G E N E S I S
This chapter gives us an account of Judah and his
family, and such an account it is that one would wonder that, of
all Jacob's sons, our Lord should spring out of Judah, Heb. vii. 14. If we were to form a
character of him by this story, we should not say, "Judah, thou art
he whom thy brethren shall praise," ch. xlix. 8. But God will show that his
choice is of grace and not of merit, and that Christ came into the
world to save sinners, even the chief, and is not ashamed, upon
their repentance, to be allied to them, also that the worth and
worthiness of Jesus Christ are personal, of himself, and not
derived from his ancestors. Humbling himself to be "made in the
likeness of sinful flesh," he was pleased to descend from some that
were infamous. How little reason had the Jews, who were so called
from this Judah, to boast, as they did, that they were not born of
fornication! John viii. 41.
We have, in this chapter, I. Judah's marriage and issue, and the
untimely death of his two eldest sons, ver. 1-11. II. Judah's incest with his
daughter-in-law Tamar, without his knowing it, ver. 12-23. III. His confusion, when it
was discovered, ver.
24-26. IV. The birth of his twin sons, in whom his
family was built up, ver.