Thursday, August 7, 2008

Tamar - Ends

Genesis 38:28-30 As she was giving birth, one of them put out his hand; so the midwife took a scarlet thread and tied it on his wrist and said, "This one came out first." But when he drew back his hand, his brother came out, and she said, "So this is how you have broken out!" And he was named Perez. Then his brother, who had the scarlet thread on his wrist, came out and he was given the name Zerah.

This sounds like a very painful childbirth - babies popping out body parts and then pulling them back in - epidurals were not common place at this time. But the point is not lost:

Perez and Zerah were now sons of Judah - belonging to the tribes of Judah. Perez, who in all the confusion of being born, ended up coming out first and became part of the direct line of descendents for our Savior - See Matthew Chapter One.

In this Soap Opera storyline, Tamar became a grandmother of Jesus (great grandmother X alot) but a grandmother - nonetheless. Are we willing to do whatever God calls us to do - to further His kingdom, whether we know what the reason is or not?

3 wonderful insights:

Kay Martin said...

Great insight today. I have an interesting geneology. The "rough" side of my family that has alcoholism and rebellion issues is the same side that has the most preachers. There is even one ancestor who was a scribe who helped translate the Bible into the King James Version.

My mom and dad came from totally different types of homes. My mom was a quiet rural Chrstian girl from a family like the Waltons. My dad was the oldest son of a corrupt sheriff and a politically powerful family. Church was just a way to stay in the good graces of the community.

But...God has gifted me to enhance the natural gifts that I gained through my father's bloodline. God is working in all of us in ways that make no sense to us. Perhaps that is one of the fabulous things we get to do in Heaven: see that it was all good.

God bless you mighty woman of God...keep writing. I need it.

Dorothy Champagne said...

Wow Kay - when is YOUR book coming out? I'd love to hear more about your family - but I enjoy getting to know a little about you in your blog as well! Thank you for your continued encouragement!

Amy J. said...

God always has a plan...we may not know what it is, but HE has a mighty plan!