I’ve just published another book, but you won’t find my name on it – just a brief acknowledgement of thanks from the author for the help I gave her in preparing it for press. It’s in aid of Parkinson’s UK, and I’ll give you more details when it is released.
The story of Judah and Tamar is a strange interjection in the story of Joseph, (Genesis 38), but it is a very important part of Israel’s history. Firstly, it is part of the lineage of Jesus. Perez, one of the twins that Tamar bore to Judah, was the one who carried the seed through whom the world was blessed.
Secondly, it demonstrated a stark reminder of how far the sons of Israel had fallen. This was no godly family; there was nothing for the Israelites to be proud of in their ancestry – whatever God did in and through them has only ever been grace.
Thirdly, it tells me that a brief mention in the book is enough. Zerah, the twin who seemed to be coming first, had a scarlet thread tied around his wrist. He didn’t get to be the elder son. He didn’t get into the lineage of Jesus. He didn’t get famous for anything great. But that scarlet thread reminds me of the plan of salvation that winds its way through the whole of the scriptures. It tells me that it’s inclusive. Salvation is not just for the big names. It’s not just for those who are given the big jobs in God’s kingdom. It is available to all. Even me. The only mention we really need, is that our names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life, (Revelation 21:7)