Judah had three sons: Er, Ornan and Shelah. Judah took a wife for Er his eldest son; her name was Tamar.
Er died before he had raised any offspring, so the duty then fell upon Ornan to raise-up seed for his eldest brother; but Ornan died too because like his brother he did that which was wicked in the sight of the LORD.
The duty of raising-up seed for Er then fell upon Shelah, but because he was too young at the time, Tamar was instructed to wait till Shelah became of age to perform the duty.
When Shelah became of an age to perform the duty of raising-up seed for his eldest brother, Judah still had not given Tamar to Shelah, so Tamar took the matter into her own hands and planned to gain the seed direct from Judah.
Genesis 38: 14 - 18: And she put her widow's garments off from her, and covered her with a vail, and wrapped herself, and sat in an open place, which is by the way to Timnath; for she saw that Shelah was grown, and she was not given unto him to wife. When Judah saw her, he thought her to be an harlot; because she had covered her face. And he turned unto her by the way, and said, Go to, I pray thee, let me come in unto thee; (for he knew not that she was his daughter in law.) And she said, What wilt thou give me, that thou mayest come in unto me? And he said, I will send thee a kid from the flock. And she said, Wilt thou give me a pledge, till thou send it? And he said, What pledge shall I give thee? And she said, Thy signet, and thy bracelets, and thy staff that is in thine hand. And he gave it her, and came in unto her, and she conceived by him.
The pledge was a security that Judah gave to Tamar to guarantee that she would receive the kid of the flock as payment for his union with her.
The pledge consisted of Judah’s signet, bracelet’s and staff: the signet (ring) represented Judah’s name; the bracelet’s represented Judah’s rank (his office and position); the staff represented Judah’s power because his lineage was carved into the staff.
Judah gave Tamar his full identification, including his seed. Tamar had the complete identification of Judah with her to protect her when the judgment would come.
Genesis 38: 24 - 26: And it came to pass about three months after, that it was told Judah, saying, Tamar thy daughter in law hath played the harlot; and also, behold, she is with child by whoredom. And Judah said, Bring her forth, and let her be burnt. When she was brought forth, she sent to her father in law, saying, By the man, whose these are, am I with child: and she said, Discern, I pray thee, whose are these, the signet, and bracelets, and staff. And Judah acknowledged them, and said, She hath been more righteous than I; because that I gave her not to Shelah my son. And he knew her again no more.
This is the age of a pronouncement of judgment upon a harlot that is to be burnt by nuclear fire (Revelation 17: 16).
Tamar was a Gentile; she had conceived seed and was to be burnt if the seed that she had received was from a stranger.
Tamar kept the pledge of Judah’s identification close to herself, for the time was fast approaching when she would have need of the pledge to give her protection when the pressure of the investigation judgment increased.
Tamar represents the Gentile Bride who has confidence in the power of the seed that She has received via the message for this age.
As Tamar had the identification of Judah’s seed, so does the Bride have the identification of God: the revelation of His name (the “Lord Jesus Christ”), for this is His signet; the revelation of his office as the Son of Man, for this is His bracelets; the revelation of His power as the supreme Judge and King of kings, for this is His staff.