In 2016 the movie Hidden Figures was released and has grossed over $150 million. It chronicled the key role that a team of African-American women mathematicians served at NASA in the beginning of the US space program. The title is perfect because these women didn’t have the historical recognition that others received.
In our reading this week, as we begin Matthew, we need to be careful not to skip over the list of names in the beginning or we might do the same thing. Generally, in historical records, genealogies would follow the males in a family lineage. But in Matthew 1 we see that 5 women are included. Clearly, God highly values women and the one included have some remarkable stories.
Tamar, a widow that had been neglected and that God protected.
Rahab, a prostitute that risked her life to help God’s people.
Ruth, a foreigner, and widow accepted God, selflessly served her grieving mother in law and became the great-grandmother of King David.
Bathsheba, the wife of Uriah. This is important because including this shows that the Bible doesn’t cover-up sinful messes that were made by the key figures. It also shows how God continues to work when we truly repent.
Mary, the young virgin chosen to be the mother of Jesus.
You can learn a lot in a list of names!