But Mary is a contrast to the rugged and violent women of that age just as she is a contrast to the other women mentioned in Matthew's genealogy, Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, and Bathsheba. On the one hand it warns us against becoming too prudish and effete, as if we do not all belong to families and nations of flesh and blood. On the other hand the contrast between Jael and Judith, and Mary, reminds us of the journey we need to take from the Old Testament content of the stories, titles and expectations echoed in the infancy narratives, to the kind of Messiah Jesus actually turned out to be. We can put it like this: if law was given through Moses, and power and might are seen in David, Samson, Judith and Gideon, grace and truth have come through Jesus Christ - a new kind of law, a new kind of power, a new way of being and living. We glimpse it in these last days of Advent, as we wait to see His face and to hear His voice.