Thursday, January 1, 2015

Matthew 1 Descendant of harlotry

Read Matthew 1

For most of us gentiles these names and genealogies don't mean much, but something hit me today. Another example of how we never learn all of the scriptures. It's just one line and you probably read it and didn't give it any thought. It's in verse 3; "..Judah the father of Perez and Zerah by Tamar,.." Most readers would look at that and consider that Tamar was Judah's wife but she wasn't. You need to read the entire bible to understand this. Back in Genesis chapter 38, Tamar was married to Judah's first son Er, who was wicked in sight of God and God killed him. Then she was given to Judah's second son Onan who also was wicked and God killed him. When she tired of waiting for Judah to give her another husband, she dressed as a prostitute and slept with Judah, from that union these two sons were born. The lineage of humanity has a checkered past, what I find most encouraging is that God Himself came to us from that same checkered past. There is redemption no matter where we come from. The way this worked out it almost seems that God wanted a union between the house of Judah and Tamar, and He worked a way to make that happen.

No workout today, taking Thursdays as rest days.  Check the workouts page for the new January rotation.

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