Friday 18th October, 2019

Theme: Do Not Judge

Passage: Genesis 38: 24 – 30

24 About three months later someone told Judah, “Your daughter-in-law Tamar has been acting like a whore, and now she is pregnant.”

Judah ordered, “Take her out and burn her to death.”

25 As she was being taken out, she sent word to her father-in-law: “I am pregnant by the man who owns these things. Look at them and see whose they are—this seal with its cord and this walking stick.”

26 Judah recognized them and said, “She is in the right. I have failed in my obligation to her—I should have given her to my son Shelah in marriage.” And Judah never had intercourse with her again.

27 When the time came for her to give birth, it was discovered that she was going to have twins. 28 While she was in labor, one of them put out an arm; the midwife caught it, tied a red thread around it, and said, “This one was born first.” 29 But he pulled his arm back, and his brother was born first. Then the midwife said, “So this is how you break your way out!” So he was named Perez. 30 Then his brother was born with the red thread on his arm, and he was named Zerah.

When Tamar revealed she was pregnant, Judah, who unknowingly had made her pregnant, moved to have her killed, “Bring her out and have her burned to death” (Genesis 38:24). Judah saw no harm in hiring a prostitute for a night; after all, he was more than willing to pay. He was ready to judge and execute Tamar. Often, the sins we try to cover up are those that anger us most when we see them in others. You may have a similar tendency to sin that you don’t wish to face. When we admit our sins and ask God to forgive us, forgiving others becomes easier. Our Lord Jesus Christ commanded us not to judge or condemn others, instead we are to forgive. “Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven”. (Luke 6:37).

It is dangerous to make pronouncements about people, to slander them and to roundly criticize them in public. We run the very real risk of misjudging them. Gossip is one variety of judging without the benefit of cross- examination and hearing from the accused person. Gossip slanders a person’s good name with no way for him to defend himself. And all too often, the gossips are wrong. Always remember “What you sow, you shall reap”. If we are critical rather than being compassionate, we will also receive criticism. If we treat others generously, graciously, and compassionately, however, these qualities will come back to us in full measure. We are to love others, not judge them.

MEMORY VERSE: Luke 6: 37. “Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and you shall not be condemned: forgive, and you shall be forgiven”.

HYMN: MHB 498- ROCK of Ages, cleft for me

PRAYER: Gracious God, open my eyes to always see and react to every issue in accordance with your love and perfect will, in Jesus’ Name I Pray, Amen.

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