Bowie Apostolic Church
Day 4: The Lion of Judah
by From the Pastor's Desk on March 4th, 2013

Genesis 49:8–10 “Judah, your brothers will praise you. You will grasp your enemies by the neck. All your relatives will bow before you. 9 Judah, my son, is a young lion that has finished eating its prey. Like a lion he crouches and lies down; like a lioness—who dares to rouse him? 10 The scepter will not depart from Judah, nor the ruler’s staff from his descendants, until the coming of the one to whom it belongs, the one whom all nations will honor. (New Living Translation)

Genesis 49:10 The scepter shall not leave Judah; he’ll keep a firm grip on the command staff until the ultimate ruler comes and the nations obey him. (The Message Bible)

Revelation 5:5 And one of the elders said to me, “Weep no more; behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has conquered, so that he can open the scroll and its seven seals.”
As I write this, I am still amazed at how early on and how often in scripture the foretelling of Jesus is given. For many, there was just a glimpse of the future. From generation to generation, they only saw a part. We are blessed to see the whole.

We saw that Abraham’s seed would bless all nations and that Isaac would be the son that this promise would be fulfilled through. We know that Esau gave up his birthright to Jacob, who would go on to be renamed by God as Israel. Israel had 12 sons, but scripture says something profound about one of them. When Israel (Jacob) blessed his sons, there is something prophetic that is uttered. First, there is a reference to Judah (which means praise) being praised by his brethren and that they would bow before him. Judah was not even the first born of the family (a very prestigious place in the family), so this is odd. The bible goes on to say that Judah is as a lion. This refers to the tenacity and resilience of this son and his descendants. But there is more to this.

As students of scripture, we know that the son Judah became the tribe of Judah. We also know that 10 of the other tribes were lost and assimilated into the ancient Assyrian empire which left only the descendants of 3 sons: Levi, Benjamin and Judah. Judah also was captured by the Babylonians, but they were preserved as a tribe and a nation. God is faithful to His word. If Judah had lost its lineage just as the other 10 tribes had, there would be no way to prove the lineage of the Messiah. God preserved them as a fulfillment to His word.

Although, there is some differences in translation from the King James Version’s mention of Shiloh, the newer translations actually translate Shiloh’s meaning rather than using it as a proper name. Many modern translations do this and it is perfectly valid. Shiloh is not a person. It means either “that which belongs to him” or “whose it is.” Thus we have the rendering in New Living Translation “The scepter will not depart from Judah, nor the ruler’s staff from his descendants, until the coming of the one to whom it belongs, the one whom all nations will honor.” The One to whom the staff of Judah belongs is Jesus Christ. For this reason, in light of this scripture, the bible rightly refers to Jesus as the Lion of the Tribe of Judah!

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