Shout, O barren one, You who bore no child! Shout aloud for joy, You who did not travail! For the children of the wife forlorn shall outnumber those of the espoused–said Yehovah the LORD! ~ Isaiah 54:1

In Genesis 38, Tamar, a  young childless widow, probably prayed for a child and humbly received the “duty [Levitical law of inheritance, Deuteronomy 25:5]” of her brother-in-laws to provide offspring by her, for their brother. However, they did not right as we shall study, and “sin crouching at the door”, almost prevented the Messiah to come through the line of Judah!

We can see an example of sin “crouching at the door” in Genesis 4: the LORD was not accepting Cain and his offerings to Him because Cain’s heart was not acceptable. Rather than repent and turn from his sin, he became distressed.

Yehovah God  said to Cain ,

“Why are you wroth? And why is your face fallen? [Genesis 4:6] If you do well, is there not acceptance?

And if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door. And its desire is for you, but you should master it [v.7]”!

Cain~ Qayin [Hebrew= striking fast, a lance or spear]~  does not do right, murders his  twin brother, Abel, and is driven into the wilderness marked [v.15].

Since man is sinful, the Holy Spirit, the very breath of Yehovah,  “shall not abide in man forever”, [Genesis 6:3]. Yehovah will not strive forever in our going astray. We are flesh and our days are numbered [6:3, 5]. We need to be masters over sin and death, made in His image. But we are flesh and… little “sin” or “missing the mark” leads often to more sin unless we “nip it in the bud”!

  • With sin forever crouching at the door, how do we master it?

Judah [~Yahudah, in Hebrew,  means “worshipper of YHVH”] is  Ya’akov/ Jacob’s  4th son] and goes astray. He had gone astray long before he deceived Tamar, his daughter-in-law to wait at her father’s house with no intention of giving his son, Shelach, to her [Gen. 38:11].

Sin crouched earlier at his door and that of his 9 brethren, when they became jealous of Joseph [Yoseph], envious of his multi-colored coat, and hated him for his dreams of the “sun and moon and the eleven stars [his brothers] bowing down” to him [Gen. 37:3-11] . Yoseph was only 17 and Benyamin [Benjamin] was younger and stayed behind with Ya’akov.

Sin became evident when they conspired to murder Yoseph . At the counsel of the eldest, Re’uben, they stripped Yoseph and threw him into a dry pit [v.22].  And Yahudah [Hebrew, “one who worshiped Yehovah”]  advised they sell Yoseph so ‘their hands would be clean’!

“And at that time [Yoseph sold to Potiphar in Egypt] it came to be that Yahudah (1) left his brothers [and Ya’akov ] and (2) turned aside to a man [not Yehovah!] an Adullamite whose name was Chirah [in the sense of false ‘splendor’] {Gen. 38:1}”.

“And Yahudah (3) saw there a daughter of a certain Kena’anite whose name was Shuwa [halloo, a cry of freedom]. And he (4) took her and went in to her [v. 2].”

Yahudah was even in Chezib, a Canaanite [Kena’anite] village, at the birth of Shelah, his third son [v.5].

  • Chezib , in Hebrew, is “falsified” from “kazab“, to lie, deceive, fail.

Yahudah took  Tamar [ Hebrew=palm tree] for Er [Hebrew=watchful] , his first-born son, to wife. But Er “was evil in the eyes of YHWH, and YHWH took his life [v.7]”.

Onan [Hebrew=strong], his second son, was told to “go in to your brother’s wife and marry her and raise up an heir to your brother [v.8]”. But Onan refused, wasted his ‘seed’ on the ground, not wanting to give an offspring for his brother Er [v.9]. Yehovah takes his life too [v.10]! What Onan did displeased Yehovah.

  • The custom both among the Hebrews, Ya’akov and 12 sons, and throughout the ancient world was that, if a man died without having any heirs, it was the duty of his younger brothers or his nearest surviving male relative to take his widow and have children by her who would carry on his family name. It was always Yehovah’s way to multiply Yisra’el among the nations.

