July 4 – Genesis 38:20-29
July 4 – Genesis 38:20-29
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Heavenly Father, when I read these verses and see the ways humans treat each other and take advantage of each other, I wonder why You have put up with us for such a long time. I know time is different for You, but I can’t imagine how it must make You feel to see not only how disobedient we are to You, but how treat each other with such disrespect. Thank You Father for loving us so much. It is so hard to imagine the kind of love that You have for us. Help me love others and see others through Your eyes. I know I can’t love others the way You do, but please allow me to see others with Your grace and mercy and through Your eyes.
In Jesus’ name.
Judah judges Tamar and wants her killed when he hears of her pregnancy. However, as he discovers the true series of events that have taken place he makes the comment, “She is more righteous than I, since I did not give her to my son Shelah.”
Do you think his words indicate a sense of shame and remorse? Tamar was quite clever in asking for Judah’s staff, signet and cord to remain in her possession. It served her well in this situation and she lived to bear twin sons.
20 When Judah sent the young goat by his friend the Adullamite to take back the pledge from the woman's hand, he did not find her. 21 And he asked the men of the place, “Where is the cult prostitute who was at Enaim at the roadside?” And they said, “No cult prostitute has been here.” 22 So he returned to Judah and said, “I have not found her. Also, the men of the place said, ‘No cult prostitute has been here.’” 23 And Judah replied, “Let her keep the things as her own, or we shall be laughed at. You see, I sent this young goat, and you did not find her.”
24 About three months later Judah was told, “Tamar your daughter-in-law has been immoral. Moreover, she is pregnant by immorality.” And Judah said, “Bring her out, and let her be burned.” 25 As she was being brought out, she sent word to her father-in-law, “By the man to whom these belong, I am pregnant.” And she said, “Please identify whose these are, the signet and the cord and the staff.” 26 Then Judah identified them and said, “She is more righteous than I, since I did not give her to my son Shelah.” And he did not know her again.
27 When the time of her labor came, there were twins in her womb. 28 And when she was in labor, one put out a hand, and the midwife took and tied a scarlet thread on his hand, saying, “This one came out first.” 29 But as he drew back his hand, behold, his brother came out. And she said, “What a breach you have made for yourself!” Therefore his name was called Perez. 30 Afterward his brother came out with the scarlet thread on his hand, and his name was called Zerah.