Here at the beginning of Genesis and Matthew we read about the beginning of man and the beginning of the Messiah. Though Christ is there even in the beginning before Adam breathes his first breath. Christ is there and Adam is made in His image...the image of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
What theologically complicated passages.
I was particularly struck with the mention of women in these passages. In Genesis we learn about the creation of woman, Eve, the mother of all the living. In Matthew we learn of the women in Christ's genealogy. There are many genealogies throughout Scripture, but it is only Matthew's that includes the mention of women. Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, Bathsheba, and Mary.
I'm always struck by the mention of women in Scripture since I am female. Jesus has so many empowering things to say to women and I'm encouraged to see that in the very beginning, the very beginning of the Old Testament and the New Testament women are part of the story. Women are intricate to the story. Women are a big deal to the story.
Eve is the solution to the problem God sees "it is not good for man to be alone." Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, Bathsheba, and Mary are the mothers of the Messiah even in their humble circumstances.
These are passages where the intimacy of humanity with God is so clearly illustrated: He breathed life into man, Christ was born in human form, "God with us." This is a level of intimacy that should intrigue us and floor us. And as a woman, I am encouraged to be specifically invited to the story.
Eve, Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, Bathsheba, and Mary mother us by showing us what it is to see that God has redeemed them too, they show us what it is to be a daughter of God.