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Judah & Tamar with Danielle Zapchenk #102



Today I am sharing one of my last messages for our Summer Sermon Series. We will be back to our regularly scheduled programming next week. Thanks for switching gears a bit to allow us at The Parable Podcast a little space to enjoy these last few days with our kids before school starts. This message was a previous message I shared at our home church of West Ridge. I hope you enjoy this message today and it encourages you wherever you are.


Message Notes

“Do not take advantage of the widow or the fatherless. If you do and they cry out to me, I will certainly hear their cry.” Exodus 22:22


Tamar harbored deep resentment toward her father-in-law because she knew by this time that Shelah had grown up, but she had not been given to him in marriage as Judah had promised. Genesis 38:14


13… Tamar learned that her father-in-law would be coming to Timnah to shear his sheep, 14 she took off her widow’s clothes, put on a veil to conceal her true identity, and sat down at the entrance to Enaim along the road to Timnah. … 15 When Judah passed by and saw her, he thought she was a prostitute because she had her face covered. 16 He decided to proposition her. Genesis 38:13-16


It was the owner of these items who made me pregnant. Please, take a close look and tell me whose personal seal, cord, and walking stick these are. Genesis 38:25


“Jesus: Let the first stone be thrown by the one among you who has not sinned." John 8:11


1. Deny, Deny, Deny

2. Shifting Blame

3. Own up to it


“Tamar is more righteous than him”


A Father to the fatherless, a defender of widows. - Psalm 68:5


“Certainly the faithful love of the LORD hasn’t ended; certainly God’s compassion isn’t through! Lamentations 3:22


God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8


Reflection Questions 1. Journal about a time that seemed so obscure and out of whack in your life and looking back now you can see God's hand at work for a certain reason in your life?

2. A prayer for yourself this week: God thank you that I can be saved by your unconditional Grace.

I believe you love me more than I can comprehend.

God thank you for sending your son Jesus so he could die for me.

I lay everything at your feet and give my life to you.

All I can say is thank you. Amen.


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