Genesis 38-40; Mark 15

Tamar probably felt a bit abandoned–the wife turned widow, twice. When Judah withholds his third son from her, she takes matters into her own hands.

Tamar is accused, but Judah is the one convicted.

26 Judah recognized them immediately and said, “She is more righteous than I am, because I didn’t arrange for her to marry my son Shelah.” And Judah never slept with Tamar again. Genesis 38:26, NLT.

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Joseph in jail for a crime he didn’t commit.

21 But the Lord was with Joseph in the prison and showed him his faithful love. Genesis 39:21, NLT.

The Lord stands with Joseph, even when others forget him.

23 Pharaoh’s chief cup-bearer, however, forgot all about Joseph, never giving him another thought. Genesis 40:23, NLT.

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Jesus is accused.

Pilate asked Jesus, “Are you the king of the Jews?”

Jesus replied, “You have said it.”

Then the leading priests kept accusing him of many crimes, and Pilate asked him, “Aren’t you going to answer them? What about all these charges they are bringing against you?” But Jesus said nothing, much to Pilate’s surprise. Mark 15:2-5, NLT.

He will be mocked and beaten.

12 Pilate asked them, “Then what should I do with this man you call the king of the Jews?”

13 They shouted back, “Crucify him!”

14 “Why?” Pilate demanded. “What crime has he committed?”

But the mob roared even louder, “Crucify him!” Mark 15:12-14, NLT.

He will be crucified.

He will feel abandoned.

33 At noon, darkness fell across the whole land until three o’clock. 34 Then at three o’clock Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” which means “My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?” Mark 15:33-34, NLT.

But truth will win.

39 When the Roman officer who stood facing him saw how he had died, he exclaimed, “This man truly was the Son of God!” Mark 15:39, NLT.

In these scriptures, all of them, doesn’t truth win?

Tamar waited for a husband and an heir. Joseph waited to be remembered and released.

When the stone is rolled and the tomb enclosed, we wait. We wait for God to rise.

Lord, help me to remember that truth wins. Help me to remember that you are with me in the dark places. Help me to remember you have overcome the grave. Thank you that you work all things for good–that you are good. Help me while I wait.

Courtney (66books365)

 

 

 

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