will be given to another…eventually Esther.” But could Bathsheba have said “No?” Yes…even if it were life and death she could have said “NO”.

And LuAnn my office manager, who is a woman said, “Was her roof the only place she had to bath…didn’t she know the palace allowed you to see her?” UHHHH…I would think…”yes”

Why does Matthew not write her name? Shame …protection for Bathsheba? Other reasons? I don’t know…but she is included in the messianic line…let’s look at the story.

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