Is Genesis 38 In The Wrong Place?: Story Of Joseph Part 2

Genesis 38

1 “It came to pass at that time that Judah departed from his brothers, and visited a certain Adullamite whose name was Hirah…..”

Reading Hebrew scroll

So begins a chapter in the Bible that has puzzled scholars for centuries:  Genesis 38. What is it that so confused them?

Joseph’s Early Years.

The previous chapter begins well enough, detailing Joseph’s early years.  It tells us he was 17 years old, the beloved son of his father, and was given a wonderful coat by him.

(For more about Joseph’s coat and what all the fuss was about, follow the link below:

It says us that Joseph was the youngest son which, in Jewish culture, meant he was the one who cared for his father’s sheep.  You see, shepherding was not considered the most glamorous of jobs, kinda like today.  In fact, it pretty much meant you were low on the totem pole.  Nevertheless, Joseph was quite obviously his father’s favorite and, as a result, was the object of no little jealousy and hatred by his brothers. That coat was the last straw!
The chapter ends with Joseph being completely rejected by his brothers. He was thrown into a pit and sold for 20 pieces of silver to some passing traders. They took him away as their captive to Egypt and sold him into slavery.
Here is the very last verse:  “Now the Midianites had sold him in Egypt to Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh and captain of the guard.”
(Joseph in Egypt.)
So far, so good.  Then we come to chapter 38  verse 1 of which is the opening scripture. Are you scratching your head yet?
For some in explicable reason, the Holy Spirit totally jumps the tracks and, instead of continuing on with Joseph’s story, starts talking about part of Judah’s life story.  Then in the very next chapter, He casually picks up where He left off at the end of chapter 37 with the rest of Joseph’s story, as if it’s nothing at all.  What the???!!!
It doesn’t make any sense, does it? Why did He do that?  Bet you’d like to know! As usual, the Holy Spirit has great purpose in everything He does!
Well, today is your lucky day.  You’re about to find out EXACTLY what He was up to when He stuck chapter 38 in the middle of Joseph’s story! Let’s begin.

Unlocking The Mystery.

Genesis 38:1-5
1 “It came to pass at that time that Judah departed from his brothers, and visited a certain Adullamite whose name was Hirah.
2 And Judah saw there a daughter of a certain Canaanite whose name was Shua, and he married her and went in to her.
3 So she conceived and bore a son, and he called his name Er.
4 She conceived again and bore a son, and she called his name Onan.
5 And she conceived yet again and bore a son, and called his name Shelah. He was at Chezib when she bore him.”
(Tamar dressed as a prostitute.)

So what. Judah went to visit “a certain Adullamite.”  BIG DEAL.   Why interrupt Joseph’s story to talk about that? I’m sure you’re beginning to see why scholars have been scratching their heads.  Anyway, the whole chapter ends with the story of Judah’s daughter-in-law, Tamar, who tricked him into having sex with her.  As a result, she gave birth to twin boys named “Perez and Zerah.”

Here’s another of the questions posed by scholars:  Why was Judah, in particular, singled out and discussed and not one of the other brothers?  There were 11 of them after all.  Why not Asher, Ephraim or Naphtali?  Again, there is method to the Holy Spirit’s “madness!”
Types And Shadows.
In the Holy Spirit’s seeming madness is a message for us. You see, of all the Old Testament types and shadows, Joseph’s life story is the clearest depiction of the life of our Lord Jesus.
At the end of chapter 37, Joseph was rejected by his brothers and sold into slavery for 20 pieces of silver.  His brothers reported back to his father and lied to his face, telling him Joseph was dead, presumably killed by an animal.   They had bloodied his coat with an animal’s blood to convince him.  Since they had no DNA testing in those days, Jacob, of course, believed his sons.
Joseph In Egypt.
Meanwhile down in Egypt, Joseph was sold into slavery, bought by Potiphar, thrown in prison for three years, and rose to prominence as Viceroy, second only to Pharoah in power.
When severe famine hit the entire region. his brothers came down to Egypt on their first trip to buy grain.  they didn’t recognize their brother with all the “Jonny Depp” make-up on, dressed in royal garb.  He revealed his identity to them further on in the story at a later meeting.
(Joseph sold for 20 pieces of silver.)

Pictures Of Jesus.

Just like Joseph, Jesus (the greater Joseph) was betrayed (sold out) for 30 pieces of silver by his Hebrew brethren, Natural Israel.  He was taken away in chains, died on the cross and rose the third day, depicted by Joseph’s 3-year imprisonment.  Joseph was Pharoah’s right hand man just as Jesus, Who ascended to sit on His Father’s throne and is seated at His right hand.

Sadly, He was ultimately rejected by the Jewish nation.  The Messiah, for Whom they had waited centuries, was not recognized in His first coming.  Just like Jacob who believed his sons’ report,  many Jews to this day believe the fabricated story that Jesus is dead, that His disciples stole His body, and they spread a false repot that He rose from the dead.  When He returns, however, I assure you THEY WILL MOST CERTAINLY RECOGNIZE HIM!

