And it came about at that time, that Judah departed from his brothers and visited a certain Adullamite, whose name was Hirah. Judah saw there a daughter of a certain Canaanite whose name was Shua; and he took her and went in to her.
Biblical accounts of sinfulness are not comfortable reading, and are discouraged by the whispers of our enemy Satan. Thus the story of Judah in Genesis 38 has been hard reading as I tried to fathom the significance of this murky tale of sinfulness. Judah was instrumental in selling Joseph into slavery and lying to his father with his brothers about it. Here begins a time of sinfulness in Judah’s life. The nature of sin has always been that of a downward spiral in humanity; we can see this in Biblical stories such as that of Adam & Eve, and also in the life of King David with Bathsheba. But our faithful Almighty God always has the last say in all such stories, as is the case of Judah’s story.
The faithful hand of God is always upon His children, providing a way out of the darkness of sin. The universal and ultimate example of this is seen in the genealogy of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, in which we find some unexpected characters. In particular with reference to Judah we find his son Perez in the Royal lineage through to Boaz, Ruth and David, right down to Joseph our Lord’s adoptive father. What greater proof could we have of the compassion of God our Father; that He can transform the unlovely into something beautiful.
Dear reader, let us learn from Judah’s spiral into sinfulness. Our Father God loves us and can transform our sinful state into something beautiful for His Glory. If we recognise our sin and repent He is Faithful in His Compassion, and will rescue us from the darkness. Hallelujah!