The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the Son of David, the Son of Abraham: Abraham begot Isaac, Isaac begot Jacob, and Jacob begot Judah and his brothers. Judah begot Perez and Zerah by Tamar, Perez begot Hezron...
God's story about Judah and Tamar is rarely discussed in modern churches, because it seems shameful and disturbing, because it contains intimate details, because some things are better left unsaid. So why does God lay it open for us?
Is it to highlight a female hero chosen to be a fore-mother to Christ? Only four women are listed by name in His Son's human genealogy. We rightfully assume they are special. The first gutsy heroine is Tamar.
She was widowed by two evil husbands (sons of Judah), so her father-in-law sent her back home with a marriage pledge to son #3, but Judah reneged. So Tamar made a very daring move resulting in an unwed pregnancy... which easily could have gotten her killed.
Yet God and Judah honored her courage. Tamar's son, Perez, born out of wedlock, stands nobly in the lineage of Christ.
Lessons? Don't get churchy and do not judge. Also, God dearly loves His gutsy girls.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Imperfect Heroes series.