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Advent Study – Week 1

December 3, 2014

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Scripture

Genesis  38:13- 15,  26-27

Tamar was told” Your father-in-law is on his way to Timah to clip the wool from his sheep.” So she took off her widow’s clothes. She covered her face with a veil so people wouldn’t know who she was. Then she sat down at the entrance to Enaim. Enaim is on the road to Timnah. Tamar knew that Shelah had grown up. But she hadn’t been given to him as his wife. Judah saw her. He thought she was a prostitute because she had covered her face with a veil.

Judah recognised them. He said, ” She’s a better person than I am. I should have given her to my son Shelah, but I didn’t.” Judah never had sex with Tamar again. The time came for Tamar to have her baby There were twin boys inside her.

Observation

It is interesting in the olden days the importance they place on continuing the family line and that such emphasis is placed on women to produce heirs.  Tamar wanted so badly to belong in the family and fulfill her duty as a wife.

Application

God knows our inner most desires and will in his own timing help us achieve ours.  The question to ask ourselves is how much we want to be part of his family and what we are doing to make this happen.

Prayer

Dear GOD,

Thanks for showing me that  I can be a part of your big family and a person’s heritage is no way an indication of whether he/she can or cannot be included in this family.  As long as we keep the faith and do listen to your word we  can be your favoured ones.  Help me to understand you a little better as each day passes.

AMEN

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