by Rick Ferguson


Genesis 38:1-30

A young father-to-be was pacing back and forth, wringing
his hands in the hospital corridor while his wife was in
labor. He was tied up in knots of fear and anxiety, and
beads of perspiration dropping from his brow revealed the
agony of his suffering. Finally, at 4:00 a.m. a nurse
popped out of a door and said, "Well, sir, you have a
little girl." He dropped his hands, became limp, and
said, "Oh. how I thank God it's a girl. She'll never have
To go through the awful agony I've had tonight!"

Being a parent, a faithful parent, is an
agonizing task from day one.

I'll never forget the snowy February day when our first
son, Brett, was born. I remember the nurse handing him
to me and my holding him for the very first time. I
cried; I cried tears of rejoicing. I was so happy that
God had given me a healthy child. I cried tears of
responsibility. That little 8 pound 12 ounce bundle felt
like he weighed 10,000 pounds. What an awesome
responsibility it is to be a dad.

I'll tell you one thing: with the world in its
urgent condition. I certainly would not want to try
to be a parent without the daily help, strength and
wisdom of the Lord Jesus in my life. Non-Christian
dads are doomed to fail in fatherhood.

As we move through the Book of Genesis we come
to the sad episode of a frustrated failure of a
parent. Genesis 38 is a blimp, a parenthesis in the
Spirit, to give us a look at the life of his

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When I began studying Chapter 38 of Genesis I
asked myself why the Lord recorded this perverted,
pitiful story of Judah. What we are about to read
sounds like an ancient Peyton Place.

Then the Lord reminded me that the Bible always
tells th ...

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