Jesus in Genesis
Jesus in Genesis
“The scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet until Shiloh comes; and to Him shall be the obedience of the people.” Genesis 49:10
On the eve of his death, Jacob gave his sons blessings. To Judah, his fourth born, he spoke these words. This is interesting because Reuben was his first born and should have been the ruler, but he sinned and lost the right. But to add to it, Jacob gave the birthright to his eleventh born. Joseph’s sons, Ephraim and Manasseh, both received a land inheritance equal to the other tribes therefore making Joseph’s house have double portions. However, by the inspiration of God, Jacob knew and was able to boldly proclaim that Judah was to be the royal house.
This prophecy is first fulfilled by David (≈1000 BC), who was a descendant of Judah, then his son Solomon ruled in his place. The Davidic Dynasty lasted until about 586 BC and then Babylon ruled over Jerusalem and Judah. However, the Israelites new of the promise made to Judah by Jacob and continued to look for the Chosen King that would rule. The Jews called this man Messiah (The Hebrew word for Chosen) and He did come during the Roman Empire.
We call Him the Christ (The Greek word for Chosen). Jesus a man born in the lineage of David and Judah (Matthew 1 and Luke 3), is King of kings, Lord of lords. He rules today and has been ruling in His Kingdom for nearly two millennia.
As our King, we have a responsibility to submit and respect His authority. It begins by believing in Him which includes confessing Him (Romans 10:8, 9), repenting of sins (Acts 2:28), being baptized into the Christ (Galatians 3:27), and living faithfully until death (Revelation 2:10).