If God Enforced the Commandments, We Wouldn’t Have Jesus

As you all know, if it wasn’t for each and every one of your ancestors being born, you wouldn’t exist. That’s pretty basic stuff. And if you’re a Christian, you likely know that Jesus is (supposedly) unique in the fact that by both bloodline, birthplace and abilities he fits the requirements for the Jewish messiah (Jews may disagree on this fact).

Now if we look at Matthew’s genealogy of Jesus, we see the name Tamar (Matthew 1:3). Let’s look at what the Bible tells us about Tamar:

15When Judah saw her, he thought she was a prostitute, for she had covered her face. 16 Not realizing that she was his daughter-in-law, he went over to her by the roadside and said, “Come now, let me sleep with you.”

“And what will you give me to sleep with you?” she asked.

17 “I’ll send you a young goat from my flock,” he said.

“Will you give me something as a pledge until you send it?” she asked.

18 He said, “What pledge should I give you?”

“Your seal and its cord, and the staff in your hand,” she answered. So he gave them to her and slept with her, and she became pregnant by him. – Genesis 38:15-18

Dude, he boned his daughter-in-law for the price of a goat and his family tree. I wonder how that compares to the price on the street corners. Anyone know the conversion rate to American dollars? I’ve tried offering a goat, but they never take it. Apparently modern prostitution does not run on the barter system.


Sorry honey, but that’ll cost at least a fatted calf. Throw in a suckling goat and things can get freaky.

If I recall, God has some harsh punishments for adulterers. In fact, one of his 613 commandments is for just this situation:

12 “‘If a man has sexual relations with his daughter-in-law, both of them are to be put to death. What they have done is a perversion; their blood will be on their own heads. – Leviticus 20:12

So there you have it. If it wasn’t for interfamily prostitution, Christians wouldn’t have a messiah. Just something to chew on.


~ by kriskodisko on June 7, 2013.

4 Responses to “If God Enforced the Commandments, We Wouldn’t Have Jesus”

  1. It’s a point that won’t come across because Leviticus is treated like it doesn’t belong in the canon of Scripture. Nice hit, though.

  2. Yeah, but….Genesis isn’t making a commentary like Leviticus, like it isn’t saying that what happened is good or bad…it’s just telling what happened. In that instance. I wouldn’t take that argument as far as the creation story, but the bible is a complex guy, sweetheart. Just kidding, that’s a quote from Lost.

  3. ^ what unicornsrevenge said.

    However, when you do look at the Genealogy of Jesus, there are some like that would not be considered “godly”. Of course, then you have David, who for all his godliness still fell short, but I think it speaks (to me) that God can use our weaknesses. Even more-so that Jesus was needed because humanity has a certain and definite way to screw things up (pun intended, ha ha).

  4. great post!!

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