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devotion by Sis. Bala Samson
Sunday, Nov 03, 2019

PEREZ

 

Ruth 4:12”….may your house be like the house of Perez whom Tamar bore to Judah..”

 

I’ve got this habit (good or bad, I’m not sure) of preserving things, people at home would want to throw away things not of immediate use, but I would just keep them somewhere in the upper shelf, so that it may be of some use later on; invariably it has been very useful at the time of dire need.  Since we are running free school for the poor and also Children Home, the needs are enormous right from food, clothing, bed to various other needs. Let me give you a small example, when wood was bought for cooking at school, since we cook on wood fire, I saw some lovely, long, fresh, wood pieces which I quickly picked out and kept in the upper shelf.  During the preparations of Christmas drama, the wood that was brought for fire was used to make the lovely manger for Jesus. Why do I give this long illustration, I have a reason friend, God is a wonderful Recycler!

 

In the book of Ruth, while the elders bless the house of Ruth and Boaz, we see the name of ‘PEREZ’ pop up, I wonder why!  Perez? Perez is the twin son of Tamar and Judah, we read about this messy story in Genesis 38, just after the awesome episode of Joseph in chapter 37,   don’t you ever underestimate the small and insignificant beginning of people! Chapter 38 opens with disobedience of Judah going away from his brothers and marrying an idol worshiper, a Canaanite whose name was Shua; they have three sons Er, Onan and Shelah, Er, Judah's firstborn, was evil in the sight of the LORD, so the LORD took his life. Now, we don’t want to read such facts of God’s judgment; however, be warned that your reckless life does have repercussions.  Tamar is the widow of Er, who is given to his younger brother who is also wicked, so the Lord took his life also.  Did you see that? 

 

The lust and wickedness of  Judah has percolated to his sons too and Judah lost his two sons, fearing for the life of his third son, he sends Tamar away.  Tamar had come to the wrong family, have you ever felt that way? The woman pays a huge price and faces the brunt of the sins of the men folk; however, she also commits a sin of sleeping with her father-in-law by disguising herself as a prostitute.  Too much of muck here; nevertheless, God brings out beauty from ugliness.  Tamar gets pregnant with Judah, (most atrocious and immoral act), gives birth to twin sons, Perez and Zerah but Perez brings a turning point to the whole mayhem. The name Perez means ‘breakthrough’ and he did bring a breakthrough in the family because from there, their lives change.   Why not be a light in the midst of darkness rather than do the blame game and finding excuses to live the wrong way?

ANBE AZHAGE-SHALINA.SAMSON
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