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God’s ’Faith-full’ Daughter – Tamar!!

Hey Neighbor! 

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:

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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!!

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Tomorrow is Solution Saturday, so I will Post Your Answers to Trivia Thursday’s Question – –Whose Wife is This??

Until Next Time, Remember…

God Loves 💕You and So Do I!!

-Tam

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I Will Trust In The Lord!!

Hey Neighbor,

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I love to Sing to the Lord. I find myself singing to Him around my house as I’m cooking, cleaning, and even while I’m getting dressed. It’s Funny how it has become contagious in Our house…as I sometimes hear my daughter, Allie’s voice through the heating ducts…piercing up and through the floor registers, as she joyfully, sings while folding the laundry in our basement.

I think that’s so cool!!

Growing up, My Dad used to sing around Our house…particularly while he was cleaning house or doing laundry. I can remember sitting on the basement steps, watching him hang the laundry on the clothes lines that he had hung in our basement. He Always sang the same song!!…And I have recently become reacquainted with that -oh so familiar- song again…called, ‘I will Trust in The Lord.’

I can still hear the melody and those deep tones of his voice as he sang…

“I Will Trust in the Lo-oord. I will trust in the Lo-oord. I will trust in the Lo-oord…until I die.”

That was My Daddy’s Song…

It Seems that The Lord has re-gifted me with that Song during the Month of March.  It has been A very Comforting ‘Theme Song’ for Me and the melody has been…ever so present in my Spirit, as I have mourned the loss of my brother and as I have reflected on Our childhood memories.

My Daddy’s song has also been for me…A Sweet Lullaby…at the end of my day…when my children have been tucked into bed…after the T.V. has been shut down and All the lights have been turned off…after the Hubby is snoring…and it’s time to Lay-Me-Down to Sleep.

Then…There’s just Me and Jesus!!

And As I Pray…I Can trust in The Lord to comfort My Spirit with the Scriptures…as I have hidden His Word down in my heart…and I know that I can let go of All the stress of the day…trusting that He will give His angels especial charge over Me and My loved ones…as He protects and defends Us while We rest.

I trust in Him to reveal His secrets into my Spirit…in the form of Sweet Dreams, and I trust in The Lord to awaken Me, by His grace to a New morning…full of New Mercies.

Hallelujah!!

I love the Lord and I Thank Him for His Peace that Surpasses All Understanding and I trust in His Plan for My Life…and because My trust lies, confidently in Him…When I hear that ever so comforting melody begin to stir…down in my Spirit, at the end of my day…I can close my eyes and rest peacefully,…fully expecting that my Sleep will be Sweet…As I Trust in The Lord!!

-When you lie down, you shall not be afraid; yes, you shall lie down, and your sleep shall be sweet. Be not afraid of sudden terror and panic, nor of the stormy blast or the storm and ruin of the wicked when it comes [for you will be guiltless], For the Lord shall be your confidence, firm and strong and shall keep your foot from being caught [in a trap or some hidden danger-

(Proverbs 3:24-26)

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Thanks For Stopping By, Neighbor,

God Loves You and So Do I!!

-Tam

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