I haven't been reading the Bible much lately...I've been through a hard time spiritually. I felt like reading the Word the other day and, not knowing what to read, opened the New Testament at the very beginning. Matthew starts with the genealogy of Christ so naturally I thought I was in for a lifeless/boring read. Thankfully the Lord knows all things and I was touched; my heart was softened a little bit more.
The verse that touched me was Matthew 1:5 "And Salmon begot Boaz of Rahab, and Boaz begot Obed of Ruth, and Obed begot Jesse,". What touched me was this (from the footnote in my Bible): Rahab was a prostitute who turned to God! I never knew that the Lord had allowed such people to be in His genealogy! It didn't matter that she had been a sinful woman; it mattered that she had turned to God! Thank you Lord for your loving forgiveness!