Read Genesis 38 – The bible is real and true. People are messy yet the LORD accomplishes His purpose through us.
Meet Tamar, she is one of only 4 women mentioned in the lineage of Jesus, in the New Testament (Matthew 1:3). She is given in marriage to Judah’s son, Er, but he was wicked in the sight of the Lord, and the LORD killed him. :6-7. Wicked Er was not going to corrupt the lineage of Jesus.
It was tradition, if a man died before providing a son to his wife, that the brother would then fill his shoes. The son would not be his though; the baby would be considered the son of the dead brother. Judah sends in his second son, Onan. He was also wicked in the eyes of the LORD, and the LORD killed him. :10.
Judah has one son left, Shelah. He is a bit young to be marrying and fathering his dead brother’s children, plus Tamar’s track record is of some concern. So Judah sends Tamar home to her fathers house. He says he will send Shelah when he is old enough, but doesn’t.
Tamar does something that seems crazy, taking off her widows garb, dressing like a shrine prostitute and getting Judah to be with her. She secures the act with his personal items.
… Hang in there, my feminist friends, this is the anchient world. As things play out, I think you’ll see Tamar is quite the brave and bold fighter within the realm of her time and options.
Enjoy the read. Beloved, be blessed by this chapter. The Lord worked through Judah and Tamar despite some overwhelming obstacles and poor choices. He will come alongside you too, working all things for your good and His glory. 💖