27 When the time came for her to give birth, there were twin boys in her womb. 28 As she was giving birth, one of them put out his hand; so the midwife took a scarlet thread and tied it on his wrist and said, “This one came out first.” 29 But when he drew back his hand, his brother came out, and she said, “So this is how you have broken out!” And he was named Perez. 30 Then his brother, who had the scarlet thread on his wrist, came out. And he was named Zerah. Genesis 38:27-30
It’s important to note that Perez is in direct succession to the Messiah. He was first out but “technically” he behind his brother according to the midwife. Perez falls in line with his forefathers, Isaac and Jacob.
Recall that Isaac was Abraham’s second born and Jacob was Isaac’s second born.
We don’t hear much more about Perez, though he’s in a direct line to King David, and ultimately to the Messiah. God was still preserving the line to the Messiah, one mishap at a time. Tamar took the twins to full term, which is probably the only thing they could do or ever consider doing 3000 years ago. Children are children, then and now. Unfortunately, they did perform child sacrifices after the children were born, but we were spared hearing about that.
Presently, our fight against the child sacrifices in our day – abortion – is getting more intense. The enemy is not willing to give up even an inch of ground. It’s a spiritual battle that can only be fought on our knees.
Fortunately we have a loving Heavenly Father who loves children. The battle is great but the Sovereign Lord of the Universe is infinitely greater. Don’t stop fighting for the unborn. Don’t stop praying because that’s where the battles are won.