Mothers of Jesus: Tamar

We are all living under either a blessing or a curse. To bless someone is to say, “you are seen, and you are enough.” To curse is to say “you do not matter.” Whichever of these we believe will determine how we respond to the brokenness in our world and ourselves. The story of Tamar, if we listen carefully, can give us a clear reflection of our own situation. Tamar responds to injustice as if she were under a curse, lying and stealing her way into a blessing when, in fact, she had been central to God’s blessing all along. Our liberation from brokenness occurs when we learn from Tamar that we have already been blessed by God. Knowing this transforms us into people who have an infinite capacity for blessing others, even our enemies.