“While she was in labor, one of the babies reached out his hand. The midwife grabbed it and tied a scarlet string around the child’s wrist, announcing, “This one came out first.” But then he pulled back his hand, and out came his brother! “WHAT!” the midwife exclaimed. “How did you break out first?” So he was named Pere.” (Genesis. 38:28-29 NLT).
In a (Transverse Lie), the baby is lying sideways in the womb. The head is on one side, and the bottom is on the other. Hands and feet may be kicking and waving toward the cervix. A hand coming out of a woman’s vaginal opening is nothing more than a terrifying nightmare.
Transverse means the baby’s body is lying with his shoulder in the bottom of the uterus, and his body is transverse or sideways toward the mother. It is the most dangerous situation that can occur during labor! If labor continues with the baby in this position, he or she will usually become impacted and die.
Then the uterus will rupture, and the mother will die as well—double trouble.
Tamar had twins in the womb, and as we just read, the one who was Transverse shoved out his hand, but the one who was behind him burst through. What does the name Perez mean?
Are you ready? The Hebrew meaning of Perez is BREAKTHROUGH!
Breach means a bursting forth. We all need a breakthrough from time to time. We wait as Tamar for our Father to say it’s time. As I read that verse, I said, Father, that baby was in the back, he was a breach, and his brother had already shoved him down and had thrust his hand out. His brother was lying sideways, blocking the exit ramp. Yes, his brother had been adorned with a scarlet bracelet; he had been called out to be first. But Perez burst forth and usurped his brother. Do I have any Jacobs out there?
Were you born last but placed first? Is there anyone reading this that has always been last, come up short, and wasn’t even considered worthy to stand before Samuel to be anointed for kingship? Jesse lined all his sons up but David. David was the one who shined above the rest in his heavenly Father’s eyes. Are there any women reading this who can relate to this biblical woman Tamar? Her first husband was so wicked Yahweh slew him–her second one too? Tamar sat for years waiting on the promise of a child to come forth out of her womb, and yet there was no seed–no man to fertilize it until Judah. Hashem doesn’t just give her one baby for her trouble. No, He gives her two. She gets double for her trouble. Only one is in the lineage of the Messiah! Only one breaks forth in triumph.
Any Rahab’s, any women like Ruth out there who have always felt last? Are there any who know what it’s like to get looked over at the time of promotion? Does anyone know what it feels like to be picked last for the team because you don’t have the education, credentials, live in a prestigious area, or come from the right social standings? Is there anyone reading this who is ready to shove, bust, push, wrestle, and break forth as Perez? Awe, come on, even when you aren’t supposed to? Maybe the ribbon was tied around someone else’s wrist, but you are going to Perez them.
“Then the baby with the scarlet string on his wrist was born, and he was named Zerah. His name was called Zarah” (Genesis 38:30 NLT). According to Abarim publications, Zarah– זרה Zarach, means to be risen or sprung up. “He had this name,” says Ainsworth, “because he should have risen, i. e., have been born first, but for the breach which his brother made.”
Don’t be like Zarah, who should have risen. No, burst forth! The Creator has fantastic things in store for His people who trust Him.
“From the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and violent men take it by force.” (Matthew 11:12 ESV).