God Qualifies The Disqualified
Romans 8:30: “Moreover whom He did predestinate, them He also Called; and whom He called, them He also Justified and whom He Justified, Them He also Glorified.”
It is amazing how our Heavenly Father, Who is called the Father of Mercies (2 Cor. 1:3) bestows His benevolence and providence on disqualified and disenfranchised humanity. God who justifies the ungodly by faith (Romans 4:5) always shows His mercies to the undeserving and disqualified. God deliberately picks those that society had written off to be the recipients of His loving kindness and tender mercies. Theologically, four women were mentioned in the lineage and genealogy of Jesus Christ – the Messiah and the Anointed One (Matthew 1: 1-16).
Surprisingly, they were not Sarah, Rebekah, Leah or Rachael, – the godly wives of the great Patriarchs of the Old Testament. In stead, God chose Tamar, Rahab, Ruth and Bathsheba – women who under the Jewish law were disqualified as some exhibited questionable moral attributes.
Tamar engaged in deception and prostitution to produce children through her father-in-law, Jacob. Yet, it was from her line – the tribe of Judah (Genesis 38) – that the Messiah came
Rahab was a Gentile and a professional prostitute in Jericho, who became a very strong believer in the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob (Joshua 2: 1-21). She eventually became the mother of Boaz – who married Ruth and gave birth to Obed – the grand father of David.
Ruth was morally upright, but under the Jewish law, as a Moabite, she was naturally a Gentile and was not qualified to be a progenitor of the Messiah. But God’s Grace accepted her faith and she became grandmother of King David. (Ruth 4: 13-17).
Bathsheba committed adultery with David (2 Samuel 11:4), yet God in His infinite mercy qualified her womb to produce the next heir apparent to the throne of David. God chose Solomon out of the many sons of David to be the successor to David. What can we say in all of these? It is that God’s grace and mercies are greater than our sins. Our past failure or negative pedigree cannot match God’s benevolent grace and selection. Human rejection may lead to divine selection and choice. Human disqualification may lead to divine qualification and glorification.
The simple definition of Grace and Mercy shows that the recipient must be un-deserving to receive. So today, if your past is nothing to write home about or that there are certain issues in your life that are absurd and imperfect – you qualify to receive God’s Grace and Mercy through Jesus Christ.
In Hebrew 4:16, you have been invited to come to the “THRONE OF GRACE” to receive mercy and grace. The Scripture declares that “he who trusts in the Lord, mercy will encompass him about, Psalm 32:10.
Prayer: Father God, I turn to You for mercy. My righteousness is a filthy rag, but I take the righteousness of Jesus – the perfect Lamb of God. I trust in the Lord and God’s mercies encompass me.