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- ABRAHAM: This man’s family definitely had some dysfunctional moments!! Abraham pretends that Sarah is his sister, he had a child with another woman, he nearly sacrificed Isaac…but God used him to change the world.
- KING DAVID: This dude was jacked! He sees Bathsheeba bathing, skinny dipping, getting naked on the roof so David calls for her and hooks up with her while her husband is on the front lines of the battle. King David’s son raped his half sister Tamar. The scriptures state that Tamar begged Amnon not to “do this wicked thing”. Later Tamar’s full brother Absalom would have Amnon killed in retaliation. And David was called “A man after God’s own heart.”
- TAMAR: Er married a Gentile woman named … Tamar. Er died and his brother Onan rose up to do his brotherly duty by marrying Tamar. But he, too, suddenly died, leaving Tamar both husbandless and childless—a kind of twin curse in those days. So because she was impatient and unwilling to wait for God to supply her need, she hatched a scheme to cause her father-in-law Judah to sleep with her. Her plan was simple: Dressing up as a shrine prostitute, she seduced Judah into sleeping with her, whereupon she became pregnant and gave birth to twin boys—Perez and Zerah. Tamar is strange, jacked up, dysfunctional and this is the kind of people that made up Jesus’ family tree.
- JACOB: Jacob has thirteen kiddo’s. That’s not a dysfunctional problem, that’s more of a “keep it in your pants” problem! Okay, however, he had those thirteen kids with four different women. Jacob favored one son over the others, those other brothers threw him down a well, sold him into slavery and then told their father he was dead. This is one jacked up family!! But Jacob is known as the guy that finished strong.
My story is that when I got married 18 years ago I was a lust crazed, angry, controlling, make my wife and kiddos walk on egg shells, intentionally make them feel guilty, knock holes in the wall husband.
But by the supernatural power of God I have been changed. God has reversed the curse. God has turned me around and God is using Team Sprad to change families all over the globe!
Do you have a strange, jacked up, dysfunctional family that God has changed? Please leave a comment and share you’re story?