One of the most intriguing parts of the Christmas story in Matthew is the genealogy list in chapter 1. There are a lot of hard names, strange people and interesting back stories in that list of names. Three weeks ago I preached on Matthew 1 focusing on Jesus Christ as the fulfillment of the promises of Abraham. Yesterday my family and I were reading together week four of our advent readings and we came to this same text. Reading through the names we focused on the five women and their histories. We saw that these were not the kinds of people you would expect to find in the lineage of the Messiah - almost scandalous.