God Uses All Kinds of People

To read the Bible in a year, read Genesis 38-40.
I have taught classes, especially on the Book of Genesis, in which some people have found it hard to accept the behavior of the people whom God used to fulfill His purposes. Genesis does not show perfect people, for none existed then, even as none exist now. If God did not use imperfect people, such as you and me, He never would have done anything and we would have no hope of eternal life. Praise God He uses us in our imperfections, and praise God that He used someone like Judah.
Genesis 38 shows Judah with three sons. The first two lived wickedly, so God killed them (Genesis 38.1-11). The first son had a wife, and since he died, his brother was to raise up seed to him. However, he refused to do it, which is why God took his life. The third son was too young to marry the widow and Judah told her to remain a widow in her father’s house until the youngest son could marry.
However, when the youngest son had grown, Judah did not do as he promised. His daughter-in-law pretended to be a harlot and Judah went in to her, without realizing who she was (v 12-23). However, she conceived and had twins (v 24-30), one of whom, Perez, became an ancestor of Jesus Christ (Matthew 1.3).
God used the fornication of Judah with his daughter-in-law to bring the Christ into the world! God did not approve of Judah’s behavior, but it was for these very kinds of things that God gave His Son for the world.
If God can use Judah, God can use you. Do not continue in sin, for Judah recognized what he had done and did not repeat it. Judah confessed, “She has been more righteous than I, because I did not give her to Shelah my son.” Then Moses added, “And he never knew her again” (v. 26).

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