Transquotation: Genesis 38:29-30

18 Jan

Hello again!

This is what God gave me today in His word:


When Judah saw her, he thought she was a prostitute, for she had covered her face. He turned to her at the roadside and said, “Come, let me come in to you,” for he did not know that she was his daughter-in-law. She said, “What will you give me, that you may come in to me?” (Genesis 38:15-16)

But as he drew back his hand, behold, his brother came out. And she said, “What a breach you have made for yourself!” Therefore his name was called Perez. Afterward his brother came out with the scarlet thread on his hand, and his name was called Zerah. (Genesis 38:29-30)


We sinned; we fell short of the glory of God. And through that sin came a breach between us and God. Yet then came grace! Then came a rising of the light and a receding of darkness when Jesus saved us by dying for us on the cross!

Explanation of the transquote:

I’ll say this as bluntly as possible: you have sinned, I have sinned, your neighbor has sinned, your best friend has sinned, and the person who lives on the other side of the world from you has, you guessed it, sinned. Ever since Adam and Eve fell all people have sinned; all have become separated from God. It’s a simple and sad fact of life… And then came the “rising of the light.” Through the same sin that sent us running from God and God running from our vile evilness, came Jesus. Because we were sinful, God became merciful. He sent his one and only son down to Earth to take our sin upon His shoulders and die for us. And so, what Satan intended for Evil, God used for good; the good of us now being able to have a personal relationship with Him. Before, God was an imposing force who we needed to appease, now He’s our friend, or confident, the one we run to when we’re scared. Now He’s Abba, Father, and all-mighty, all-powerful, God.

Now the cries of, “What a breach you have made between yourself and God!” have turned to shouts of, “Praise God that He has seen fit to send His son to repair the breach!”

You may have already guessed this by now, but here are the meanings of the names of the two sons which Tamar and Judah had:

Perez: A Breach

Zerah: Rising of Light

New Testament confirmation:

But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8)

Context confirmation:

About three months later Judah was told, “Tamar your daughter-in-law has been immoral. Moreover, she is pregnant by immorality.” And Judah said, “Bring her out, and let her be burned.” (Genesis 38:24)

Through our sin we were to be burned (in Hell). That’s one comparison. Another would be that neither of us ended up actually getting burned; though, granted, for very different reasons… — This supports the transquote by supporting the connection between us and Tamar.

You are Loved!

Joshua Cleveland


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2 responses to “Transquotation: Genesis 38:29-30

  1. Martha L Shaw

    January 19, 2012 at 4:11 AM

    Hi, I just nominated you for a Versatile Blogger Award. Just go to my blog and you’ll see my post about it and you can then copy the image of the award and make the appropriate post to your blog. Blessings, Martha


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