- This chapter gives an account of Judah and his family, and
such an account it is, that it seems a wonder that of all
Jacob's sons, our Lord should spring out of Judah, (Heb 7:14).
But God will show that his choice is of grace and not of merit,
and that Christ came into the world to save sinners, even the
chief. Also, that the worthiness of Christ is of himself, and
not from his ancestors. How little reason had the Jews, who were
so called from this Judah, to boast as they did, (Joh 8:41).
What awful examples the Lord proclaims in his punishments, of
his utter displeasure at sin! Let us seek grace from God to
avoid every appearance of sin. And let that state of humbleness
to which Jesus submitted, when he came to put away sin by the
sacrifice of himself, in appointing such characters as those
here recorded, to be his ancestors, endear the Redeemer to our