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September 11, 2022 1:19 am
In this final episode of our series, “Destiny”, Helen studies the story of Tamar. Her story is one of perseverance. This poor girl goes through so much, but we see God use her for a tremendous purpose in the family line of David.
Hi this is Bernie date welcome to the Salvation Army's words of life. She so, longing for all you she is to just a a a C since he's seen in these words of life. I'm Cheryl I Bernie Dick today is our final episode in our series with the tenant Col. Helen Sterrett huge thank you Helen thank you for your time and your passion in sharing the series with us over the past couple of months.
This series began on June 26 so visit Salvation Army sound cast.org. If you missed any episodes to get caught up. Full disclosure, I go to the Col. Helen Sterrett and two of her three daughters and I will tell you not only does this woman know women in the Bible and can tell us all about them but she's raised women to love the Lord and the word, and I'm really grateful for her.
Just as an example in this final episode, Helen talks about the story of Jamar and to be honest, I've said this to our staff. I don't know this name so this is a great introduction for me to a new character in the Bible that I hadn't previously known. It's a story of perseverance.
This poor girl goes through so much, but we see God used her for a tremendous purpose in the family line of David good and ultimately the lineage of Christ is right and so this whole series has been just extraordinary in helping us to see if you go through Every episode and you listen to every character.
None of them are the perfect package of what we would consider God would use for external purposes.
Right now have some kind of back story and and is just amazing to me how God uses the ordinary for his kingdom and for his extraordinary purposes in this world. And so it's been an exciting journey with Alan. It's a short 12 weeks. It seems impossible that were already here in September.
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This is reality TV at its finest, it would make the Kardashians look like the Brady Bunch.
This story has it all mysterious death, deception, mistaken identity hidden pregnancy. A woman condemned to be burned at the stake. You don't even have to turn on your television for this kind of drama. This is real life reality and it's all truth. Much of the culture that influences our lives. Today's dark secular podcasts that may be a little off gossip inspirational but un-biblical preachers. This is exactly where Taymor finds herself in the middle of Judas family tree. Her story is found in second Samuel 13 this story is so much information. We watch and read. It makes us uncomfortable. It angers us, shames us, convicts us and leaves us on pins and needles to attend now. Keep up because reality TV moves fast. Judy has three sons air Oren and Sheila enter Taymor and an arranged marriage for before we go further, there is a sacred law that states that if a woman's husband dies and he has a brother he was to marry her and conceive a child that would be the heir to his deceased brother.
This was designed to help provide for women who were widows air dies not just dies but he's an evil man and God kills them. Judah follows the law and gives Taymor's son number 20909 was not happy about this. If there was no air from either brother.
There would be more of an inheritance for him 09 made certain that he would not conceive intentionally. God saw this wicked behavior and kills him the real loser now is Taymor widowed twice no children. But we must remember that God will always have a plan to bring beauty from ashes. Judy didn't know that he lost two sons because of their own wickedness in his mind the common denominator was Taymor. Remember, there's one more son. So Judy tells her to go home to Tim Nan and her family. And when son number three is old enough to marry, he will send for her Judah lied. He had no intention of giving his third son, afraid he also might die. It appears that fear paralyzes Judah causing him to do the wrong thing. Judah leaves Taymor in limbo. He didn't release her from his family, nor give her the husband she deserved Taymor had no rights to search for a husband in another family.
She returns home and waits. As you requested.
She realized that she was being dismissed, abused and rejected by the very person who should be protecting her.
She has three strikes against her. She's young, but not marriageable barren twice a widow. Her life is on pause years pass and Judah's wife dies son number three is grown-up but tamer still has not been sent for in order to marry.
Those years would have been shameful, lonely, and Taymor would have been treated as an outcast.
Judah is planning a trip to Temne for a time of celebration and sheep shearing Taymor learns her father-in-law plans to attend the event. She knows no arrangement for son number three has been made to marry her enough Taymor takes action. She removes her widows clothes and dresses as a prostitute and goes and waits for Judah to enter the city.
She tricks him into sleeping with her. Do these ends justify the means. Taymor's goal was to produce an heir for Judah's line and carry on the family name and it would have given her financial security and may have been noble, but her plan now is turned to desperation. Desperation leads to deception.
Deception leads to downfall Judah's downfall. He noticed her. His sin began with his eyes. Here's the decline. Judah noticed he stopped. He voiced his request that may have sex with you. Little did he know his one night stand would change his life and ours forever. The bargain what will you give me in exchange for sex. He offers a goat. He would send his payment. She also wanted his ring and his staff. This is as good as DNA today. Taymor is pregnant with her father-in-law's child. Judah sends a friend to collect his collateral.
He's told as he is looking for her.
There is no tan prostitute and he can't find the woman that Judah describes Judah seems unconcerned and dismisses the interaction. Three months later Judah learns Taymor is pregnant. How can that be he hasn't given son number three to her. Judy is angry and demand justice burn her. She's guilty of adultery because she should be engaged to brother number three, which makes her obligated to Judas family even though they didn't give her a husband. He's angry. Six drastic measures. Usually, the penalty would be stony even though Judy had responsibility for tamer all these years, he ignored her and now he's embarrassed. Judah wanted justice before tamer comes out to face what was to be justice. She sends a message to her father-in-law, the owner of these things made me pregnant.
Oh Judah. You are the father.
Judy immediately understands and declares making no excuse.
She is more righteous than I this is one of the first examples of a public confession of personal sin recorded in Scripture. God uses Taymor to bring restoration and redemption to Judah Taymor would deliver twins.
One of these babies would be the fifth great grandfather of King David putting Taymor in the lineage of Christ. This is an example of how God can take ordinary human selfishness and create extraordinary abundance. This is my last week to share with you and I would pray that God would continue to show you the extraordinary from the ordinary. God bless you abundantly. The Salvation Army should doing the most good means helping people with material and spiritual needs to become a part of this mission every time you give to the Salvation Army visit Salvation Army USA.org to offer your support and love to hear from you. Call one 800-2299 65 email us radio at USS.Salvation Army ductwork tell us how we can help share prayer requests share your testimony. Would love to use your story on their can also subscribe to our show on iTunes or your favorite podcast work and be sure to give us a rating search for the Salvation Army's words of life follows on social media for the latest episodes extended and if you don't have a church home invite is glad to see this is Bernie Dick wedding to join us next time for the Salvation Army's life