God Meant it for Good: Episode 2

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“And it was told Tamar, saying, Behold thy father in law goeth up to Timnath to shear his sheep.
And she put her widow’s garments off from her, and covered her with a vail, and wrapped herself,tamar (1) and sat in an open place, which is by the way to Timnath; for she saw that Shelah was grown, and she was not given unto him to wife.
When Judah saw her, he thought her to be an harlot; because she had covered her face.
And he turned unto her by the way, and said, Go to, I pray thee, let me come in unto thee; (for he knew not that she was his daughter in law.) And she said, What wilt thou give me, that thou mayest come in unto me?”

In this Podcast:

  • Joseph sold into slavery and transported to Egypt
  • How Judah received the inheritance of the First Born son even though he was fourth born
  • The account of Judah and Tamar is not an insignificant story
  • Satan continues his attempt to stop the Promised Seed of Genesis 3
  • Even when we mess everything up, God’s promise stands sure


Joseph sold into slavery

  • Judah saves Joseph from death
    • Joseph’s brothers wanted to get rid of Joseph
    • willing to kill him
      • Judah convinced them to sell him to slave traders instead
    • Midianites transported Joseph to Egypt
      • Sold him to Potiphar

Judah Receives Honor

1 Chronicles 5:1-2

  • Fourth born son receives firstborn inheritance
    • Reuben disqualified from headship
      • Reuben lies with Bilhah
        • Genesis 35:22
    • Simeon and Levi disqualified from headship
      • Slew entire city as retribution for their sister Dinah
        • Genesis 34:1-31
    • Judah declared to rule family
      • Genesis 49:8-12

Judah and Tamar

  • On the surface, it seems that Genesis 38 is misplaced
    • Genesis 37 ends with sale of Joseph to Potiphar
    • Genesis 39 starts with Joseph in  the employ of Potiphar
  • Not an insignificant event
    • The events that transpire in Genesis 38
      • Prepared the way for the Promised Seed
        • Matthew 1:1-16
          • And Judas begat Phares and Zara of Thamar; and Phares begat Esrom; and Esrom begat Aram; Matthew 1:3
      • Proves out that God can/will
        • Work all things together for good.

All things work together for good

  • Judah made a mess of things
  • First born son a disaster
  • Second born son not much better
  • Judah admits his sin
  • Promised seed preserved through Judah and Tamar

The Lord has promised… that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
Do you Love God?  Have you been called according to his purpose?
If you have accepted Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior then you can answer yes and therefore; you can know that even though the trial that you are currently facing may seem hopeless; it is not.  You have the promise that it will work out for good, some way, somehow, and you know that you have the hope of Glory residing in you (Colossians 1:27)
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