"...Judah the father of Perez and Zerah, whose mother was Tamar..." Matthew 1:3
"...Salmon the father of Boaz, whose mother was Rahab..." Matthew 1:5a
"...Boaz the father of Obed, whose mother was Ruth..." Matthew 1:5b
"...David was the father of Solomon, whose mother had been Uriah's wife..." Matthew 1:6
Think genealogies are boring? Guess again. All kinds of gems in this one...
"Interestingly enough, Jesus reserved His strongest words not for the unwed mother, the woman in prostitution, the one who committed adultery, the one who is divorced, and all those who wear obvious and great scarlet letters of moral failure. And interestingly enough, Satan did not fall from heaven for any of those reasons; the fallen angel descended from the heights of heaven because of pride. Jesus saved His strongest words for the self-righteous, for it was the heart of an individual that earned His concern. The truth is that we are all flawed and in need of redemption, or the grandest rescue. And the miracle is that He brings beauty not in spite of but through our flaws."