Genesis 38: This chapter relates the sin of Judah and the birth of Pharez and appears to interrupt the narrative of Joseph. However, in light of the redemptive-historical story, the son of Judah and Tamar, Pharez, is in the lineage of Jesus Christ the Savior. Therefore it is very important in developing the history of salvation.
Genesis 38:24-30: 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. And it came to pass in the time of her travail, that, behold, twins were in her womb. And it came to pass, when she travailed, that the one put out his hand: and the midwife took and bound upon his hand a scarlet thread, saying, This came out first. And it came to pass, as he drew back his hand, that, behold, his brother came out: and she said, How hast thou broken forth? this breach be upon thee: therefore his name was called Pharez. And afterward came out his brother, that had the scarlet thread upon his hand: and his name was called Zarah.
Matthew 1:3, 16: And Judah the father of Perez and Zerah by Tamar…and Jacob begat Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ.
Special Directions to The Children of God When under Sickness, or any Other Affliction from “The Afflicted man’s Companion” by John Willison:
1. Let believers especially guard against fainting or desponding under God’s afflicting hand (Hebrews 12:5). 2. Let the children of God be exemplary in patience and submission to God under their affliction (Philippians 1:29). 3. Let believers be much employed in the praises of God, while they are under affliction by sickness or otherwise (1 Thessalonians 5:18). 4. Let the children of God, when visited with sickness, set about actual preparation for death and eternity (2 Timothy 4:8). 5. Let believers in time of sickness endeavor all they can to glorify God, and edify those that are about them, by their conversation and behavior (John 9:4). 6. Let God’s children, when sick or dying, feel and manifest a great concern for the advancement of the kingdom of Christ, and of true religion among the rising generation. 7. Let the children of God labor to fortify themselves against all Satan’s temptations and assaults, which they may expect to meet with in time of sickness and affliction.
Eureka’s Bible Study (10-10-12) was from the London Confession of Faith, Chapter 14 (1646 Edition):
This office to which Christ is called, is threefold; prophet, priest, and king: This number and order of offices is necessary, for in respect of our ignorance, we stand in need of His prophetical office; in respect of our great alienation from God, we need His priestly office to reconcile us; and in respect of our averseness and utter inability to return to God, we need His kingly office, to convince, subdue, draw, uphold and preserve us to His heavenly kingdom.