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The call and mission of the patriarchs reflect God’s original intention for humankind: to experience God’s blessing and be a conduit of that blessing to the world. God handpicked Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob to play a foundational role in reversing the curse and bringing about the new Eden.
Moses is the greatest prophet of the Hebrew Bible, a central figure in Judaism, and was used by God not only to free the Israelites from slavery to Egypt—the greatest superpower of its day—but also to give the Ten Commandments and the Torah to the Hebrew people.
In the genealogy of Jesus in Matthew’s Gospel, we find the names of four women: Tamar, Rahab, Bathsheba, and Ruth. All of these women are Gentiles. The story Ruth and Boaz reveals that we cannot be perfected in unity unless—like Ruth and Boaz—we are one relationally.