01-21-07

I find it so amazing that God would use such ordinary, flawed, and sinful people. Judah was one such person. Perhaps some of Judah’s troubles came from marrying a Canaanite gal (Gen. 38). She bore him sons who were described as “wicked” and “displeasing”.  The oldest was married to a gal named Tamar, but he died before having any kids.  Following after tradition, the next son married Tamar, but he also died before becoming a father.  Naturally Judah was reluctant for Tamar to marry the youngest son, so he sent her away for awhile.  But Tamar wasn’t about to be left out of the picture, so she dressed up as a harlot and waited.  Sure enough, Judah himself comes along looking for a harlot, and he ends up getting her pregnant without knowing who she was.  And it came to pass, about three months after, that Judah was told, saying, “Tamar your daughter-in-law has played the harlot; furthermore she is with child by harlotry.” So Judah said, “Bring her out and let her be burned!” (Gen 38:24 NKJV)
I find it interesting that while Judah didn’t seem to have a problem hiring a harlot, he doesn’t want one in his family.  Jesus talked about a danger we face when we judge others. It’s not uncommon for us to become judgmental of the very thing we ourselves have a problem with.  Before we go out to save the world from splinters, we ought to learn to take the log out of our own eye first (Mat. 7:5).  Sometimes we feel so dissatisfied with everyone else, when we ought to be paying attention to the person in the mirror. Learn God’s grace. Receive God’s grace.  Share God’s grace.