by Jeff Lynn

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The Real Housewives of Israel (12 of 12)
Series: Roots
Jeff Lynn
Genesis 38
December 18, 2011

This is the last message in the series, "Roots".
We have seen over the last several weeks how God raised up a man called Abraham through whom God would establish a people through whom would come the Messiah, the One who would deliver people from their sin.

Again, these are our "spiritual" roots.
We are not physical descendants of Abraham, as are the Jews.
We are spiritual descendants.

The apostle Paul said in Galatians 3:7-9,

Know then that it is those of faith who are the sons of Abraham. And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel beforehand to Abraham, saying, "In you shall all the nations be blessed." So then, those who are of faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith.

Galatians 3:7-9

As we've seen throughout the last few weeks:
Abraham bore Isaac.
Isaac bore Jacob.
Jacob's name was changed to Israel.
Jacob, or Israel, bore 12 sons, one of whom was Joseph that we looked at last week and saw where God had orchestrated events to take him to Egypt where he would become a major part of the administration because of his God-given ability to interpret dreams.
Because of his position, he delivered his family who came to Egypt from Canaan to survive the famine.
This would become the nation of Israel that would declare the glory and the power of God through whom the Messiah would come.

At the beginning of the narrative of Joseph, after Joseph is sold into slavery, we have the narrative of Judah, the fourth born son to Jacob.
This seems a curious place to insert this story of Judah; but we will see at the end the reason for such an insertion.
This story is filled with some interesting turns and twists.
Judah marries a Canaanite woman and she conceives three sons whose names are Er, Onan, and Shelah.

Judah arranged for his oldest son, Er, to marry a wom ...

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