For further reading see Genesis 38:1-30
We are in a pandemic, with all sorts of issues arising. Difficult times are worst for the most vulnerable. Those without family support, those with uncertain unemployment, those who are carrying any extra burden. In Tamar’s time, women were very dependent on male members of the family, on fathers, husbands, and sons. Therefore, the Bible constantly talks about needing to look after widows. The law that Judah refuses to honour here is one which ensured a family line continued, but also provided for women into the future. Tamar (Jesus’ ancestor) turns to a desperate measure. Although we might at first glance consider her sinful, as Judah realises, she is more righteous than himself. He has failed to look after someone with less power than himself. This is a timely reminder to us that we are called to show special consideration for those who have less power and resources.
Question: Who are the ‘Tamar’s of our time, and how can we consider them in what we do?
Prayer: Lord, I confess that I often fail to consider how the most vulnerable in society are affected by events. Give me compassion and help me to listen and act when they tell me what they need. Amen.