When brothers live together and one of them dies and has no son, the wife of the deceased shall not be married outside the family to a strange man. Her husband’s brother shall go in to her and take her to himself as wife and perform the duty of a husband’s brother to her.  (Deuteronomy 25:5)

  • 400 years later, at Mt. Sinai, it became ” Torah ” or   “teaching”, instructions : the Levitical law of inheritance, Yehovah’s desire for our best way of life!

And it shall be that the first-born whom she bears shall assume the name of his dead brother, that his name may not be blotted out from Yisrael.” (Deuteronomy 25:6).

Yahudah deceives by sending Tamar back to her father’s home and fails to see Yehovah’s hand:

“‘Remain a widow in your father’s house until my son Shelah is grown’. For he said, ‘Lest he also die as his brothers did’ [v.11].”

Yahudah neither gives Tamar to his son Shelah nor takes Tamar to wife after the death of his wife [Gen. 38:12]. Also there are no heirs for Er and Onan.

Yahudah has forsaken the ways of his fathers Ya’akov , Yitzchak and Avraham, and  ‘errs ‘ in so many ways!

“In You our fathers trusted; they trusted, and You rescued them. To You they cried out and they escaped; In You they trusted and were not disappointed [Psalm 22:5-6]”!

  • His father Ya’akov marries Rivkah’s nieces, worships Yehovah, builds altars of sacrifice and praise, confesses his sin and fault, swears by fear of Yehovah, prays to the Elohim of his father in thanksgiving and supplication, even dreams in the Spirit with understanding! [Genesis 28:1-5,10-22; 31:53, 54; 32:10-13; 35:6-7, 9-12]

Rather, Yahudah is comforted [nacham, to sigh or breath deeply] after his wife’s death by ascending to his sheep-shearers, “gazaz-tse’own” to cut off his flock’s wool, figuratively to destroy an enemy himself, rather than through a sin sacrifice or supplication to Yehovah.

  • Ya’akov , his father, would have ascended to Beyth-El [House of El], and offered a prayer of supplication, to receive Yehovah’s open portal of forgiveness and blessings.

In Isaiah 1:15-16, Yehovah appeals to those whose heart is corrupt and full of evil:

“Wash yourself and make yourself clean; put away the evil of your doings from before My eyes…learn to do good; seek mishpat [right-ruling], relieve the oppressed, defend the fatherless, and plead for the widow.

“Come now, and let us reason together, says YHWH: though your sins are as scarlet, they shall be white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall be as wool “.

  • If Yahudah were willing and obedient to Yehovah and His Way, his sins would be clipped, removed like wool, and be as far as the East is from the West!

Rather, Yahudah goes to Timnath with his chaver [friend] Chirah [false splendor] the Adullamite.  Timnah in Hebrew means “portion assigned”, from manah, to weigh out, allot, or prepare. Timnah was also a clan with families of Esau in Edom [Genesis 36:40].

Judah Gives his Signet, Bracelets and Staff in...

Judah Gives his Signet, Bracelets and Staff in Pledge to Tamar (illustration from the 1728 Figures de la Bible) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

  • Timna in Genesis 36:12 is Esau’s son’s concubine, giving birth to Amalek, future enemy of  Israel [Yisra’el] the nation. Over 400 years later, Timnath is where Joshua is buried in Judah [Yahudah] and Sampson meets his first wife, in Dan [Judges 14:1].

Tamar rises like a palm tree to claim her “portion assigned” and right the wrongs of the Yahudah clan. Disguised as a harlot, she sits in the gate Enaim [~ ‘ayin: eye or fountain] or “the way to Timnath”! Yahudah turns to her by the way, pledges a kid goat and gives his seal, cord and staff to hold. Tamar conceives and reveals the father when Yahudah is about to have her burnt for fornication.

“And Yahudah acknowledged them [the seal, cord and staff], and said, She has been more tzadik [righteous] than I; because that I gave her not to Shelach my son. And he knew her no more [Genesis 38:26].”

