Judah's Wicked Sons
Rabbi Yehudah ben Shomeyr
And it came to pass at that time, that Judah went down from his brethren, and turned in to a certain Adullamite, whose name was Hirah. And Judah saw there a daughter of a certain Canaanite, whose name was Shuah; and he took her, and went in unto her. And she conceived, and bare a son; and he called his name Er. And she conceived again, and bare a son; and she called his name Onan. And she yet again conceived, and bare a son; and called his name Shelah: and he was at Chezib, when she bare him. And Judah took a wife for Er his firstborn, whose name was Tamar. 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. Gen. 38:1-10(KJV)
We see here that Judah married a Canaanite woman. Canaanites come from Noah's grandson Canaan, whose father was Ham. The Canaanite peoples were a conglomerate of many tribes of peoples who descended from Ham's son Canaan which includes the original Egyptians prior to the Hyksos were black people. As a matter of fact, mankind from Adam to Noah was black. Scientifically it had to be such for us to have the variety of skin tone we have in the peoples of the world today. Skin tone, which is called melanin has to be present before there can be a lack of it. It wasn’t until Noah’s three sons who were each born with different degrees of melanin that they set the stage for the various colors of peoples of the world. Ham and hence Canaan was like Noah; black. So Judah being from Shem had a burnished orangey bronze color to his skin and as we see in the passage above, he married a black Canaanite woman and thus the Tribe of Judah was likely darker than the other tribes which came from Leah and Rachel. Bilhah and Zilpah were thought to be Cannanite women and so in the beginning a good portion of the Tribes of Israel were brown or even black. We still have Black Hebrews today, most notably the Igbo tribe of Nigeria who is by and large descended from Zilpah’s son Gad and Gad’s sons Eri, Areli and Arodi. So thus being said David, Solomon and even Yeshua were not white, nor were they black, but likely a reddish bronze skin color with wavy hair. David was indeed described as “Ruddy” meaning “Red” (I Sam 16:12; 17:42).
Have you ever wondered what Er did to offend GOD to the point that He deemed him “evil” and slew him?
First off, Er means, “Enemy” and or “Awaken”. Speaking of the enemy or our fallen nature that had awakened in Er. Jasher 45:23-24 says that Er refused to impregnate his wife Tamar, refusing to fulfill the Divine mandate to “Be fruitful and multiply (Gen. 9:1).” He used his wife Tamar for nothing more than to satisfy his sexual desires. He had reduced his helpmeet to an object and did not treat her as a wife, nor did he fulfill her needs and desire for a family. This is what the LORD deemed as “evil” or “wicked” which means in the Hebrew; “twisted” and or “perverted.”
According to the Torah, the brother next in line is to marry the dead brothers widow and sire children in his name.
Onan did the very same thing Er did and “spilt his seed on the ground.” But Onan went a step further in his evil (perverseness) by not only dehumanizing Tamar and using her for his own sexual pleasure, but refused to sire a child in the name of his dead brother as the Torah commanded, and so GOD slew Onan, whose name means “complaining” and “sorrow.” Onan caused Tamar “sorrow” and Onan “complained;” “If my brother refused to give Tamar children, why should I? After all, it’s Er’s fault he didn’t leave any children to preserve his name, so why should I do that for him!?”
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. Gen. 38:9
This passage has been grossly taken out of context to condemn the act of masturbation upon the grounds of “spilling seed,” when masturbation has nothing to do with the passage above and why GOD slew Er and Onan. It has EVERYTHING to do with; 1. the failure to see a wife as a human being and not an object. 2. Refusing to, “be fruitful and multiply.” 3. Refusing to obey Torah and sire children on behalf of a deceased brother.
If you want a passage condemning the act of masturbation you will not find any. There is no verse that says, “Thou shalt not masturbate.” The closest you will get is what Yeshua said…
Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery: But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart. Matt. 5:27-28