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Anticipating the King – December 5, 2019

Anticipating the King – December 5, 2019

The Lion of Judah


Reading: Genesis 49:8-11


Matthew 2:6 “And you, Bethlehem, land of Judah, are by no means least among the leaders of Judah; for out of you shall come forth a Ruler Who will shepherd My people Israel.”


Timing is so important in many ways. I try not to be a “lemon squeezer” when it comes to yellow traffic lights, putting the pedal to the metal is a temptation. I want my clothes out of the dryer as soon as cycle ends as I hope to minimize wrinkles. Two weeks after a due date does not seem like right timing…


At the end of Genesis, the Word of God in the blessing of Jacob (Israel’s) children is deeply meaningful. The timing of the blessing is crucial. Joseph has provided Israel safety in Egypt, but Joseph will die. Israel will be enslaved in Egypt for 400 years just as proclaimed in Genesis 13 and 15. An encouraging promise at just the right time can give hope to the enslaved. Jacob’s moments with the representatives of Israel’s tribes are reminders of God’s prophetic provision. Remember though, Jacob knows how to steal a birthright. The grace of God is demonstrated in still using Jacob to secure a promise for the tribe and Seed of Judah. All humanity relies on God’s use of Jacob’s words to Judah as affirmation of the anticipated King.


It is amazing that any genealogies of such a battle-weary people as Israel are preserved. The New Testament begins with a record of the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah, the son of David, the son of Abraham…and of the lineage of Judah. The promise is intact and ready for fulfillment in Christ.


Seeing Advent as His child: ROAR!!!! He is the Lion of Judah!!!!

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