11 Judah then said to his daughter-in-law Tamar, “Live as a widow in your father’s household until my son Shelah grows up.” For he thought, “He may die too, just like his brothers.” So Tamar went to live in her father’s household. Genesis 38:11
Judah sent Tamar away, vaguely promising her Shelah – his son – to wed. However, scholars believe that someone who was twice widowed was very unlucky and probably wouldn’t be willing to part with Shelah if push came to shove down the road. Judah may not have known the true cause of Er and Onan’s death and so therefore thought her to be unlucky.
As we’ll see later, following the traditions of her husbands’ family, she would get the upper hand in that family.
For now, though, we can take pity on her and people like her: outcasts, the rejected, and disadvantaged.
In fact, we all know people like her, people we should have compassion on but don’t, people that society just doesn’t care about, or people who are caught up in a political tug of war.
Is there someone right now you should have more compassion on, someone who may not deserve it but needs it? I think we all have those people in our lives. Reach out to them today. You’ll be glad you did.