Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Tamar - Mystery Solved.

Genesis 38:26-27 Judah recognized them and said, "She is more righteous than I, since I wouldn't give her to my son Shelah." And he did not sleep with her again. When the time came for her to give birth, there were twin boys in her womb.

Have you ever been wronged by someone and then, in that final moment when revenge is about to be sweet - they turn around with humility and say "I was wrong, and I'm sorry"? I don't know about you, but anytime I get an apology like that, the only response is - "Oh, okay." This was Judah.

When Tamar made that final call and confronted Judah with his seal and cord and staff - it really could've gone either way. She didn't know what he would do - he could've gone off on a rage at having been tricked, he could've paid off the messenger to be quiet... But God was with Judah as well. Judah admitted he was wrong to not give his youngest son to Tamar and that Tamar took matters into her own hands and set the record straight.

Now the latter part of verse 26 is something that catches my attention: "and he did not sleep with her again". Why? Why is this mentioned? Could it be to once again solidify the fact that this was, in fact, by the hand of God? It means that Judah was obviously not burning with passion for Tamar - and that is not the reason he slept with her outside the city. It means that he was now fulfilling his duty and taking care of Tamar (not for sex) - since that is what he should have been doing all along.

Then in verse 27, the mystery from before is solved. She was having twins! That's why she was so big at 3 months! It just goes to show that it really does not matter the circumstances, the trials in life, the way you've been wronged. God still wants the best for you and from you - and miracles still happen.

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