1/25/2018 Genesis Chapters 38-40
So, in the midst of the history of Joseph we have a bit of an “interlude,” the life of Judah in Canaan. But this interlude provides an additional insight into the immorality present during this time & another example of the faithfulness of the Lord to His people.
After Joseph is sold into slavery we see Judah leave his other brothers and father and move to Adullam, a town in Canaan. So, not only has Jacob now “lost” Joseph he has lost Judah. Chapter 38 provides the summary of Judah’s life in Adullam. A life that has more twists and turns than an episode of the old soap opera “Dallas,” complete with sudden deaths, treachery, sexual immorality and the birth of several sons. The final two mentioned are twins whose births are the results of the deception of Judah’s own daughter-in-law and Judah’s immorality. The twins are Zerah and Perez.
Again, the names sometimes appear to be just a small detail. But one commentator highlighted “Perez” and then referenced Matthew 1:3 and Luke 3:33.
Take a look at these passages and the continued lineage. You will see that out of all of this corruption God’s promise is continuing to be fulfilled. He is going to accomplish what He has promised us often in spite of us.