“Judah, your brothers will praise you; your hand will be on the neck of your enemies; your father’s sons will bow down to you. You are a lion’s cub, Judah; you return from the prey, my son. Like a lion he crouches and lies down, like a lioness—who dares to rouse him? The scepter will not depart from Judah, nor the ruler’s staff from between his feet, until he to whom it belongs shall come and the obedience of the nations shall be his. He will tether his donkey to a vine, his colt to the choicest branch; he will wash his garments in wine, his robes in the blood of grapes.
-Lion in Hebrew is written as aryeh and its characteristics are discussed in Biblical scriptures as: -courageous/strong (Pro 30:30), fearless (Pro 28:1, 26:13), stealth (Ps 17:12), frightening (Ezra 19:7; Hos 11:10; Amos 3:8), destructive (1 Sam 17:34; Mic 5:8), strong teeth (Job 4:10), paws (1 Sam 17:37) and territorial protection (Isa 31:4). Lion is also used figuratively to describe dependence on God (Job 38:39-40; Ps 104:21), kings anger (Prov 19:12; 20:2), soldiers courage (2 Sam 17:10), Daniel was protected (Dan 6:19-23). Angels with head of a lion (Rev 4:6-8), Killing of a lion by Samson (Jud 14:5-7) and David (1 Sam 17:34-37) etc.
-When Jacob was old; he prophesied blessings upon his sons who made up the twelve tribes of Israel. The blessings upon Judah revealed a unique nature of an eternal ruler-ship for the scepter would never leave him. This prophecy brings out the nature of the Lion of Judah from the tribe of David as described in Revelation 5:5. A description of Jesus Christ who possesses a rulers staff from everlasting to everlasting. The donkey tethered to a vine describes the triumphant entry and furthers a description of Jesus as the true Vine. His robes dipped in wine describes cleansing of our sins by His precious blood and His name is the Word of God (Rev 19:13). The declaration of praise and defeat of the enemy describes Jesus death and resurrection, who triumphed over the power of the Devil and won victory for us (Col 2:15). The prophecy of Judah reaffirms that God is Sovereign and His promises to us must prevail; according to the riches of His glory and He calls us to always trust in Him.
Everlasting Father we come before You this day with thanksgiving in our hearts. You have been there with us and for us in all things, thank You for loving us. You are the King of kings, the great I Am, the Lion of Judah, our mighty Father; all glory and praise belongs to You. Forgive us all our sins Jesus and cover us with Your precious blood. Your promises are true and right, yes and amen we rest secure in You Father. Journey with us through out the week and direct us in all our decisions and actions that we may be victorious in all things. Heal those who are sick and depressed merciful Father and fill all our hearts with Your presence. May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ; and the love of God; and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us now and forever more. Amen
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