Judah, your brothers will praise you. You will defeat your enemies. Your brothers will bow down to you. Judah is like a young lion. My son, you are like a lion standing over the animal it killed. Like a lion, Judah lies down to rest, and no one is brave enough to disturb him. Men from Judah’s family will be kings. The sign that his family rules
will not leave his family before the real king comes. Then many people will obey and serve him. Genesis 49:8-10
If I was going to love God through this calling, I would need to love God more than this calling.
As I read about the people of God, I come to know a God who uses our frail humanity and shortcomings to bring about His own purposes. Sampson married a Philistine, and it was purposed by God even if nobody understood his decision. David sinned with Bathsheba, but God brought forth one the wisest of men: Solomon. Joseph was envied and misunderstood by his brothers, and sold to Egypt: wrongly imprisoned, and it was because God would use him to feed the nations. Ruth and Naomi’s loved ones died, but it was purposed in God to continue the lineage of David to Jesus Christ. Judah slept with a prostitute, who was really Tamar disguised as one; she became pregnant with twins and King David and the kings of Judah, and Jesus Christ would come from the lineage of Perez (one of the twins).
A few chapters later we see a God who declares a benediction over Judah. In this circumstance the blessing is given by Jacob, where God prophesied His will over Judah. His brothers would praise him, he would be a mighty warrior, fierce like a lion and that his lineage would born many kings. One of the best things about God, is that He knows our past, our present and our future. There are no limitations or misunderstandings when speaking to God: He is not surprised by anything we may think, feel or desire.
God knew that Judah went outside of his own people to marry: he married a Canaanite. God knew his sons were evil. And God also knew that he slept with a prostitute, which the Lord impregnated with twins. God knew something about Judah which people possibly could not see. Judah had determination, and a strong character that would bring glory to God according to what was being assigned to Him. If God will assign someone a certain position, God knows that you have the strength and the discipline for it.
Judah, then became one of the tribes of Israel; which became one of the most powerful. While the Lord Jesus Christ, in the book of Revelations, is referred to as ‘The Lion of the tribe of Judah’.
Lord God, may we receive the blessing you declared over Judah. You created Judah and filled him with a purpose, and when the time was right you called him into it. May you show us for that which called, even when we cannot see ourselves with your eyes. May we be focused and determined as was Judah. And may we be fierce warriors defeating our enemies. The word Judah means “praised” and if you find that we ought to be praised; then you do as you will. But I pray for a heart full of gratitude,and mouths full of new songs of victory and of praise. In the name of Jesus I pray, Amen.