Mathew 1:3
Judah begat Pharez and Zara of Tamar: Pharez begat Hezron: Hezron begat Ram:
This scripture is about the lineage of Jesus Christ. I was really fascinated with Tamar, and how it came to be that she was named?
Abraham received the promise of the Messiah, that it would come down through his family line. Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Judah. Judah had a first born son Named Er. Judah took Tamar as a wife for Er.
Genesis 38:7- 10
And Er, Judah's firstborn, was wicked in the sight of the LORD; and the LORD slew him.
And Judah said unto Onan, Go in unto thy brother's wife,
and marry her, and raise up seed to thy brother.
And Onan knew that the seed should not be his; and it
came to pass, when he went in unto his brother's wife, that
he spilled it on the ground, lest that he should give seed to
his brother.
And the thing which he did displeased the LORD:
wherefore he slew him also.
So Tamar has now been widowed twice. By custom
the third son, Shelah was to be given to her for a husband, by the father, Judah. In order to raise up seed for both the other sons that had died, namely Er.
So Judah tells Tamar to wait for my youngest son to become of age and marry him. Years go by, the third son Shelah is a grown man and Judah has not kept his word. So Tamar takes matters into her own hands.
She took off her widow’s garments and dressed as a harlot, deceived Judah and slept with him. Judah did not know this was Tamar. She took his ring, his bracelets, and his staff as a pledge for future payment.
Three months later Tamar is with child. Judah hears of this and commands her to be brought forth and burned for being a harlot. (A little bit of a double standard here by Judah.)
Tamar asks Judah, “to whom do these belong?” Judah immediately realizes what has happened.
Gen 38:26
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.
Okay, that was a long story. People have really preached
some ugly things about Tamar over the years. How could
she have devised such a wicked scheme?
But God saw it differently.
This time was before the law of Moses was given. No commandments to live by. But look at what Tamar did, and what were her motives? Please remember, God judges the heart.
Tamar married Er, Judah’s son. Jesus was from the tribe of Judah. This is where the promise was given. While Tamar was married to Er he told her of this promise. Er didn’t really believe the promise just by the way he lived.
Onan the second son knew the seed would not be his. He wanted the promise through his children, not Er’s. God saw the motives of Onan’s heart and slew him. This was a bad plan on Onan’s part.
Judah appears to have taken the promise lightly as well, by sleeping with a harlot. Out of this whole story, there is one magnificent lady that believed the word of God to be true. She waited for the promise, she embraced God even though her culture and family had other gods. She waited for years, she endured.
Even Judah said, “She’s more righteous than I.” Who cares what people think. Tamar is in the line of Judah and mentioned in the lineage of Jesus Christ. One of only four ladies mentioned in the lineage, Tamar, Rachab, Ruth, and Mary. All of who had a special kind of faith and love for God. Tamar had faith, she simply believed God’s promise.
In the end, all that matters is, what God thinks about you.
He is “El Roi”
“The God Who Sees Me”

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