Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Missionary Baptist Daily Devotional For Tuesday, 25 January

From abaptist.org:

Daily Devotional:

Genesis 38:1-30

Tuesday, January 25

The Shame of Judah

KEY VERSE: "And Judah saw there a daughter of a certain Canaanite, whose name was Shuah; and he took her, and went in unto her," Genesis 38:2.

Judah had become widowed and was grieving the loss of his wife. In his grief he was in a venerable state of mind. He let down his guard and allowed himself to become enticed by the flesh. Tamar had been promised to his son Shelah. Shelah was of an age to marry; yet, the wedding had not taken place. Tamar became impatient to have a son and undertook a scheme to seduce Judah. She disguised herself as a harlot and tempted Judah to lie with her. As a result of this illicit relationship, she became pregnant. Judah's actions were wrong on several levels. He had an immoral sexual relationship with a woman who was not his wife. Though he did not realize it at the time, he committed sexual immorality with his daughter-in-law. The whole episode was outside God's will.

A Christian must always guard against the temptations of the flesh. Temptation is especially difficult to shun when a person is in a less than ideal state of mind. It was wrong for Tamar to seduce Judah. It was also wrong for Judah to surrender to her enticement. There is never a right reason to commit an immoral act. Christians must never put themselves in a position to sin.

JUST A THOUGHT: Shun temptation by avoiding the presence of sin.

Marc Shultz

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