February 24, 2016

Today you should read: Genesis 38

The account of Judah and Tamar we read about in today’s passage seems to be out of place with its surrounding context, the story of Joseph. Not only that, but it’s a rather scathing account with sexually oriented content, deception, judgement, and even a childbirth at the end. Sounds like a script for a modern day Netflix series as opposed to a Biblical account. Nonetheless, it is included in God’s Word for a reason and purpose and we must ask ourselves, “why?” What is God revealing to us about Himself through this passage? What is God revealing to us about mankind in this passage? How does this apply to us today?

A couple of things hit me as I studied this and I would love to hear your thoughts on it as well. First, that God despises wickedness and He never dismisses sin. We see the swift and just dealing with Judah’s first two sons very clearly in this passage for their sins (v. 7 & v. 10). We must not be fooled into believing that we can live in sin and it be ok with God. God hates the sin in our lives because it drives a deep separation between us and Him. If you have unrepentant sin in your life today, take time to confess it to The Lord and turn from it.

Most importantly, I think this passage highlights the fact that God can, and does, work in every situation (good or bad) to bring about His will and purposes in the world. In this case specifically, bringing His own Son into the world through the line of Judah. We read that one of the twins born to Tamar was a boy named Perez. If you go to Matthew chapter 1 and read the genealogy of Jesus you will find Perez in it. Be encouraged today by the sovereignty of God and realize that God can most certainly take whatever messed up situation you are in and turn it into a message of hope for the gospel if you submit your life to Him.

By: Matt Mofield

Author: Center Point Church

A multi-campus church in central Kentucky. Our mission is to take everyone we meet one step closer to becoming a true disciple of Jesus Christ.

5 thoughts on “February 24, 2016”

  1. Thanks Matt! As many times as I have read through these passages, I had never noticed that Perez was in the lineage of Jesus! How neat is that?

    Many people take a great deal of pride in their family of origin, which can be awesome; but in some cultures it separates the haves and the have-nots. Jesus could claim no such pride… his family line was a mess of heroes and harlots (quite literally!) So I think the lineage of Jesus offers great comfort to those with troubling family histories. Through Jesus we all have a glorious new future!

  2. Some observe that the four eldest sons of Jacob fell under heavy sin, Reuben and Judah under the guilt of incest, Simeon and Levi under that of murder. 

    Yet they were patriarchs, and from Levi descended the priests, from Judah the kings and Messiah. Thus they became examples of repentance, and monuments of pardoning mercy.

    There is hope for us all at that precious cross.
    Today’s passage reminds me that the Bible is full of spicy stories! I love telling my children about how spicy it is, and tell them that the Bible is never boring, and it is a sin to teach it in a boring manner.  There’s no subject too sacred for the dinner table at the Finley household.  Never the less, together, we read from Psalm 97 today and not Genesis.  After today, I am prepared to tackle Genesis 38, though.

    More importantly, we prayed for my mother, her future surgery, and the medical staff. It’s happening on March 3rd. 

    Thank you for Jumpstart today!

  3. Agreed! I was just thinking that Jesus’ ancestors were Perez and Judah and Tamar (one of the few women listed). God is working even now!

    A neat song to remember this genealogy (and all the crazy stories with those individuals) is “Matthew’s Begats” by Andrew Peterson.

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