01/19/20: Genesis 49-50; Matthew 13:1-23
Genesis 49: 8 “Judah, your brothers will praise you; your hand will be on the neck of your enemies; your father’s sons will bow down to you. 9 You are a lion’s cub, Judah; you return from the prey, my son. Like a lion he crouches and lies down, like a lioness—who dares to rouse him? 10 The scepter will not depart from Judah, nor the ruler’s staff from between his feet, until he to whom it belongs shall come and the obedience of the nations shall be his.
As Jacob blesses his son, Judah, we are truly blessed to see the Divine Plan of God continue to unfold. For ten generations later we see a descendant of Judah, David, become an earthly king. And of course Jesus, the Christ, is from the line of David (and therefore Judah.)
As we read further we will continue to see this “thread” unveiled and I am reassured — if God’s promises became reality hundreds of years before the birth of Christ than His promises for us will be realized.