Thursday, July 05, 2012



In Genesis 19:30-38 the daughters of Abraham’s nephew, Lot, got him drunk and had children by him who became the tribes of Moab and Ammon.

In Deuteronomy 23:3 Ammonites and Moabites were forbidden to join with Israelites for ten generations.

Deut 23:3 An Ammonite or Moabite shall not enter into the congregation of the LORD; even to their tenth generation shall they not enter into the congregation of the LORD for ever.

In the book of Ruth a man of Judah, Elimelech, allowed his two sons to marry Moabite women (Ruth 1). After Elimelech and his two sons had died in Moab, Naomi, Elimelech’s wife, brought the Moabite woman, Ruth, back to Judah where she re-married Boaz. Ruth became the mother of Obed, the father of Jesse, the father of David and a descendant of Jesus Christ (Ruth 4:17).

Why was this allowed? The genealogy of Jesus in Matthew lists exactly ten (10) generations before Boaz from Abraham: Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Judah, Pharez, Ezrom, Aram, Abinadab, Nasson, Salmon (who married the harlot Rahab of Jericho) and Boaz.

It is hard to believe that Bible writers deliberately manipulated these names in order to justify allowing a Moabite back into the fellowship of Israel – much less into the genealogy of King David.

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