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