Read: Genesis 38-40
Marked: Genesis 38:2, And Judah saw there a daughter of a certain Canaanite whose name [was] Shua, and he married her and went in to her.
We are warned in 2 Corinthians 6:14 not to be unequally yoked. What fellowship does righteousness have with lawlessness, or light with darkness? Yet, we so often turn away from God’s best for us and turn to what our hearts draw us to.
But the heart, the Bible says, is “deceitful above all things”. Judah married a woman of the Canaanites and from that point on his trouble began.
Abraham, his great-grandfather, didn’t want his son Isaac to intermarry with the Canaanites (Genesis 24:3). Isaac, likewise, didn’t want his son Jacob to marry anyone from the Canaanites either (Genesis 28:1).
This is a lesson that Judah ignored. He was driven by his passion and not his head. Yet, the child he eventually had with his daughter-in-law, Tamar, became one of the descendants of Jesus.
It is far better to do what God says to do rather than follow our deceitful hearts. God can take our mistakes and use them for His glory, but we should follow righteousness and the light to avoid darkness and lawlessness.