• Marilyn Franklin

Search For Significance - Fourth Episode

Updated: May 26, 2020

When we last leftA Search for SignificanceTamar was waiting…

According to Genesis 38:12, a long time had elapsed and Judah’s wife was now dead and Shelah, Tamar’s fiancée is grown up. But Judah had not kept his word and Tamar was living as a widow. This was a death toll for her because childless widows were not valued in a patriarchal society and were often defenseless, destitute, preyed upon, and oppressed. So, when Tamar was told,

“ ‘Your father-in-law is on his way to Timnah to shear his sheep,’ ” 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 (Genesis 38:13,14).” Like Tamar, do we disguise ourselves to get what we want? Is our Christianity veiled by our choices of friends, behavior, music we listen to or by the way we dress?

Tamar’s clothing and location gave the impression that she was a prostitute. Judah approached her and Tamar asked what was her payment. He promised her a goat that he would send later. Once again, her father-in-law wanted her to wait. As Tamar was betrayed by him before, she secured tangible proof of his promise. To have sex with Tamar, Judah gave up his seal, cord and staff (His seal validated him because it identified who he was and his staff was needed for his profession). Sometimes because of our desires, we give up our identity. After this encounter, Tamar returned to her father’s house and waited.

To Be Continued…

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