What a mess. Judah walked away from God and his brothers. His two oldest sons did life ending evil before God and now Judah had a widowed Daughter-in –law without an heir. His job was to have the next son provide an heir—but, Judah thought that was risky! What to do…Judah simply did nothing, or so he thought. Instead of caring for his son’s wife properly, he wen and slept with her as a prostitute. Judah’s behavior was wrong on so many levels. When we sew the wind we reap a world wind. Such was the life of Judah. Alone with two dead sons and a daughter in law on the street corner.
Frankly, it is so much easier to simply do the right things for the right reasons. God’s model for life is to simply submit to his loving leadership and allow him to clear the path for a free and abundant life. The more we attempt to avoid god and act independently, the more we suffer at our own hand. God allows us free choice, but he also allows us to experience the result of those choices. It is often more difficult than we could ever imagine. Amazingly, it is also so easily avoided by simply doing the right things to honor God and be like him. Proverbs 3:5-6 says it best, ”Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Lean not on your own understanding. Acknowledge him in all your ways, and he will make your path straight.”
God Bless You
Judah then said to his daughter-in-law Tamar, “Live as a widow in your father’s household until my son Shelah grows up.” For he thought, “He may die too, just like his brothers.” So Tamar went to live in her father’s household.
12 After a long time Judah’s wife, the daughter of Shua, died. When Judah had recovered from his grief, he went up to Timnah, to the men who were shearing his sheep, and his friend Hirah the Adullamite went with him.
13 When Tamar was told, “Your father-in-law is on his way to Timnah to shear his sheep,” 14 she took off her widow’s clothes, covered herself with a veil to disguise herself, and then sat down at the entrance to Enaim, which is on the road to Timnah. For she saw that, though Shelah had now grown up, she had not been given to him as his wife.
15 When Judah saw her, he thought she was a prostitute, for she had covered her face. 16 Not realizing that she was his daughter-in-law, he went over to her by the roadside and said, “Come now, let me sleep with you.”