Judah recognized [them] and said, “She is more in the right than I, since I did not give her to my son Shelah.” And he did not know her intimately again. – Genesis 38:26
Sounds like some kind of poultry horror film, doesn’t it? Well, maybe it is. Have you ever heard the proverb, “The chickens have come home to roost”? It means that our wrongful actions have consequences and that usually, in the end, we ourselves are the ones who experience them.
Judah did not keep his promise to his daughter-in-law (Tamar) that required him to provide her with another husband when her first husband (Judah’s son) died. As a result, Tamar made the decision to deceive Judah and make him the father of her twin boys. When Judah realized his mistake, he was forced to take responsibility and acknowledge his sinful and unjust actions.
In this life, we often make mistakes. Sometimes these “mistakes” are actually unjust actions and they are intentional. Our actions may even go undetected and we might begin to think that we have escaped the consequences, yet this is, in fact, impossible. Do not be deceived. All sin has consequences. In this life … or at the judgment … your “chickens will always come home to roost.”