40 years after Jesus ascended to His Father, God allowed Emperor Titus to destroy their temple in 70AD.  This effectively put an end to all animal sacrifices.  The Father did not want to allow any more of that as His beloved Son, Jesus was the FINAL one.
(Temple destroyed in 70A.D. and Jewish people scattered.)

Jewish Dispersion.

What happened next was the diaspora.  The Jewish people were scattered, dispersed among every nation of the world.  They remained among them for 2,000 years.

Then, in an unprecedented decision by the U.N. in 1948, they took possession of their land again.  The nation of Israel was reborn!  Many have returned to their land but not all have come back; not by a long shot.  They were renewed just like the Eagle:  Old mind but new body!

(For more on that topic, follow this link:

Secrets In The Hebrew Language.

So how does all that reconcile the problem of chapter 38?  The mystery, in part, is found in the meanings of the names of the major players.  The rest of it has to do with something the Holy Spirit is very fond of doing:  Hiding timelines of what He is doing in the world and, in particular, the nation of Israel. They are His prophetic timepiece!
When Judah left his brothers, he married a Canaanite woman; a Gentile, whose father was named Shua.  THIS IS A TIME LINE! Shua was a Canaanite; a Gentile, whose name in Hebrew means “Wealth. “Judah” left his “brothers” and went to visit his “Canaanite (Gentile)” friend.  It’s a picture of the Jewish people rejecting Jesus, being scattered amongst the Canaanites–the Gentiles of the world–and intermingling with Shua: wealth.

The Blessing Of Abraham.

Ever wonder why many Jewish people seem to have a disproportionate ability to be influential in the world today for both good and evil and become extremely wealthy?  It’s because of the blessing of Abraham.  They came to be called “Jews” because of the name “Judah.”
Jesus came into this world through the tribe of Judah, His choice, which is the largest of all the tribes.  Upon the dispersion of the Jewish people, they would chase after wealth wherever they went in the world among the nations.
Because of God’s promise to Abraham, they would prosper financially, which they most certainly have!  They don’t have the full blessing like we do, which is salvation, nevertheless they have blessed the whole world with what they do have.  Salvation, by far however, is the greatest blessing!  What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world, yet loses his own soul?
Money In Their Sacks.

Joseph’s brothers, you recall, found the money in their sacks with which they had bought grain. They didn’t know who had put it back into their sacks of grain.  Most of Abraham’s descendants today don’t really know why they have such a talent for financial gain and for blessing the whole world with their inventions, discoveries and insights.  Many don’t even believe in the God of their fathers. Jesus, the greater Joseph, put the money in their sacks!

Disproportionate Infulence.
Below is a list of some of the most recognizable billionaires, ALL JEWISH:

Michael Dell: Dell Computers
Benjamin Rosen: Compaq
Andrew Grove: Intel
Larry Ellison: Oracle
Mark Zuckerberg: Facebook.

Regardless of your opinion of him, Zukerberg just happens to be the youngest billionaire IN THE WORLD!  Is it simply due to brain power?  Talent?  Hard work?  No.  It’s the blessing of Abraham!
They also have disproportionate influence for both good and evil.  George Soros would be an example of the “Evil” influence part.  As incredible as it may seem, most of the Illuminati are descendants of Abraham. Sad but true.
(Mark Zukerberg.)

The list of the accomplishments of the Jewish people goes on and on and on and on:  Movie stars, actors and actresses, doctors, researchers, scientists, authors, nobel prize winners, mathemeticians… get the idea. You see, even though many aren’t even devout Jews by any stretch of the imagination, God contines to keep His promise to them.  He has remained faithful to them, even if it isn’t reciprocal.

The promise He made to Abraham was to bless him and his seed, even if they don’t even recognize or serve Him.  Many actually even hate God!  But His love and tender heart toward His chosen people has not abated AND IT NEVER WILL. HE IS A COVENANT-KEEPING GOD!

A Better Covenant.
If God is like that to those who aren’t even IN the fold, how much more will He love and bless those of us who are?  And you were worried that He would turn His back on you just because you stumbled and fell!  AS IF!!!

No.  We have an even better covenant with Abba than the Jewish people!!!  In addition to being heirs to all the promises of Abraham, WE HAVE JESUS!  WE HAVE THE FULL BLESSING!

Now you see why Judah’s story is placed here by the Holy Spirit:  To serve as a snapshot of Jesus’ lineage.  How do we know that?  Because the chapter ends with Perez who is listed in His genealogy.  The whole chapter outlines what was going to happen to Jesus’ natural family in their far-distant future…..which is happening NOW.
Joseph reunited with his brothers
(Joseph reunited with his brothers.)

They didn’t recognize Him in “Egypt” at their first encounter (Egypt is a typology of the world).  But Jesus will unveil Himself to them and they’ll be reunited at last at His second coming.  The entire nation will be saved in one day!  He will restore to them the kingdom and their former glory as well as their relationship and position…..fully!

So now you know the. Truth, Church:  Chapter 38 is definitely not in the wrong place!

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