The seal, cord and staff of Yahudah foreshadow the King and Messiah to come through the line of Yahudah:

Tamar holds the seal, cord & staff of Yehudah as proof…

  • Seal of the signet ring of rulership: “your brothers praise you; your hand is on the neck of your enemies; your father’s children bow down to you [Genesis 49:8”;
  • Cord or twine to bind “the donkey to the vine and the donkey’s colt to the choice vine [v.11];
  • Staff or sceptre that ” shall not turn aside from Yehudah nor a Lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh comes and to Him is the obedience of peoples [prophecy of Ya’akov, [ v.10]”.
  • Shiloh [shiy’loh] is “tranquil”, and a descriptive word for “Messiah”.
  • “Shiloh”  derives from “shalah” or “shalav”, to be tranquil, secure or successful, prosperous, happy. Messiah Yeshua promises life abundant with His peace, in Him.
  • Shelah, the son of Yahudah, is “petition and request”; however, the same name, Shelah, in 1 Chronicles 1:18, the son of Arphaxad, the son of Shem, is ” shoot of growth, a branch or missile such as a spear”, Shelach, from “shalach” to send away/ for or out, stretch forth, spread.
  • Siloam, the pool in Jerusalem, by the king’s garden is the same as Shiloah or Siloah, both derived from Shelach or Shiloach, a rill or fountain.

“And it came to be, when she [Tamar] was giving birth, that the one put out his hand. And the midwife took a scarlet thread and bound it on his hand, saying, ‘This one came out first’…as he drew back his hand…his brother came out! And she said, ‘How did you break through? This breach be upon you!’ So his name was called Perets.[Genesis 38:27-30]”!

” The sons of Yahudah : Er [WATCHFUL], AND Onan [STRONG] , and Shelach [SHOOT OF GROWTH]; the three of them were born to him by the daughter of Shuwa [ CRY OF FREEDOM, RICHES], the Kena’anitess. And Er, the first-born of Yehudah, was evil in the eyes of Yehovah, and He slew him [1 Chronicles 2: 3]”.

Watchful Strong Shoot of Growth Cries Freedom Abundance of Life: joy peace longsuffering in the Branch, the Nazarene Yeshua.

4) And Tamar [PALM tree], his daughter-in-law, bore him Perets [BREACH] and Zerach [RISING of LIGHT]. All the sons of Yahudah were five…5)  the sons of Perets… 6) and the sons of Zerach…”.

So the son of Yahudah, Perets, is ” a break “, from parats : to break out, make a breach, break away/ up/ forth, burst out, compel, disperse, open & press~ the rachamim [mercies] of Yehovah on the house of Yahudah!

“And those from among you shall build the old waste places. You shall raise up the foundations of many generations. And you would be called the Repairer of the breach [peretz], the Restorer of streets to dwell in.” ~ “light break forth..whose waters fail not” prophecy, Yeshayahu/ Isaiah 58:12

  • Job declares during his broken-mess, until Yehovah blesses him double :

“I was at ease, but He broke me. And He took me by the neck and shattered me, and He has stood me up for His target…He made a breach [peretz] in me, breach upon breach. He runs upon me like a mighty man [Job 16: 12 & 14].”

Perets’ twin, Zerach, becomes a hint of “rising of light”, from zarach, to irradiate, shoot forth beams of light, to rise as the sun; to appear suddenly, as soon as it is up!

Tamar pressed on , dioko, [ Greek ], to pursue, press toward, follow after:

“I press [dioko] on toward the goal for the prize of the high calling of Elohim in Mashiach Yeshua [ of God in Messiah Jesus]”. ~ Rabbi Sha’ul/ Paul, in Philippians 3:14

The genealogy of Perets [ the son of Tamar with Yahudah] :  Perets–> Chetsron–>Ram–> Amminadab–> Nahshon–>Salmon–>Boaz–>Obed–>Yishai [Jesse]–>  David —> 14 generations –> Messiah Yeshua.

“In that day, there shall be a Root of Yishai/Jesse standing as a banner to peoples– Unto Him [Messiah Yeshua] the gentiles/nations shall seek,   and His Rest shall be esteem…And it shall be in that day that YHWH puts His hand again a second time to recover the remnant of His people…And He shall raise a banner and gather the outcasts…and assemble the dispersed of Yahudah from the four corners of the earth [ Yeshayahu/ Isaiah 11:10-12]”.

