It was at that time that Judah left his brothers and settled near an Adullamite man, whose name was Hirah.
2 There Judah saw the daughter of a Canaanite whose name was Shua. He took her and went in to her,
3 and she conceived and gave birth to a son, and he called his name Er.
4 She conceived again and gave birth to a son, and she called his name Onan.
5 Yet again she gave birth to a son, and she called his name Shelah. Judah was in Chezib when she gave birth to him.
6 And Judah acquired a wife for Er his firstborn, and her name was Tamar.
7 But Er, Judah’s firstborn, was wrong in the eyes of the LORD, and the LORD put him to death.
8 Then Judah said to Onan, “Go in to your brother’s wife and perform the duty of a brother-in-law to her, and raise up a child for your brother.”
9 But Onan knew that the child would not be considered his. So whenever he went in to his brother’s wife he would waste the semen on the ground, so as not to give offspring to his brother.
10 And what he did was wrong in the eyes of the LORD, and he put him to death also. _______________________
our messy world
Selfishness is an evil thing. It lives inside each one of us. We can say that we do not understand when people do selfish, inconsiderate things. But, the truth is, we can understand it. Judah’s family history shows us that even those blessed by the LORD are still touched by the evil consequences of the fall in Eden.
This was Judah, the son of Israel, chosen to be the ancestor of the Messiah. Yet he and his children are acting so wickedly that the LORD chooses to end the lives of some of them. Judah’s life was a mess. The story acts as a contrast to the stories demonstrating Joseph’s integrity in Egypt.
What kind of world are we living in, when even the blessed of the LORD do wicked things and incur his wrath? We are living in a world in need of a redeemer. Don’t worry. God has this covered too. He challenges his people to live right, but he is not at their mercy. He will provide salvation to this world.
It is actually quite comforting that Judah’s life was such a mess. To me, that says that the LORD can come into my mess and fix it too.
LORD, thank you for bringing your Son into our messy world.