Jacob lived to be over 130 years old. Towards the end of his life he gathered his 12 sons together and prophesied over each of them in turn (see Genesis 49). This fascinating prophecy has many interesting features but in terms of this blog verses 8-12 are most relevant.
The heart of the prophecy about Judah is the elevation of Judah to being the person through whom the royal line of Israel would come. The account of Genesis so far seemed to indicate that Joseph and his sons would be the leading tribe. Indeed, as we read through the Old Testament we will see Ephraim rise to lead the nation. However, in due course God would choose the tribe of Judah instead (see Psalm 78:67,68).
God says that ‘the sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor the ruler’s staff from between his feet’ (v10). This indicates that kingship is being given to Judah. But this bestowal of kingship is not just a temporary appointment. Judah is being designated as the royal line forever. And this even before the nation has formed, gained any territory or thought of appointing a king!
Judah means ‘praise’ and God says that Judah’s brothers will praise him (v8). In addition, verse 11 describes activities that only can happen when there is peace and abundance. When put in the context of being the royal line it signifies that the reign of his descendants will be marked by obedience, abundance and peace.
Judah is also described as ‘a lion’s cub’ (v9) and ultimately from this lion’s cub will come the one who is worthy to open the scrolls, Jesus, ‘the Lion that is from the tribe of Judah’ (Revelation 5:5).
Further reading Revelation 5:1-10
To think about
What prophetic words have been spoken over you? Which ones have happened? Which ones do you need to pray over and even remind God about?
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