Genesis 38:1 It came to pass at that time that Judah departed from his brothers, and visited a certain Adullamite whose name was Hirah.
Judah embarks on a journey, one that he shouldn’t have taken, but God will again prove Himself able to redeem messes. Now, remember, those times are not these times and in those times there was danger in traveling even short distances. Not only was there danger from thieves and despots but also from dynasties and city states that were warring amongst themselves. There was also another danger and that is removing himself from the camp of his father, Jacob. As we saw in our study from last week, Joseph was also making a journey, but Joseph was sold into slavery and forced into travel; Judah chose to separate off from his brothers of his own accord.
Hebrews 10:25 not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.
Sometimes Christians separate off from the church, clinging to such notions as, “I don’t need church to worship God, I can worship God on my own.”
I watched a video in which a man, up on Mount Washington in -38 degree weather threw a pot of boiling water up into the air. As soon as the boiling water hit the open air, it turned into snow. My first thought was, “WOW.” My second thought was, “What is he doing out in -38 degree weather?”
It’s not only an interesting video, but is also a great picture of what happens to a Christian who removes himself from the fires of fellowship. It doesn’t matter how rolling the boil when you step away, because it’s the atmosphere you continue in that either keeps the boil going or leaves your faith cold.