I should probably have entitled this Awesome God. Reading the incest thread reminded me of one of the many little details that speak to how the Bible is such an amazingly consistent document in what information it includes, and how it all fits together over the span of thousands of years in ways that can only be explained by the perfect knowledge and sovereignty of God. Anyone ever notice how there is an odd tangent that appears as Genesis chapter 38? Genesis is telling a fairly cohesive story about Joseph when all of a sudden it goes off on a tangent about how Judah has a little fling with a harlot. The supposed harlot is actually his daughter-in-law Tamar, posing as a harlot. Then the chapter says Tamar has twins (Perez and Zerah), and with that news, the little soap-opera about Judah's fling is closed. The Bible then takes you back to the Genesis story of Joseph, already in progress. Genesis 38 is a story of immorality and trickery with no obvious message or moral, which is why It's awfully difficult to understand its place in the Bible. That's because the reason for Genesis 38 to be in the Bible does not become apparent until one looks at the geneology of Jesus. Our God is awesome, is He not?