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Who is the Lion of Judah?
Jesus , of course, is the Lion of the Tribe of Judah as designated in Revelation 5:5. He went out as the sacrificial Lamb, but soon will return as the Lion of Judah to Judge the world.
And I saw in the righthand of Him who sat on the throne a scroll written inside and on the back, sealed with seven seals. Then I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, “Who is worthy to open the scroll and to loose its seals?” And no one in heaven or on the earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll, or to look at it. So I wept much, because no one was found worthy to open and read the scroll, or to look at it. But one of the elders said to me, “Do not weep. Behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has prevailed to open the scroll and to loose its seven seals.” (Revelation 5:1-5)
The scroll is the title deed to earth which Jesus snatched back from the Devil (in Jesus’ time, title deeds had the reference ID on the outside and the details on the inside)
God the Father is holding it – seven seals means completeness
Who is worthy? – no one, so the Apostle John wept
But Jesus, the Lion of the Tribe of Judah is worthy because he has prevailed in His mission as the Lamb of God who conquered death and the devil on the cross
He is also the Root of David meaning his bloodline goes back to David
But what is the significance of calling Jesus the Lion of the Tribe of Judah?
Judah was the 4th son of Jacob who fathered the 12 tribes of Israel
Why didn’t Jesus descend from the 1st son Reuben? Or from Joseph about whom it was foretold that all the other brothers would one day bow down and worship him?
Well, Reuben committed incest with his father’s wife
The 2nd & 3rd sons (Simeon & Levi) had the blood of the Schechemites on their hands after avenging their sister Dinah’s rape
Birthrights traditionally went to the first son, but in this case the birthright fell to the 4th son Judah
Judah was no saint either; he married a Caananite woman in opposition to God’s command to marry within the Jewish clan; he then went back on his word to his son’s widow Tamar, who later seduced him as a prostitute and produced a son Perez, who was the next link in the bloodline that eventually led to Jesus
King David was also from Judah’s bloodline which is why Jesus is called the Root of David about whom it was prophesied, the throne of David shall be established before the Lord forever (1Kings 2:45)
But the first prophecy of the never–ending Kingdom of Jesus was given by Jacob on his deathbed:
Judah, you are he whom your brothers shall praise; Your hand shall be on the neck of your enemies; Your father’s children shall bow down before you. Judah is a lion’s whelp; From the prey, my son, you have gone up. He bows down, he lies down as a lion; And as a lion, who shall rouse him? 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. Binding his donkey to the vine, and his donkey’s colt to the choice vine, He washed his garments in wine, and his clothes in the blood of grapes. His eyes are darker than wine, and his teeth whiter than milk. (Genesis 49:8-12)
The name Judah literally means praise in Hebrew
Judah is a ‘lion’s whelp‘ – in Jesus‘ first coming He was the sacrificial Lamb of God, in His second coming He will return as the Lion of Judah
“From the prey (i.e. sacrificial lamb), He has gone up (i.e. was resurrected) to lie down as a lion” (i.e. from the whelp to the full grown Lion of Judah)
“And, as a lion, who shall rouse him?” (i.e. Satan is no match for the coming Lion of Judah)
“The scepter shall not depart from Judah” (i.e. He will rule forever)
Jesus has fulfilled the law so now the “lawgiver is between His feet until Shiloh comes” (Shiloh is another name for Jesus)
Note also the prophecy about “binding the donkey to the vine” (as Jesus did on His triumphal ride into Jerusalem)
“Washed his garments in wine and his clothes in the blood of grapes” (by His shed blood we are healed & saved)
But when He comes back as the Lion of Judah, “His eyes are darker than wine”(i.e. the all-consuming fire)
But, his “teeth are whiter than milk” (i.e. totally pure, the fullness of righteousness)
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