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Summary: God doesn't perfect us... then bring us into the church and into church leadership. He perfects us through change, challenge and allows His will to be done through imperfect people.

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Have you ever felt like life never goes the way you plan it? In my life, I had plans to do different things. When I was young, before even being a teen I wanted to be a professional football player. I used to play backyard football with all my friends and with my favorite cousin, Tim. We would win all the time against my oldest brother and his best friend. I thought for sure I would be a pro football player. I didn’t realize there was so much pain involved until I joined the midget football team. Boy did that help me to realize that it wasn’t my calling in life!

I played football all the way through high school on the football team but the reality is that I was never one to look for and enjoy the full-contact part of the sport. At one point, I wanted to be a rock star lead singer. At the time I idolized the lead singers from groups like Foreigner, Styx, Loverboy and even Queen. Then I wanted to be an artist… and low and behold I did end up doing that.

But life takes funny turns sometimes. There were things that happened in life that weren’t what I would consider… the things in life that I wanted to happen. There was physical abuse, sexual abuse and divorce in my family growing up. There was alcoholism and other things that I don’t need to mention any more about but you get the idea. Life is not perfect. Life is messy and actually very much NOT perfect.

As I read through our scriptures this week I was reminded that the scriptures don’t hold anything back. I guess what I am saying is that even though God is the creator and made things perfect; the whole reality is that when Adam and Eve took of the apple in the garden. Things REALLY got messed up for us many generations later.

Let’s take a look at what was going on with Joseph’s older brother Judah in the book of Genesis 38. And keep in mind that Judah grew up in a home of his father Jacob, one of the great patriarchs of our faith.

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1. Life never goes as planned (by us!)

Judah and Tamar

1At that time, Judah left his brothers and went down to stay with a man of Adullam named Hirah. 2There Judah met the daughter of a Canaanite man named Shua. He married her and lay with her; 3she became pregnant and gave birth to a son, who was named Er. 4She conceived again and gave birth to a son and named him Onan.

5She gave birth to still another son and named him Shelah. It was at Kezib that she gave birth to him. 6Judah got a wife for Er, his firstborn, and her name was Tamar. 7But Er, Judah’s firstborn, was wicked in the LORD’s sight; so the LORD put him to death.

Let’s take a break in the reading for a moment to recognize exactly what has happened here ok? First of all we see that Judah, a son of Jacob leaves his family to hang out with a friend of his instead of attending to the flocks of his father.

I am wondering in my heart if Judah didn’t meet with this woman some other time before this coincidence. Judah left his family, moves down and now is all of a sudden married to a Canaanite woman. Do you remember how Abraham and Jacob felt about Canaanite people? Not good! So I am sure Judah didn’t get permission from dad. So, probably against the wishes of his Godly father and relatives, Judah marries a woman of no or not good faith. And then he sleeps with her and gets married. Do you see where things are going here?


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Phillip Nguyen

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