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Series: Reclaimed - Uncovering Your Worth
Week 2: Peripeteia: Tamar - Day 3
No chance at all if you think you can pull it off yourself. Every chance in the world if you trust God to do it (Matthew 19:26 MSG).
I hope the perspective we gained yesterday helps you to feel less bogged down and shackled by the burden of rules in your life. Have the words of Paul, “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:1 ESV), settled into your soul? Today, we continue reading the story of Judah and Tamar. Although I would like to say we are through the most scandalous parts, the truth is, we are only just beginning. Get ready to have your mind blown. You will find yourself amazed, undoubtedly, that certain portions of this text are found within the Holy Scriptures. Read Genesis 38:11-14.
Let me start by saying, I warned you. It gets a little messy, doesn’t it? Let’s be sure we get a clear picture of what is unfolding. Reread verse 11 and answer the following questions:
What does Judah tell Tamar to do?
What is the reason for Judah’s actions?
Did you catch that? The Scripture says, “for he feared that he would die, like his brothers” (Gene- sis 38:11 ESV). For he what? He feared. What he should have done, according to the Levirate law we studied yesterday, was to give Shelah to be married to Tamar, regardless of his reservations and despite his fear. Instead, he sends her back to her father. Metaphorically, he is shoving the whole situation under the rug. I’m sure Judah reasoned that if he just sent her away, the whole mess would go away as well.
I see a scenario similar to this play out in my house frequently. My two middle two sons have a tendency to get on each other’s nerves. Wesley will take Crosby’s sword. Crosby will respond in anger and hit Wesley in the head with said sword, which will propel them both into tears. It usually results with me leaving what I am doing to come and referee the situation.
Wesley will say something like “Crosby hit me in the head!” Wes has a flare for the dramatic so he is usually writhing around on the ground as if he has just been struck by a real Samurai sword, as opposed the foam sword that actually was responsible for the blow.
Crosby will say, “He took my sword.”
When I look to Wesley to confirm whether the whole scene in my living room did begin with a stolen sword, he will quickly say, “I didn’t take it!” Fear, anger, shame, and blame.
This pattern of emotions is exactly what is being demonstrated by Judah in our story. We are told that Judah’s wife died and once he had grieved, he headed to Timnah. There he joins Hirah (his friend mentioned in the beginning of the chapter) for a festival that includes the ...
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