Consider Judah’s words about Tamar: she is more righteous than I, before judging her actions too harshly. (38:26) Tamar had the responsibility of producing the heir. Judah took that away from her unrighteously. He condemned her to a future of poverty and charity within the camp – she who was chosen to bear the heir! How did Joseph treat Mary – she who was chosen to bear the Heir?
* Holy God, thank You for saving us from darkness into light – please teach us today from Your word.
“‘By the man to whom these belong, I am pregnant.'”
This is a sorry story.
Judah was a man who gave his lust the reins, and who would have burned Tamar for getting pregnant immorally (outside of marriage).
What are we to think here?
This is why we need Jesus!
Judah was human. He sinned. He made bad decisions. He was a hypocrite. He yielded to temptation.
Just like us.
We need to see Jesus in this passage, Saviour and King – Able to take even such a one as Judah (or ME) and save, taking away the just penalty for our sin and gifting us with faith, marking us for an eternal inheritance like no other.
One of the twins of the union between Judah and Tamar is Perez, from whom came King David, from who came the GREATER SON, the LION of Judah – Jesus!
Praise God that one day we will all of us, from Adam down through Jacob and his sons, to now – All of God’s people joined together with God among us, us the bride adorned for her Husband, God welling with us in full revealed truth.
Hallelujah, what a Saviour!
* Father God in Heaven,
Thank You for Your word to us today.
Please teach us a little more of You, of our need for You.
Thank You for Jesus.