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In Genesis 38 the first obvious thing one should notice is that it was inserted into the middle of the story of Joseph which is in Genesis 37 and 39. I have mentioned in a previous post that I believe it was put there for a reason, and that is because events in Chapter 38 happened about the same time as the story of Joseph and it provides solid reasoning why Judah did not receive the birthright from Jacob/Israel and why Joseph was being positioned to eventually receive it.
The main theme of this story is of a recurring theme in the Bible, and that is Judah took unto himself a Canaanite wife v2. This is the same reason why Esau lost his birthright Gen 26:34. And is also the reason why Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob were directed to go to their original homeland to find women that were of their own race. It's clear from the Bible that Yahshua Messiah (Jesus) was not coming neither to, nor for, the Canaanites because they are not his people.
Judah's Canaanite wife was named Shuah with which he had two bastard children. Not that I want to put anyone down but the word “bastard” is a biblical term that comes from the Hebrew word Mamzer and is the word for a racially mixed person (Strong's Concordance # 4464). Judah's illegitimate Bastardized children (Er and Onan) were exceptionally wicked. Eventually the Father destroyed both of them and their Canaanite mother Shuah for their wickedness. Out of all this mess came a widow from Er by the name of Tamar.
Tamar was not a Canaanite. However, I have seen two Bible Commentary's that incorrectly claim that she was a Canaanite. This multicultural message is preached by Ministers like BillyGraham that think it's just grand for all of the God's Races of people to be mixed into one brown race. They also try to preach that the Messiah was multiracial and multicultural.
The Bible is very clear to be ye separate from others, which includes Canaanites. There is no evidence at all to support the idea that Tamar was originally from Canaan land or a Canaanite. Anytime the Bible speaks of a Canaanite it makes it very clear of their racial identity. Some passages even refer to them as dogs Mt 15:26. This is an important fact to understand before proceeding with this Chapter because Tamar eventually had children with her Father in law Judah.
After failing to have children with Judah's racially mixed children, Tamar devised a plan to become pregnant by Judah himself which would give her racially pure Hebrew/Israelite children. Tamar dresses the part of a harlot and seduces Judah at the crossroads to the town of Timnath. Judah offered Tamar a goat in exchange for her services, but she told Judah she wanted his signet, bracelets, and staff to hold until the goat arrives v18. When the goat eventually arrived she was gone with Judah's personal items. This plan would eventually allow her to have legitimate children with Judah, and to keep Judah's descendants pure blooded. This woman was an instrument of the Father.
Praise the Lord!
Praise the Lord!