Monday, July 21, 2008
Genesis 38:2-5 There Judah met the daughter of a Canaanite man named Shua. He married her and lay with her; she became pregnant and gave birth to a son, who was named Er. She conceived again and gave birth to a son and named him Onan. She gave birth to still another son and named him Shelah. It was at Kezib that she gave birth to him.
There are many things to look at in these few verses listed here. Numero Uno: Judah married a Canaanite woman - not someone that would make daddy proud. Deux: The information that is given on her is very limited - we know her religious affiliation because she was from Canaan and we know that she was fertile. We are not even given her name.
It was very important during this time period to give your husband a son to carry on the line. Judah knew this - especially since it was his family that was so blessed by God and was promised to have many nations. So mentioning that she bore three sons, pretty much gives us her usefulness at this point. It never mentions her having any change of heart or doing something wonderful for the Kingdom - she was a Canaanite and she bore Judah's sons.
The last thing that I find very interesting is that it mentions where the last son was born. Why? Why is this land so signficant to mention? It is still in the lowlands of Judahs' territory - but here lies the pertinance: Kezib, by definition, means "Liar". The foreshadowing that is seen in these few verses can only be attributed to the Holy Spirit writing it - Can't you just hear the suspenseful music playing as the screen fades to black and the commercial comes on...