Thursday, July 20, 2023

July 20, 2023

Several years ago, I had my very artsy daughter copy a painting from the Christian artist Trisha Robinson. I fell in love with her work because she honors Jesus through her talent and because it’s very colorful and fun. If she had a larger version of her original painting available for purchase, I would have bought it. She is the type of artist that teaches others to paint, so I don’t think she would mind if we copied her work. I loved this particular painting because it represents the women mentioned in Jesus’s lineage. Jesus’s grandmothers were not very righteous, and each had issues. Our Savior and King had Tamar as a grandmother, who posed as a prostitute to get Judah, her father-in-law’s attention so she could conceive a son; both of his sons, who were her husbands died and his youngest son, who was promised to her, was not given to her. Another interesting note is that she was a Canaanite. I find it comforting that He chose to include sinners like us in his lineage, which proves that anyone can be redeemed. I will cover the story of each of these women as we venture through the stories in Genesis. 

To quell your curiosity, the women in the painting are Trisha’s interpretation of Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, and Bathsheba. 

Your story may start rough, but God has a plan to redeem it for his glory, like with these women. Hang in there; the ride might be rough, but eventually, it will smooth out, and you will be a better person because of it! We are children of the Most High God, which makes us royalty!

And Judah acknowledged them, and said, She hath been more righteous than I; because that I gave her not to Shelah my son. And he knew her again no more. Genesis 38:26

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