I love it when I find “gold nuggets” in the Bible. Things that at a first glance seem like nothing, or I don’t understand right away, and I dig further and the Holy Ghost shines the light on something and…wow!
This was one I came across recently. I was finishing up reading Genesis again a week ago, and caught these verses. Judah, son of Jacob, impregnated his daughter in law, Tamar. He had previously taken a Canaanite woman as a wife. The lineage of Jesus Christ was to come out of the tribe of Judah, and could not come from a Canaanite, so God provided a way. Go read it, I’m not going to quote the whole chapter here. 🙂
Genesis 38:27-30: **1611 KJV
27 And it came to pass in the time of her travail, that behold, twins were in her womb.
28 And it came to pass, when she travailed, that the one put out his hand: and the midwife took and bound upon his hand a scarlet thread, saying, This came out first.
29 And it came to pass, as he drew back his hand, that, behold, his brother came out: and she said, How hast thou broken forth? this breach be upon thee: therefore his name was called Pharez.
30 And afterward came out his brother, that had the scarlet thread upon his hand: and his name was called Zarah.
I was confused by the scarlet thread upon the had of Zarah. If you look at Matthew 1:3: “And Judas begat Phares and Zara of Thamar; and Phares begat Esrom; and Esram begat Aram;” Matthew is writing about the lineage of Jesus.
The scarlet thread made me think of the scarlet cord in Joshua 2, in regards to Rahab the harlot. That scarlet cord symbolizes the blood of Jesus. Rahab is also connected to the lineage of Jesus Christ. Matthew 1:5: ” And Salmon begat Booz of Rachab; and Booz begat Obed of Ruth; and Obed begat Jesse;”
I started to research this Zarah Pharez issue a little more and came upon a very interesting article. I don’t know that I ever found a great answer for my question about the significance of Zarah having the scarlet cord….but I found this really neat piece of history. This is not an endorsement for this ministry as a whole, I haven’t looked at them enough to know what they are about, but I thought this article was worth sharing.
The Modern Descendants of Zara Judah by Hope of Israel Ministries
I hope you enjoy this, a golden nugget from the Bible…Amazing how just a couple verses shaped entire countries and had such an impact on history!