Driving Miss Tamar
Series: Faithbook of Jesus Devotional
About three months later Judah was told, “Your daughter-in-law Tamar is guilty of prostitution, and as a result she is now pregnant.” Judah said, “Bring her out and have her burned to death!”
— Genesis 38:24
One of the most bizarre stories in the Bible is about Tamar. Really, you should read the whole thing sometime.
Judah (an Israelite) found a wife—Tamar (also an Israelite)—for his son Er. Because of Er’s wickedness, Jesus executed him. Talk about the original gangsta! He meant business. Next, Judah gave Tamar to his son Onan. Now here’s where the bizarre part of the story plays out. It was customary during that time for a widow to marry the next brother in line. That was Onan. His responsibility was to get her pregnant to carry on his dead brother’s lineage.
But Onan, also a wicked man, thought he was crafty, and every time he had sex with Tamar, he spilled his semen on the ground (see Genesis 38:9). He died. Surprise, surprise! The youngest son, Shelah, was too young to marry Tamar, so Judah sent her home to live at her father’s house (see Genesis 38:11).
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