Abraham becomes the patriarch of the nation of Israel beginning around 2000 BC. His son Isaac marries Rebekah and they have twin sons Jacob and Esau. It becomes a classic family feud between the two brothers that lasts for centuries, and has a significant connection to King Herod and baby Jesus, which we will see later on in this series. The brother Jacob is chosen by God, takes the name Israel, and has 12 sons who become the 12 tribes of Israel. The other brother Esau is angry at God, never repents, and his descendants (the Edomites) become a violent nation that is in perpetual conflict with Israel.
From Jacob’s 12 sons, the tribe of Judah becomes the line of King David and is mentioned here in this third prophecy as also being the line of the coming Messiah.
Genesis 49:1, 8-10
Then Jacob (on his deathbed) called his sons and said, “Gather around, and I will tell you what will happen to you in the days to come.
Judah, your brothers will praise you.
Your hand will be on the necks of your enemies;
your father’s sons will bow down to you.
Judah is a young lion—
my son, you return from the kill.
He crouches; he lies down like a lion
or a lioness—who dares to rouse him?
The scepter will not depart from Judah
or the staff from between his feet
until He whose right it is comes
and the obedience of the peoples belongs to Him.”
A dying Jacob saw the day of Christ. He lived by faith in a Messiah to come. We can now live by faith in a Messiah that has already come! We can know Him. The prophecy of Jesus Christ is here.
I pray that you will know the peace that only Jesus Christ can bring – an everlasting peace full of true joy that can never be taken away.
* Merry Christmas *