David’s grandmothers

Matthew Bible Background

01.01.2018 – New Testament: Matt 1.4–6

To read the Bible in a year, read Matthew 1 on January 1, In the year of our Lord 2018

By Don Ruhl

In Matthew 1.4 we pick up the genealogy of Jesus the Christ at Ram, the great grandson of Judah,

Ram begot Amminadab, Amminadab begot Nahshon, and Nahshon begot Salmon. Salmon begot Boaz by Rahab, Boaz begot Obed by Ruth, Obed begot Jesse, and Jesse begot David the king. David the king begot Solomon by her who had been the wife of Uriah (Matthew 1.4–6).

Ruth was the great-grandmother of David, and Rahab was his great-great-grandmother. These godly women turned to the one true and living God, turning their backs on their former homes, nations, and customs. By doing so, they brought someone wonderful into the world (David), and one who would typify the Christ and continue the line that would lead to the Christ.


  • Do grandmothers truly understand just how much they affect the world?
  • If you had a good grandmother, what made her so?

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