Genesis 49:8-13: Kingdom come

‘Judah,[a] your brothers will praise you;
    your hand will be on the neck of your enemies;
    your father’s sons will bow down to you.
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 sceptre will not depart from Judah,
    nor the ruler’s staff from between his feet,[b]
until he to whom it belongs[c] shall come
    and the obedience of the nations shall be his.
11 He will tether his donkey to a vine,
    his colt to the choicest branch;
he will wash his garments in wine,
    his robes in the blood of grapes.
12 His eyes will be darker than wine,
    his teeth whiter than milk.[d]

13 ‘Zebulun will live by the seashore
    and become a haven for ships;
    his border will extend towards Sidon. NIV

In these days of political turmoil, it is good to remember that the unshakeable Kingdom of God has already come, is coming, and one day it will be here in all its fullness. This remarkable prophecy may have been partially fulfilled in the reigns of kings David and Solomon, but it finds its FULL- filment in Jesus. Looking back, with the perspective of history, we can clearly see that Jacob was talking about the Lord Jesus, even if he didn’t know it at the time.

‘’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.’’

 This is Jesus (see Matthew 28:18; Philippians 2:9-11; Revelation 5:5, 9; see also Daniel 7:13,14).

One day we will have the Leader we desperately need. In fact, we already have Him, but we don’t all want Him.

Prayer: Lord, in these politically turbulent days, we pray for the coming of your righteous Kingdom here in our land. May your will be done on earth even as it is in heaven.