The Messiah will come from the tribe of Judah.
Welcome back. I appreciate your time today. We have been looking at Bible Prophecy surrounding the Messiah. We look at Old Testament Scripture for prophecies concerning the Messiah. Then we look at New Testament Scripture to see if the prophecies about the Messiah have been fulfilled?
I believe the answer is yes, and I am not alone. Many biblical scholars, pastors, and teachers agree.
Today our search takes us to the origins of the tribe of Judah.
Genesis 49:10, “The scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor the ruler’s staff from between his feet, until tribute comes to him; and to him shall be the obedience of the peoples.”
Luke 3:33-34, “the son of Amminadab, the son of Admin, the son of Arni, the son of Hezron, the son of Perez, the son of Judah, the son of Jacob, the son of Isaac, the son of Abraham”
From who does the tribe of Judah originate?
Judah was one of the 12 sons of Jacob. In the scripture leading up to verse 10, Jacob addresses each of his 12 sons. He gives us some insight into their personalities and lifestyle. It’s fascinating stuff, and I encourage you to check it out. The chapter is titled “Jacob Blesses His Sons.”
Allow me to share more of what Jacob says about his son, Judah, in verses eight and nine.
“Judah, your brothers shall praise you;
your hand shall be on the neck of your enemies;
your father’s sons shall bow down before you.
9 Judah is a lion’s cub;
from the prey, my son, you have gone up.
He stooped down; he crouched as a lion
and as a lioness; who dares rouse him?
What is Jacob saying?
The simple answer? The Messiah will come through the line of Judah. In chapter 3, verse 23, Luke lays out for his readers the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the Messiah.
Let’s keep digging.
If we start at the beginning of Genesis, chapter 49, Jacob starts with his firstborn son, Reuben, and dispences his blessings and/or rebukes on each son in the order they were born.
His first three sons, Reuben, Simeon, and Levi, did not receive a blessing from Jacob because their sins directly and, in some cases, severely violated their father’s honor. I encourage you to read his rebukes of them as to why especially Reuben the firstborn is declined the blessing.
The fourth son, Judah, is where the Messianic blessing falls.
The central focus of Jacob’s pronouncement was on the preeminence of the Messianic king who would descend from Judah.
Judah’s name means praise.
Jacob prophesied four things about the tribe of Judah.
- They would be successful and victorious in battle.
- Others would bow down to him. He would have power.
- Like a lion, he would become a formidable foe and experience great victories and enjoy times of peace.
- From him, the Messiah would come.
The scepter will not depart from the tribe of Judah until tribute comes to him.
One last thing I would like to share from a Biblical commentary I study, “That after the coming of the scepter into the tribe of Judah, it should continue in that tribe. Until the captivity, all along from David’s time, the scepter was in Judah, and subsequently the governors of Judea, or the Levites who adhered to it (which was equivalent), until Judea became a province of the Roman Empire, just at the time of our Savior’s birth, and was at that time, taxed as one of the provinces.”
Great stuff, for sure. I encourage you to read the rest of the chapters.
Be looking up! Until next time, stay in the Word and stay in an attitude of prayer.
The Teaching Lady