Running From Sin

Wendy Pope

Day: 38 | Plan: Genesis

Today's Reading: Genesis 38

Genesis 38:1 (NIV) “At that time, Judah left his brothers and went down to stay with a man of Adullam named Hirah.”

Judah was the fourth son of Jacob. It is the time in Judah’s life when he left home after he and his brothers sold his young brother Joseph to slave traders from Egypt. It is the time right after he and his brothers took Joseph’s colorful coat covered in animal’s blood to Jacob and lied about his death. It was the time Judah ran from his sin. 

Life on the run should never be our response to sin. We can only guess how different Judah’s life would have been if he had just confessed his sin and asked his father for forgiveness. Reading the remainder of Genesis 38 we see Judah’s response sent him into a tailwind of destruction.

Judah fled to Adullam, married Shua, and started a family. Judah’s first son, Er, was married to Tamar. But Er was evil and the Lord took his life before producing an heir.

At the time, levirate marriage was a common practice. This practice required a brother to marry the deceased’s wife so an heir could be produced. So, Judah gave his second son, Onan to Tamar in marriage.

But Onan was selfish, and he didn’t want his children to belong to his deceased brother. So Onan took matters into his own hands to prevent that. The Lord considered this evil and took his life. Judah had a third son, Shelah, but he did not want to offer him to Tamar for fear that he too would die. Instead, he sent Tamar back to her parents with a false promise of a marriage to Shelah when he got older.

When Tamar learned of Judah’s deception, she devised a scheme of her own. She covered her face and waited for Judah to come to town. He assumed she was a prostitute and slept with her. Out of this union came twin boys, Perez and Zerah. The birth of these boys provided our Hope for eternity.

Our Hope for eternity came in the person of Jesus, whose lineage is traced through Perez and Judah.

Even though running from our sin is never the right response, we often do. Rather than running from God in our sin, let’s be challenged to run to Him with sin. He is faithful and just to forgive and restore our brokenness.

Prayer: Lord, You are faithful and just to forgive my sin. Help me quickly respond to my sin through confession. Forgive me for running from You in sin rather than running to You with my sin. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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