3 And Judas begat Phares and Zara of Thamar, and O’Hare’s begat Esrom, and Esrom begat Aram, 4 And Aram begat Aminadad, and Aminadad begat Naasson, and Naasson begat Salomn, 5 And Salomn begat Booz of Rachab, and Booz begat Obed of Ruth, and Obed begat Jesse, 6 And Jesse begat David the King, and David the king begat Solomon of her that been the wife of Urias.
There was this sister who lived a reckless life when she was in school and was not better than commercial sex workers.
She had committed so many abortions that her womb was damaged beyond repair and had to be removed.
Eventually she gave her life to Christ and gave her all to serving her God, knowing that marriage or children was out of the question.
When a brother approached her that God told him that she was his wife, her reaction expectedly was to ridicule the brother. She confessed that she no longer had a womb, but the insisted. They eventually got married and to their surprise, she had not one, but four pregnancies. The Creator had given her another womb from his spare parts store!
What this story is telling a reader of this message who has given up hope of a new beginning because of the errors of yesterday is that God is merciful. Even if your yesterday is not clean, but today you have given your life to Christ, He will forgive your yesterday and give you a wonderful beginning.
Have you ever reflected on the woman listed in the genealogy of the Lord Jesus as recounted by st. Matthew’s gospel? Four out of the only five women listed had bad foundations; Rahab was a prostitute in Jericho until she bowed to Jehovah and helped the spies sent by Joshua to capture the city. She eventually married one of the spies she helped, Salman. Ruth was a Moabite, a product of incest, and God had banned Moabites from His congregation. She got married to Boaz and became David’s grandmother. Tamar was the woman who had a child for her own father-in-law, Judah. Bathsheba was the wife of Uriah, who was murdered by David after he had committed adultery with Bathsheba.
They didn’t go without God punishment yet they gave birth to Solomon, the wisest King in Israel.
Beloved, the scripture says that if any man be in Christ, he is a new creation, the old things have passed away, and all things are new.
Jesus allowed them to crucify Him with His arms wide open just to show that there are no limits to His love for you and He is ready to embrace as many that come to Him.
Surrender all to Him.
Look up, never look back and God will give you a new beginning in Jesus name..
Pastor John Emmanuel, A degree student of Centre for Biblical Survey & Theological Seminary, a school affiliated with Patriot Bible University, USA Nigeria Extension. A person of great desire to know more of God’s words.