Friday, December 8 – Genesis 38:24-30
Now it was about three months later that Judah was informed, “Your daughter-in-law Tamar has prostituted herself, and behold, she is also pregnant by prostitution.” Then Judah said, “Bring her out and have her burned!” It was while she was being brought out that she sent word to her father-in-law, saying, “I am pregnant by the man to whom these things belong.” She also said, “Please examine and see, whose signet ring and cords and staff are these?” And Judah recognized them, and said, “She is more righteous than I, since I did not give her to my son Shelah.” And he did not have relations with her again.
It came about at the time she was giving birth, that behold, there were twins in her womb. Moreover, it took place while she was giving birth, that one baby put out a hand, and the midwife took and tied a scarlet thread on his hand, saying, “This one came out first.” But it came about as he drew back his hand that behold, his brother came out. Then she said, “What a breach you have made for yourself!” So he was named Perez. Afterward his brother came out who had the scarlet thread on his hand; and he was named Zerah.
Every action carries consequences and repercussions that extend beyond the moment. Tamar’s actions carried great consequences and the future was grim. When the whole story became clear, she was not judged by her actions but by her motivation of justice. Her heart for justice kept Judah accountable for his actions. Ultimately, as the story unfolded, God used both to bring His Messiah, not according to their ability or righteousness but His willingness to work through them even in these bleak circumstances. God did not hold back from bringing His Son through the line of Judah for fear that it would taint the bloodline. God was not scared of the messy places and broken pieces of the family line; He would show His goodness and strength through Jesus’s lineage.
How is your story unfolding? Is it marked by the grace and mercy of God or by striving based on your own ability and effort? We want to hold back our brokenness, our sin struggles, and our deepest darkest secrets even from God because we are afraid that they will define us. Yet it is in those weaknesses that God’s grace and power are made evident as we surrender to Him. May we hold to the words of 2 Corinthians 12:9 which says, “And He has said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.’ Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.”
- What are some weaknesses or difficult parts of your story you need to surrender to God?
- Why is it difficult for us to submit the difficult parts of our stories to God? What do we think we gain by holding them back?
- Pray and ask God to work in your life in the difficult places to reveal His strength.