Her name isn't actually in Matthew's genealogy of Jesus, but she is there - 'she who was the wife of Uriah.' Bathsheba was involved in the sin that stained the rule of Israel's greatest king, David, resulting in death. But repentance and grace gave forgiveness, and new life.
Tamar and Rahab, the first two women in Matthew's genealogy of Jesus, both present a moral challenge to Christians. But the third, Ruth, seems a saint by comparison! Her circumstances, however, were far from great. Yet her life exhibits God's love and grace.
Tamar, the first woman listed in the genealogy of Jesus, playing the role of a prostitute one time. Rahab, the second woman listed, ran a brothel! Have we gone from bad to worse? No. God's just showing us what's possible when a life is touched by grace.
This Christmas we're going back, way back, to four Old Testament women in Jesus' family tree. Matthew's genealogy of Jesus records them for us - four unlikely women, who exhibit through their lives God's redemptive purpose in sending Jesus to this world.