CATECHESIS NOTES FOR THE WEEK—A Brother of Real Sinners—“A record of the genealogy of Jesus Christ the Son of David, the Son of Abraham” (Matthew 1:1). “The first thing to be noted in the lineage of Christ is the fact that the evangelist lists in it four women who are very notorious in Scripture: Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, and Bathsheba. But nothing is said about the women of good repute: Sarah, Rebecca, Leah, and Rachel. Now [some early church writers] have been concerned about the reason why this was done. I hold that the first group was mentioned because these women were sinners and that Christ also wanted to be born into that large family in which prostitutes and fornicators are found in order to indicate what a love He bore [for] sinners. For the holier real holiness is, the closer it draws near to sinners.” – Martin Luther
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