Genesis 38:1-2,24-26 And it came about at that time, that Judah departed from his brothers and visited a certain Adullamite, whose name was Hirah. Judah saw there a daughter of a certain Canaanite whose name was Shua; and he took her and went in to her... Now it was about three months later that Judah was informed, “Your daughter-in-law Tamar has played the harlot, and behold, she is also with child by harlotry.” Then Judah said, “Bring her out and let her be burned!” It was while she was being brought out that she sent to her father-in-law, saying, “I am with child by the man to whom these things belong.” And she said, “Please examine and see, whose signet ring and cords and staff are these?” Judah recognized them, and said, “She is more righteous than I, inasmuch as I did not give her to my son Shelah.” And he did not have relations with her again.
Forgive me for feeling so outraged but why does the Bible record such depressing details of key figures who were supposed to carry God's blessing?
This chapter - I encourage you to read it before you continue - shows the brokenness of Judah and his family. The reason I'm so upset is that Judah is Jesus' ancestor!
This is a record of Judah's disobedience by marrying a Canaanite woman which was forbidden by God, choosing another for his oldest son Er and their brokenness cost him the lives of his first 2 sons, makes him the father of two more sons born through an incestuous relationship with his daughter-in-law and a life of pure shame.
Is there any point to this story and what is God speaking to us through it?
I've always been told how identical my son looks to me. What shocks me more is how similar his likes and dislikes are and that has led me to believe that we are a representation of our families in nature and character.
When we consider Jesus and His life, we see nothing of His ancestry in Him. His life, His choices, His purpose are all evidence that He was certainly not of His family and certainly not of this world.
When we read Jesus' counter to the Jews in John 8:31-59, it is evident that the Jews held onto the hope of being Abraham's descendants and therefore the natural heirs to God's kingdom.
However, Jesus reminds them that even though they are physical heirs of Abraham, because of their sin, they have been alienated from God and need cleansing, not a cleansing by animal sacrifice but a permanent cleansing to become heirs of the God's kingdom.
He also reveals to them that He is not one of them but of God who sent Him to live among us and lead us by the example of His life, save us by His shed blood and give us the only and most assured hope of eternity in God's kingdom to come.
Are you holding on to the belief that your life is secured by your own goodness or do you need the saving grace of a Holy and Righteous Savior to free you from the brokenness of your sins? Open your heart to Jesus Christ, invite Him in and live a life transformed by His love for you.
In His Loving Service,
John 8:31-32 So Jesus was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, “If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.”
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