Today you should read: Genesis 49-50
Jacob is on his death bed and calls his sons together to give them their final blessing. Each son got specific “blessings” even though not all of their futures seemed too bright. However, Judah sticks out as the one tribe that will have the greatest importance. Judah will bring forth a line of royalty, specifically David and eventually Jesus Christ. Jesus was referred to in Revelation as the “Lion of the tribe of Judah” (Revelation 5:5). What an honor that Judah had as the son who would be the ancestor of Jesus Christ himself. Judah was the son who God chose to fulfill the promise to Abraham through (Genesis 15:1-6).
If God chose to bless Judah then that must have meant that Judah was the good son right? Actually, Judah was a pretty sinful man if you remember. He got his brothers to sell Joseph into slavery for starters and they lied to Jacob about it (Genesis 37:18-36). In addition, Judah got his own chapter of Genesis (38) dedicated to his lying and sleeping with his daughter-in-law Tamar. Of course, he thought she was a prostitute which is a whole other issue. Judah did redeem himself later in Genesis (44) when he offered to sacrifice himself in the place of his brother Benjamin which was a sign of a new heart. All in all, Judah was a messy dude.
Why would God use a messy guy like Judah to be the line by which Jesus would come through? It is hard to know exactly why God chose Judah because all the brothers were all a little messed up but Judah’s messiness shows us the power of God’s grace. Judah did not deserve this honor but God bestowed it on him through Jacob. Judah was hoping in the same hope that you and I hope in. He was looking forward to the messiah to come and we look back to the messiah that has already come and died for our sins so that we may know God.
“And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true; and we are in him who is true, in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life.” (1 John 5:20)
You and I are messy like Judah but no matter what our mess is God gives us the greatest gift he could ever give us, Himself. God did not save us so that we can go to heaven, change for the better or keep us from Hell. They are secondary to the real reason God sent Jesus. God’s greatest gift to us is the ability to know him and the vehicle to knowing God is salvation through his son Jesus.
So my question to us today is what is your greatest hope/joy in this life? Is it to know God?
By: Chad Wiles
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It would appear that Judah is not totally off the hook for his behavior in life. The end of the blessing indicates that, while he’s physically attractive, he eventually succumbs to alcoholism. Perhaps plagued by the demons of the actions of his youth?
I found it interesting that Levi received a harsh blessing yet, at least in name, he goes on to be father of the Levites (those set aside for the priesthood).
Also, what’s with the brief foray into the first person when referring to the burial of Leah? That’s super interesting!