Today is actually Oldie-but a-Goodie Friday, where we resurrect a CareBibleStudy blog of old, and give it life again- Lol!! But today I felt inspired to share more about our ’faith-full’ woman of the week – Tamar!!
Did you answer this weeks Super Faith Sunday Question correctly??
Our Question was- Who is She??
And our Answer was: Tamar!! (Judah’s daughter-in-law)
I posted the answer for you this week, along with a little background on our ‘faith-full’ Tamar, but I also promised your more….
If you need to play catch-up, here is Tuesday’s background Lesson:
If not- here’s more today about Tamar and Judah:
Tamar had become impatient with her father-in law, Judah and behaved desperately, because he had rejected the union between herself and Judah’s youngest son, Shelah.
When Onan, Tamar’s second husband died, Shelah was only a boy and could not yet be permitted to marry. So Judah sent Tamar away from his house, with only a promise of a future marriage to his last son, Shelah.
You see, according to their custom, Shelah was now betrothed or promised to Tamar as her husband. Now when Shelah becomes a ’grownup,’ he is obligated to wed Tamar and give her a son- their first born son- in the name of his deceased older brother, Er, Tamar’s first husband.
I hope you got all that- It gets Tricky!!
But it seems that Judah feared that this woman was accursed!!
In Judah’s eyes, he saw that each of his 2 sons, Er and Onan had died, suddenly and mysteriously, after having wed this woman.
Judah did not want to see nor accept his own guilt in the matter – nor accept that his two sons had done evil in the sight of the Lord and therefore, God killed them both!!
Unfortunately Er and Onan were wicked, unrepentant men, as they were born to a wicked, unrepentant Judah, who had also shamelessly sold his younger brother, Joseph into Slavery.
But God had clearly seen Judah’s sins, though he thought they were hidden- and scripture tells us that our God is Just and He visits the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations. (Deuteronomy 5:9)
Our God, who is Just, is also a merciful God Who restrained His wrath upon this Canaanite Woman, Tamar and upon Judah, who had conceived their twin boys together in lust and incest.
Yes!! Judah and Tamar’s twin sons were born to a mother- who disguised herself, and pretended to be a hooker and a ‘john’ father, who had come along and solicited her favors!!
Now Judah did not know that his daughter-in-law, Tamar was the woman ‘dressed up’ as the prostitute when he slept with her. This is revealed later in the story when Tamar’s pregnancy becomes evident.
You see, Judah had purchased the woman’s (Tamar) favors with a pledge, (promise to pay) leaving the prostitute (his daughter-in-law) with his ring, bracelets, and staff in her hands temporarily, until he returned with payment.
It was about three months later when Judah learned of Tamar’s (hidden) pregnancy, that he viciously accused her of whoredom and adultery against his son Shelah!!
Judah, in his own self-righteousness, demanded that Tamar be brought out and burned for her sins- not stoned, as was customary – yet he still did not admit to his own sins!!
So Tamar was forced to produce the very same items that Judah had given to her, as a pledge, from the night that he laid with her saying;
-By the man, whose these are, am I with child: and she said, Discern, I pray thee, whose are these, the signet, and bracelets, and staff.
And Judah acknowledged them, and said, She hath been more righteous than I; because that I gave her not to Shelah my son. And he knew her again no more. (Genesis 38:25-26)
It wasn’t until Tamar brought forth the evidence of Judah’s sin against her, that he was finally forced to publicly declare his own guilt, confessing that Tamar had been more righteous than him!!
You may say – Righteous?????
Yes!! The inspired scripture describes Tamar as righteous.
Yes!! Tamar was a Canaanitess, an idol worshipping, pagan woman. But somewhere in time, Tamar had chosen to believe in the God of Jacob-her husband’s grandfather, who was yet still alive. Maybe he shared their family history, causing Tamar to embrace the faith of her husband’s patriarchal ancestors, Abraham and Isaac – even when their wicked grandsons Er and Onan had refused to do so!
Tamar learned that her first 2 husbands, Er and Onan were the great, great, grandsons of the Patriarch, Abraham who by faith, believed unto righteousness and was called a son of God. She believed that she too could be counted as a ‘faith-full’ daughter in God’s Promise of the coming Messiah through Abraham!!
Tamar had diligently waited years for Shelah, to no avail. She had been so long ignored, closed up in her father’s house, dressed in her widow’s garments and utterly forgotten. But her Father (God) who she had chosen to hope in, He had not forgotten Tamar!!
He saw how Tamar had been callously mistreated while she lived in Judah’s household. He saw that she had been used, abused, and finally abandoned by Judah and his sons. But God also saw the beautiful transformation in Tamar’s heart!!
Yes!! God remembered his daughter Tamar, not because she behaved so righteously, because she didn’t!!
God remembered Tamar because she believed unto righteousness, by faith!!
God blessed her womb, filling it with – not 1, but 2 sons of Abraham. One Pharez, the other Zarah!
It was Tamar’s son Pharez, her first born son, who would be counted as an ancestral ‘father’ in the genealogy of Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Pharez was not a son born of his mother’s merit, for she was not chaste in her flesh, but he was a son gifted to Tamar through God’s Grace, because Tamar kept the Faith!!
Tomorrow is Solution Saturday, so I will Post Your Answers to Trivia Thursday’s Question – –Whose Wife is This??
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