Today you should read: Genesis 38:1-30
In this chapter, we see Judah leave his brothers and integrate with Canaanites by marrying one of their women. We see two of Judah’s sons executed by the Lord for wickedness and disobedience, and we see Judah’s daughter-in-law deceive Judah after Judah failed to follow through with his word.
Do you live a life of double standards? As Christians, it can be easy to do. It is easy to set standards for the people around you – and judge them for falling short – while you yourself know that you haven’t even lived up to those standards. It is easy to point out what the people around you are doing wrong and neglect to see your own sin.
For today’s application, I want to focus on one verse of this chapter, the end of verse 24, which simply reads, “Let her be burned.”
Judah was no less guilty in this situation than Tamar was. In fact, Judah actually initiated it (verse 16). There were double standards in Judah’s heart. Neither one of their actions was right, but Judah’s motives are evident in scripture.
This reminds me of Matthew 7:1-5:
“Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.”
So what about you? Are there people in your life that you hold to a higher standard than yourself? Do you come down on that person with ever-so-subtle badgering or with harsh words – like “let her be burned”? If not verbally, how about in your heart? Most of us know of some people in our lives for whom we can point out every flaw. Our hearts are sinful in doing this!
This calls for repentance. Let’s begin by removing the plank in our own eye before we remove the dust out of our brother’s or sister’s / husband’s or wives’/ son’s or daughter’s eye. Confess your bitterness or judgmental attitude to the Lord, and to that person if necessary, and put on a heart of genuine love.
If we have a church filled with believers who first repent of their own sin (and are therefore is prepared to hold others accountable), we would become a more biblically disciple-filled church for God’s glory.
Posted by: Sam Cirrincione