Genesis 38 is nothing less than scandalous. Although a passage of Scripture that talks openly about embarrassing sin might at first affront our cultured sensibilities, the reality is this is exactly the kind of Bible we would wish for!
A Bible that is about real sinners, who make really big mistakes, and mess up in horribly embarrassing ways, just like us – who God nonetheless saves, and even uses, in his great plan of Redemption. If we read the Bible with this theme in mind, then Genesis 38 does not seem at all out of place. In fact, it sews seamlessly together with the rest of the biblical narrative.
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This message was delivered October 27, 2017 at the national FIC Reformation 500 Conference