Back to the Beginning: Genesis 38

Today’s passage: Genesis 38
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Now here’s a family story full of deception, disloyalty, and ill repute.

The head of this family, Judah, one of the brothers who sold Joseph into slavery.

Tamar, lied to by Judah, chose to take matters into her own hands, posed as a prostitute and seduced her father-in-law to get what she was due.

Then there is the accusation of Tamar as immoral, leading to the discovery of Judah as unrighteous.

Nothing really new here, but consider this:

The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David,
the son of Abraham. Abraham was the father of Isaac, and Isaac the father of Jacob,
and Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers, and Judah the father of Perez
and Zerah by Tamar…
Matthew 1:1-3
Judah and Tamar, in their deceit, unfaithfulness, and immorality, find themselves in Jesus’s family tree.
Hmm… dare we cast stones?
Through His blood we are grafted into His family by faith. All of us liars, cheats, unfaithful, immoral, disreputable. All of us sinners. All saved by grace. You, too, choose grace when it comes to dealing with those in His family.
In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses,
according to the riches of his grace…
Ephesians 1:7

Lord Jesus, forgive me for the times I’ve judged others when I’m just as bad as any.
Thank You for making the Way for us to be grafted into Your family tree.

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