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Thursday, January 14, 2010

Deceit, Disaster and Disillusionment

Genesis 37:1 thru 38:30, 1 Chronicles 2:3-6, 8 & Genesis 39:1-23

Today was so much easier, wasn’t it?

Where I wondered what to write yesterday, today I wondered what not to write. There are so many great lessons to learn from these couple of chapters.

I love to study the life of Joseph. He is a picture of Christ, our redeemer. Like I said, I am struggling with what not to write because we could stay on these verses of scripture, digging out truths until the cows come home, or sheep in Joseph’s case.

I may come back to Joseph a little later. But one of his brother’s is where I want to focus today.

Did you notice how quickly Judah ran away?  We seem to have a lot of runners in this family don't we?

I am sure watching the pain of his father day after day only reminded him of all they had done to Joseph. Jealousy is so deadly in more ways than one.

So Judah leaves home, marries and has three boys and what did it say about them?

The first one, Er was wicked and because of that dies.

The second, Onan was selfish, and dies. He was not about to have a child with Tamar so Er’s name could live on. Not to mention with Er gone, Onan would get his portion of the inheritance too.

Judah left home hoping to find peace, hoping to leave his past and heartache behind. But sadly, his life was only more wrenched with pain.

With only one son left he sends Tamar back to her father’s with no intention of giving his third son to her. That was the worst thing that could have ever happened to a woman. Her value and future was wrapped up in her ability to marry and give birth to sons.

So we see her with no future and no hope. She devises a plan to get Judah to sleep with her. He does. She’s pregnant. He finds out. And what a great convenience it was for Judah. Now Tamar has committed a crime. She will be stoned. He will be free from his obligation to her.

So he thinks.

Did you notice that when his staff, seal and cord were brought to him he was asked Whose are these?   (God never condemns us, only confronts us.)

This was a crossroad for Judah. He could have answered with a lie about his wrong doing and in essence ran away and tried to hide, again. Or he could face the truth of his sins for the first time, in a long time.

Proverbs 28:13 says People who cover their sins will not prosper. But if they confess and forsake them, they will receive mercy.

We see that both Tamar and Judah found forgiveness and mercy that day. And God is going to work a great purpose through both of their lives; things that they could have never imagined.

Not only does Tamar give birth to one son, but two sons.

God is the only one who can bring blessing from deceit, disaster and disillusionment.

God took what was meant for evil and turned it not only for Judah and Tamar’s good, but your good and my good too. 

I know you may be tired of reading about descendants.  But humor me with these three verses.

Matthew Chapter 1

1 This is a record of the ancestors of Jesus the Messiah, a descendant of David and of Abraham:

2 Abraham was the father of Isaac. Isaac was the father of Judah and his brothers.

3 Judah was the father Perez and Zerah (whose mother was Tamar.)

From Tamar and Judah’s one-day-stand would come the Promised One, God’s anointed, the Messiah.

The Loin of the Tribe of Judah!!

So, don't ever think your sin is so great that greatness can't come from you. God, the Holy of of Israel, is waiting on us to just confess our sin so He can take what was once a disaster and turn it for our good too. 

See ya tomorrow,

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