The Sins of Judah
In chapter 49 of Genesis Jacob summons his twelve sons to give a prophecy regarding the future of their lives. It wasn’t always a good report or a time of blessing. For we know Reuben, Jacob’s oldest son was cursed because of his immorality who went up to his father’s bed. (Gen. 49:3,4) Simeon and Levi were also cursed because they were so violent with multiple murders. (Gen. 49:5-7) When it comes to Judah who was so guilty of immorality, you would have expected many curses to come his way; but the opposite is true of him, namely the Messiah, the Lord Jesus Christ will come from his line. Instead of a curse, Judah’s brothers will praise him and many will bow down to him as a King represented by the strength of a Lion. Rev. 5:5
Married An Unbelieving Wife
Instead of hearing about the life of Joseph we hear about Judah and his graphic sins.
There is a drastic contrast between chapter 38 and 39 between the sins of Judah and the righteousness of Joseph.
In a more general picture of God’s providence we see how so much intermarrying of pagans led to the slavery in Egypt as a means of punishment for Israel.
Judah’s sins escalate
Marrying a pagan Canaanite woman, Shua.
Shua giving birth to three pagan children – v.7,10; II Cor. 6:14
Application: (Christians marrying unbelievers and Christians dating unbelievers)
Unfaithful Commitment in Finding a Wife for His Sons
Er and Onan marrying the Canaanite Tamar.
Levirate marriage – Turn To: Deuteronomy 25:5-10; and Matthew 22:23-28
Onan avoided impregnating Tamar
Tamar should have been given Judah’s third son, Shelah
Tamar’s Immoral scheme:
She worked out a plan in which she would become pregnant.
She disguised herself as a prostitute. V. 16-18
She becomes pregnant by Judah and Judah pronounces a severe judgment upon her.
She gives a saving defense by using physical evidence v. 18, 25
Judah recognizes Tamar’s innocence and can no longer cover up his sin.
Judah confesses she is more righteous than he is.
Application: All sin is not alike – Turn To: John 19:1-15
God’s Sovereignty overrules all sinful plots:
Tamar’s life is spared being pregnant from Judah and gave birth to twins, Perez and Zerah who became the ancestor of the Lord Jesus Christ – (Matt. 1:3; Luke 3:33)
Judah’s sin is degenerating in nature from bad to worse.
God’s providence brought good out of evil circumstances – Luke 19:10, (corrupt genealogies: Matt. 19:10,11; 21:31,32; Matt. 15:24; 18:11)
Four women are mentioned in the genealogies of Jesus. Three out of four are guilty of immorality: Tamar – Matt. 1:3; Rahab – Matt. 1:5; Bathsheba - Matt. 1:6; Ruth was a righteous Moabite – Deut.23:3)
None of the genealogies of Genesis mention women – (Gen. 5, 10, 11, 36, and 46) or other Old Testament geologies: I Chron. Chapters 1-4; Ezra 2, 8, 10; Neh. 7, 11, 12. Num. 3, Ruth 4) Luther comments…
Pastor Nick Iamaio, Reformed Presbyterian Church207 South First Street, Fulton, NY 13069
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