We should be grateful that God does not always hold us to the same standards by which we hold others. Judah had unknowingly committed an unforgivable sin against his dead son’s widow. He was more than willing to judge Tamar for the sin she had committed until he realized that he was the one with whom she had committed her sin. Once his sin was revealed, he acknowledged his guilt and was ashamed.
Gen. 38:18-19 “And he (Judah) said, What pledge shall I give thee? And she said, Thy signet, and thy bracelets, and thy staff that is in thine hand. And he gave it her, and came in unto her, and she conceived by him. And she arose, and went away, and laid by her vail from her, and put on the garments of her widowhood.”
V24-26 “And it came to pass about three months after, that it was told Judah, saying, Tamar thy daughter in law hath played the harlot; and also, behold, she is with child by whoredom. And Judah said, Bring her forth, and let her be burnt. When she was brought forth, she sent to her father in law, saying, By the man, whose these are, am I with child: and she said, Discern, I pray thee, whose are these, the signet, and bracelets, and staff. And Judah acknowledged them, and said, She hath been more righteous than I; because that I gave her not to Shelah my son. And he knew her again no more.”
LESSON - Even in the midst of this salacious affair, we see God’s grace. God allowed both Judah and Tamar to be in the lineage of the Messiah. There are several lessons to learn from this story:
1. Be sure your sins will find you out.
2. Be mindful to judge yourself before placing judgment upon others.
3. The Lord is a loving and forgiving God, willing to bless us if we choose to repent.
Learn from these lessons in Scripture or you may in advertently experience the same consequences!