By Steven L. McKenzie
During this much-needed reminder for these suffering to stay devoted lives at the present time, Steven McKenzie insists that the Bible's actual message leads Christians clear of the evils of racism and narrowness of bigotry to God's imaginative and prescient of humanity and solidarity.
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So Matthew is also making the point through his genealogy that Jesus is the anticipated Messiah or Christ. Rahab and Ruth show that the only options available to single women were prostitution and poverty. But herein lies Matthew's theological lesson: the sinless one came among sinful humanity as one of them in order to redeem them before God. Ruth's story remains, and she may be the best example of these qualities. But then they, like their father, also die prematurely, so that Naomi is left alone with her daughtersinlaw, Ruth and Orpah.
There is therefore only one thing left that we can do; save our money and leave a town which will neither protect our lives and property, nor give us a fair trial in the courts, but takes us out and murders us in cold blood when accused by white persons. Like Rahab, she was courageous and insightful, and like one of Moses' wives, she was of African descent. We suggested that this tradition was part of a concern for religious "purity" from a relatively late date in Israel's history, and that the wholesale annihilation depicted in these texts never actually occurred.
While the story does not address either question directly, its plot does suggest related answers to both. They are also not likely Mesopotamians, since the story deals with Judah and its nearby neighbors. In either case, her becoming pale white with disease was a particularly appropriate counter to her objection to Moses' black wife. But even in Joshua's telling of the story, the truth emerges that the Page 35 complete destruction of the Canaanites was impossible, impractical, and in the end, undesirable.
All God's Children by Steven L. McKenzie