Welcome Back! Today’s post is a real head scratcher. It definitely left me scratching my head.
All strapped in? Here we go…
This is one of those stories that most Christians are unaware of its existence. I was talking with a very good friend today that just happens to be a Christian and he hadn’t heard of the story of Onan, so this should definitely be a shocker.
And Er, Judah’s firstborn, was wicked in the sight of the Lord; and the Lord slew him. And Judah said unto Onan, Go in unto thy brother’s wife, and marry her, and raise up seed to thy brother. And Onan knew that the seed should not be his; and it came to pass, when he went in unto his brother’s wife, that he spilled it on the ground, lest that he should give seed to his brother.And the thing which he did displeased the Lord: wherefore he slew him also (Genesis 38:7-10)
After reading the above scriptures I was left wondering…What did Er do that made God call him wicked, so wicked in fact that God killed him? Notice that God does not provide what wicked acts occurred, instead he left it completely open to interpretation. So lets see…Did he get drunk and impregnate his daughters? Nope, that was Lot. Did he get drunk, lay around naked and curse his son for covering his nakedness? Nope, that was Noah. Did he kill innocent women and children? Nope, that was God. So what wicked act did he perform? I guess we will never know. It is another one of God’s many murders throughout the Bible. The fact that God killed Er and gave no explanation to his followers is not the insane part of this story. But one would definitely think that God would mention what he did to help his followers know what NOT to do. Then again, why would he do that?
As the above story goes, God, after killing Er for his unknown wickedness, thinks it is a good idea to have Judah tell Er’s brother Onan to shag his brother’s wife, marry her and raise up seed to his brother. In other words, as you are screwing your dead brothers wife make sure you fill up her womb with your seed then raise the child. Hey! Wait a minute! I think I just figured it out! Maybe Er’s wickedness was the horrible sin of being impotent. Just a thought!
Ladies allow me to ask a hypothetical question. How quickly would you be to spread your legs for you brother-in-law after the brutal murder of your husband? I would think that any lady with any morals would say “never”. So what does this say about Er’s wife? Was she a woman who gave it out willingly or was it taken by force? We will see in future post that God does not oppose rape. The Bible does not say whether she gave it up willingly or against her will. All we know at this point is that Onan shagged his sister-in-law.
Onan admitted to knowing that the seed should not be his. So why bother shagging your brother’s wife? Did he go through with it because he saw what God did to his brother? Was he shagging her under duress? None the less, he goes through with the act. When it came time to release his seed into his brother’s wife he pulls out and releases it on the ground. This really pisses off God. God is so angry that he kills Onan.
So what’s the moral to this twisted ass story? If God tells you to shag your brother’s wife you better do it! Oh, and you can forget about pulling out. It has deadly consequences.