In The Beginning God – Part 23

Kingwell By Kingwell, 28th Jun 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Judah marries and has three sons but God is angry and slays his eldest son, whereupon Judah demands that the second son marry his bother's widow.

Judah's Sons

Joseph is now a slave in Egypt but his father Jacob believes him to be dead, torn to pieces by a savage beast while going in search of his brothers. Before we begin to follow Joseph’s adventures in this foreign land however, I would like to draw your attention something that is happening to one of his brothers back home and the fact that we once again come face to face with any angry God who will not tolerate anyone going against his wishes. Judah, leaving his brothers, takes a Canaanite woman named Shuah to be his wife. In due time she bares him a son and Judah names him Er. Later a second and then a third son is born. As was often the case in these times, when Er is grown his father finds a wife for him. Judah’s firstborn however, doesn’t seem be living a life that is exactly pleasing to God and although we are not told what it is he does, it seems that he is just downright wicked and once again we are not told how but simply that God slew him. “And Er, Judah’s firstborn, was wicked in the sight of the Lord; and the Lord slew him” Genesis 38: 7.

To Marry Your Brother's Widow.

It is after Er has died that Judah does something that we would find quite shocking today. He tells his second son Onan that he must marry his brother’s widow! “And Judah said unto Onan, go in unto thy brother’s wife, and marry her, and raise up seed to thy brother” Genesis 38:8. We know that this practice continues among the Jews even up until the time of Jesus for we find it comes up when Jesus was being questioned by the Sadducees. “The same day came to him the Sadducees, which say that there is no resurrection, and asked him, Saying, Master, Moses said, If a man die, having no children, his brother shall marry his wife, and raise up seed unto his brother. Now there were with us seven brethren: and the first, when he had married a wife, deceased, and, having no issue, left his wife unto his brother: Likewise the second also, and the third, unto the seventh. And last of all, the woman died also. Therefore in the resurrection whose wife shall she be of the seven? for they all had her. Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God. For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven” Matthew 22:23-30. Did anyone notice that according to the people questioning Jesus, it was Moses who gave this law – yet Judah lived more than four hundred years before Moses!

Death Of Onan.

Onan was not happy about this because he knew that any children born of the union would not be considered his children, but rather the children of his deceased brother Er. “And Onan knew that the seed should not be his; and it came to pass that when he went in unto his brother’s wife, that he spilled it on the ground, lest that he should give seed unto his brother” Genesis 38:9. However, Onan’s actions also upset God and he slew him as well. Judah, you may remember has another son but Shelah is still a boy. Therefore he tells his daughter-in-law to go live with her father and remain there until his youngest son is grown and then she will become his wife also. Judah however, forgets his promise and later is himself tricked into having sex with his daughter-in-law who gets pregnant and gives birth to twin boys. Little more is said about this story and only two incidents are worth remembering, that of the Onan being expected to raise children that would be considered his brother’s offspring and the fact that the name of Onan is associated with masturbation because he “spilled his seed on the ground” Indeed, many people have always believed that Onan was struck dead by God for masturbating! Hence the belief that masturbation is a sin.
TO BE CONTINUED See Part 24
See Part 1

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I am 75 years old and retired.I like writing short stories, poetry as well other articles of interest.

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author avatar Retired
28th Jun 2015 (#)

Good work as always! Blessings!

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author avatar Kingwell
29th Jun 2015 (#)

Thank you Jessica. Blessings.

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author avatar Carol Roach
29th Jun 2015 (#)

culturally it was a way that widowers would not be abandoned to live in poverty but remain part of their original husband's family

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author avatar Kingwell
29th Jun 2015 (#)

Thanks Carol. I felt that there had to be a reason and It helps us understand something about those times that were so different from today. I appreciate your comment. Blessings.

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author avatar Helen Thomas
29th Jun 2015 (#)

'Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God." I consider that statement to be a powerful truth. I believe that ~ for the most part ~ many people dismiss the Scriptures as totally irrelevant for today ~ not realizing that errors (mistakes) are often made due to lack of knowledge of the Scriptures and the power of God.

Thanks for sharing ~ Kingwell.

Blessings.

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author avatar Kingwell
29th Jun 2015 (#)

Thanks for commenting Carol and you make a good point. Of course it's one thing to read the scriptures and quite another thing to compare the culture of today with such times. Unless we give some thought to the differences in society, we are bound to misunderstand or even condemn the people of the day. Thanks for your comments. Blessings.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
29th Jun 2015 (#)

God did watch over our actions so closely and one mistake we had it boy!

Food for thought Kingwell; we do enjoy too much of freedom compared to those times! siva

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author avatar Kingwell
29th Jun 2015 (#)

Thanks Siva. I take these stories with a grain of salt. Blessings.

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author avatar spirited
2nd Jul 2015 (#)

Good post Kingwell.

I like your comment to siva above.

Your stories contain that grain of salt in them too, that's why they are so delicious to read...LOL...you are good at finding those inconsistencies too.

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author avatar Kingwell
2nd Jul 2015 (#)

Thank you spirited. I appreciate your comment. Blessings.

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