In this chapter we see Jacob bestowing his blessings upon his children, the 12 tribes of Israel. Notice the blessings prescribed for the tribe of Judah. This is the tribe from which the Lord Jesus would come. Much of Judah’s blessing was prophetic, pertaining to Jesus Christ Himself.
1. Everyone shall bow in worship to Him (Phil.2:9-11).
Gen. 49:8-12 “Judah, thou art he whom thy brethren shall praise:
thy hand shall be in the neck of thine enemies;
thy father's children shall bow down before thee.”
2. He shall enter our world, meek and humble (Phil. 2:6-8).
“Judah is a lion's whelp:
from the prey, my son, thou art gone up:
he stooped down, he couched as a lion,
and as an old lion; who shall rouse him up?”
3. He shall rule & reign (Rev. 11:15)
“The sceptre shall not depart from Judah,
nor a lawgiver from between his feet,
until Shiloh come;
and unto him shall the gathering of the people be.”
4. A donkey shall carry him into the city where His blood shall be shed so that we can be washed clean (Zech. 9:9).
“Binding his foal unto the vine, and his ass's colt unto the choice vine; he washed his garments in wine, and his clothes in the blood of grapes: His eyes shall be red with wine, and his teeth white with milk.”
LESSON - Is. 1: 18 “Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.”
What was promised to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob was fulfilled in the person of Jesus Christ. By fulfilling His promise to Abraham through the nation of Isreal, all the nations of the world would be blessed! We should feel compelled to worship Him in Spirit & Truth, to follow his example of humility, to live godly knowing that we shall one day rule and reign with Him, and to thank Him everyday for shedding His precious blood for us. It is by His grace through faith alone which will allow us the enter into His eternal rest which will be far superior to the Promised Land of Isreal.