The heart-wrenching disappointment and moral failures of Jacob’s sons continues as we read through the book of Genesis. The remaining eleven sons, future tribe leaders of Israel, led their father to believe that his beloved son Joseph had been killed by a wild animal. Jacob was inconsolable. At that time, the Bible records that Judah left his brothers and married a Canaanite woman. While the name Judah means “to praise” or “to thank”, the things we learn about Judah are anything but praiseworthy. Even in ancient culture, much of the things that Judah did were awful. He was living and working to please himself. His responsibilities or expectations were sizable in his day, but the Bible remains truthful about human nature and how we live. The truth is told and exposed so that we can understand how the LORD deals with us in our imperfections. This story is separated from the rest of the on-going narrative about Jacob. It seems that God desires us to hear and understand how men fail and how He works in and through their failure.
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