  •  Widow Naomi sells her husband’s land and now destitute, seeks a “redeemer”. But the ‘next-in-line’ redeemer was ‘unavailable; instead he tells Boaz, next in line,to buy it himself!  He takes off his shoe before elders and the people to confirm the sale to Boaz, that he would no longer ‘walk on the land’ nor own it. So Boaz redeems or buys all that was Naomi’s husband’s, and her deceased sons and acquires Ruth, her daughter-in-law, as his wife to raise up the name of the dead on his inheritance . Boaz becomes “the kinsman redeemer”!
  • Ruth the Mo’abitess, a gentile, an alien and foreigner ,  is blessed through a  Hebrew redeemer!

” YHWH make the woman …as Rachel and as Leah [Ya’akov’s wives]…and proclaim the NAME in Beyth Lechem [ House of Bread~,  birthplace of Messiah, Bethlehem] (Ruth 4:11)”!

“And let your house be like the house of Perets whom Tamar bore to Yahudah, of the seed which YHWH gives you from this young woman [v. 12]”!

  • Naomi  had said to call her “Mara, for El Shaddai has dealt very bitterly with me [1:20]”!
  • Now, the women in praise  to Yehovah, esteem:

“Baruch [blessed] be YHWH, who has not left you this day without a Redeemer. And let His NAME be proclaimed in Yisra’el. And He shall be to you a Restorer of Life and a sustainer of your old age [Ruth 4:14-15]”!

“And the sons of Yehudah, according to their clans: of Shelah, the clan of the Shelanites; of Perets, the clan of the Partsites; of Zerach, the clan of the Zarchites. And the sons of Perets: of Chetsron, the clan of Chetsronites; of Chamul, the clan of Chamulites.

These are the clans of Yahudah according to their registered ones: 76,500 [Numbers 26: 20-22]”!

“So all the generations from Abraham to David were 14…and from David until the exile to Babel were 14…and from the exile to Babel until Messiah were 14…. [Mattityahu/ Matthew 1:17]”.

“And she shall give birth to a  Son [Ben] and you shall call His Name Yeshua for He shall save His people from their sins [Mattityahu/ Matthew 1:21]”.

May you receive this Son in your life. Yehovah has insured a Way for us to be saved from “sin crouching at the door”. If we believe on this Son and receive Him as LORD and Savior we shall reign with Him in the coming millennium and live eternal, amen.

Link: other studies such as https://kumi07.wordpress.com/2012/08/08/seeking-your-portion-of-yah-the-gate-of-huldah/ about Huldah the prophetess

other strong women: http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/5-strong-women-from-the-bible/

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Press on to Your Assigned Portion: the Story of Tamar

Tamar rises like a palm tree to claim her “portion assigned” and right the wrongs of the Yehudah clan. Disguised as a harlot, she sits in the gate Enaim [~ ‘ayin: eye or fountain] or way to Timnath! Yehudah turns to her by the way, pledges a kid goat and gives his seal, cord and staff to hold. Tamar conceives and reveals the father when Yehudah is about to have her burnt for fornication.

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3 thoughts on “Press on to Your Assigned Portion: the Story of Tamar

  1. clara bray says:

    You can live in lion country without fear… greater is the Lion in you then the lying in the world!Empowering and Fortifying! Thank You!

  2. clara bray says:

    a sad reality of life when we feel the breach, separation and tarrying apart in our heart by a loved one …his own brother…but that does not need to be the final conclusion……the repairer of the breach has come!The other half of the story is told .. Zerach, becomes a hint of “rising of light”, from zarach, to irradiate, shoot forth beams of light, to rise as the sun; to appear suddenly, as soon as it is up!The twins can live inSHalom,
    BaShalom…Thank you for making this lesson come to life

  3. Pingback: Seeking Your Portion of Yah : the Gate of Huldah | Kumi07's Blog

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