Genesis 49:8-12 – Judah: Shiloh has come!!!!

8 Judah, thou art he whom thy brethren shall praise: thy hand shall be in the neck of thine enemies; thy father’s children shall bow down before thee.

9 Judah is a lion’s whelp: from the prey, my son, thou art gone up: he stooped down, he couched as a lion, and as an old lion; who shall rouse him up?

10 The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be.

11 Binding his foal unto the vine, and his ass’s colt unto the choice vine; he washed his garments in wine, and his clothes in the blood of grapes:

12 His eyes shall be red with wine, and his teeth white with milk.

Now Jacob has come to address his fourth son, Judah.

8 Judah, thou art he whom thy brethren shall praise: thy hand shall be in the neck of thine enemies; thy father’s children shall bow down before thee.

This was a play on the meaning of his name, “Praise,” but his brothers would bow down to him because he was to receive the second part of the blessing of the firstborn: Leadership and authority over Israel.  He would enjoy the praise of his brethren and eventually the whole world.

He is seen as a Lion

9 Judah is a lion’s whelp: from the prey, my son, thou art gone up: he stooped down, he couched as a lion, and as an old lion; who shall rouse him up?

King David from the tribe of Judah would eventually become the God-ordained King of Israel, but Someone even more substantial would come from this tribe; The Messiah, Jesus Christ!!!

He was seen as a Lawgiver

10 The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be.

 

There was a town named Shiloh that just so happened to be the first capital of Israel before the first Temple was built in Jerusalem.  It is mentioned as a place of assembly for the people, and was the site of the “Tent of Meeting,” established when Joshua was appointing the land for the tribes.

Some scholars think that the blessing in this chapter refers to this city, but the sceptre, the authority to rule did not depart from Judah when Shiloh was established.

In many bibles, the word “Shiloh,” is replaced with the phrase, “To whom obedience belongs.”

Christian scholars and ancient Rabbis agree that this verse speaks of the Messiah.  They see this verse as stating that the authority to rule and reign Israel will remain with Judah, until the Messiah comes and then this authority will transfer to Him.

The problem comes from the issue that scholars and the Rabbis don’t agree on just Who the Messiah is:

Religious Jews believe that the Messiah will be a strong political, military, and charismatic leader who will be well-versed in the Law.  He will be a great judge and ruler, but most importantly, he will be a descendant from the line of David; the tribe of Judah.  Some of the Hebrew even believe that there will be two Messiahs.  Their problem is that they need to verify this through the genealogical record, which was destroyed in 70 AD.  This is coupled with the fact that Israel was dispersed and separated for over 1900 years.  They will readily admit that Jesus was a real living breathing person, who, has a genealogical record placing Him in the line of David, yet they still deny that He could be their Messiah.

Why?

The Messiah will be completely human and in every generation, every person has the ability to become the Messiah, if the time is right and all of the prerequisites are in place, then that person can become the Anointed One, but if they die then they were not the one.

In their eyes, Jesus was just One in a long line of men who died before they fulfilled their mission.

 

In fact many religious Hebrews are still watching and waiting.

10 The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet,

The “sceptre,” is a staff, usually adorned with carvings, was handed down from father to son.  It would be a coat of arms, so to speak.  This signified tribal and not royal rank, and means that Judah would be a self-governed and legally tribe until this time comes.

“nor a lawgiver from between his feet,” means from his descendants.

Judah remained a designated tribe long after the others lost their identity and eventually replaced in name all of Israel.

This prophecy gave specific requirements concerning the time of the Messiah coming back.  He would come before the right to impose Jewish law, including capital punishment, is restricted and before the removal of the national identity of Judah.  They retained both all throughout history up until something occurred in the first century AD.

Josephus, an early historian, wrote that around the year 6 or 7 AD, while Israel was under Roman rule, Herod Archelaus, the son of King Herod, was dethroned.  He was replaced by a Roman Procurator named Caponius.  The legal power of the Sanhedrin was immediately restricted.  Normal procedure of Roman occupation was to remove the power of the subjected nation to judge capital cases immediately but the province of Judea had been allowed this ability up until this point.

Caesar Augustus had enough of the jews by this time and finally removed their judicial authority.  In the eyes of the Jewish people, this was the removal of the scepter, their national identity of Judah.

Members of the Sanhedrin covered their heads with ashes, covered their bodies in sackcloth, and exclaimed, “Woe unto us, for the scepter has departed from Judah, and Shiloh, the Messiah has not come!”

Some forty years before the destruction of the Temple in 70 AD, while they ran through the streets of Jerusalem and wept, a young Son of a Jewish carpenter named Jesus of Nazareth, was alive and well on this earth.

Shiloh had come!!!

He is the Lion of the tribe of Judah.  He is the LawGiver. He is the One “to whom obedience belongs.”

He is the King of Kings.

He came to this earth, died on the cross, and was raised again.

He fulfilled all of the prophecies concerning the Messiah and He wants to be your Shiloh.

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About Clint Rodgers

I am a father of 2 wonderful children and the husband of a beautiful woman who has taught me more about compassion for goofballs than I could have ever learned. I have know Jesus for many years but about 5 years ago I truly met Him and now I do my best to follow Him as I walk in this world
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