One of Jacob’s 12 sons, Judah, married a Canaanite woman who had two sons. According to custom, Judah obtained Tamar as wife for his eldest, Er. But God called this boy evil and took his life. According to the law, Judah told his next born, Onan, to perform his duty as Tamar’s brother-in-law, to raise up offspring for his brother. He refused, wasted his seed, and God took his life. Judah had a third son but told Tamar to return to her father’s house and wait. This was ignoring Jewish law. But do you think God had a plan?
Tamar removed her widow’s clothing, covered her face, and dressed like a harlot. And when Judah saw her standing by the road his flesh took over. Being a smart lady, Tamar requested his seal, cord, and staff as payment. Three months later Judah was informed his daughter-in-law had played the harlot and was pregnant. Judah shouted, “Bring her out and let her be burned!”
Tamar sent the seal and cord and staff to Judah and he was man enough to admit, “She is more righteous than I, inasmuch as I did not give her to my son Shelah.” Read Genesis 38:6-30, Psalm 78:68-71, and Matthew 1:1-4 to find out why and where Tamar fits in God’s plan.
“Moreover, may your house be like the house of Perez whom Tamar bore to Judah, through the offspring which the Lord shall give you by this young woman” (Ruth 4:12 NAS).
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