Lion of the Tribe of Judah /Rev. 5:5
Updated: Sep 9, 2018
Powerful help is a valuable thing. I remember trying to clear our land. Every day for a few months after homeschooling our girls, I would go out with my saw, large clippers, and sometimes even a chain saw and hack away at viney growth and underbrush working slowly but surely on burning my piles of wood trying to make our country driveway look pretty. Then my husband caught on and said, how about if I get a team of men on it. Within two days, with machetes and chain saws they had it looking like a park. It was a huge relief to me.
That is what God sent. A powerful Helper to get the job done.
Revelation 5:4And I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book, neither to look thereon. 5And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.https://www.kingjamesbibleonline.org/Revelation-Chapter-5/
Ever since King David it had been promised that of His seed, the Messiah would come. The Lion of the tribe of Juda was expected to come as a King. But Israel did not recognize her Messiah King and even put him on a cross.
Peter sums it up in Acts 2: 29 Men and brethren, let me freely speak unto you of the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, and his sepulchre is with us unto this day.
30Therefore being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him, that of the fruit of his loins, according to the flesh, he would raise up Christ to sit on his throne;https://www.kingjamesbibleonline.org/Acts-Chapter-2/
Yes, in Jesus, God sent the Lion of the tribe of Judah. Let’s look at an early prophecy in Genesis 49: 8 -12 where Jacob prophesies while blessing his sons. Each blessing contains a prophecy not only regarding the future of the tribe but also that of Jesus Christ. Let's look at Bible evidence regarding how Christ fulfilled the prophecy as the Lion of the Tribe of Judah .
Genesis 49:8 Judah, thou art he whom thy brethren shall praise. https://www.kingjamesbibleonline.org/Genesis-Chapter-49/ Matthew 21:15 And when the chief priests and scribes saw the wonderful things that he did, and the children crying in the temple, and saying, Hosanna to the Son of David; they were sore displeased 16And said unto him, Hearest thou what these say? And Jesus saith unto them, Yea; have ye never read, Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings thou hast perfected praise?https://www.kingjamesbibleonline.org/Matthew-Chapter-21/
Genesis 49:8 thy hand shall be in the neck of thine enemies. https://www.kingjamesbibleonline.org/Genesis-Chapter-49/ Isaiah 42:13 The LORD shall go forth as a mighty man, he shall stir up jealousy like a man of war: he shall cry, yea, roar; he shall prevail against his enemies.https://www.kingjamesbibleonline.org/Isaiah-Chapter-42/ John 12:19 The Pharisees therefore said among themselves, Perceive ye how ye prevail nothing? behold, the world is gone after him.https://www.kingjamesbibleonline.org/John-Chapter-12/ John 12: 31 Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out. 32And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.https://www.kingjamesbibleonline.org/John-Chapter-12/
Genesis 49: 8 thy father's children shall bow down before thee.https://www.kingjamesbibleonline.org/Genesis-Chapter-49/ Matthew 21:5 Tell ye the daughter of Sion, Behold, thy King cometh unto thee, meek, and sitting upon an ass, and a colt the foal of an ass. …9And the multitudes that went before, and that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna to the Son of David: Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest.https://www.kingjamesbibleonline.org/Matthew-Chapter-21/
Genesis 49: 9Judah 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?https://www.kingjamesbibleonline.org/Genesis-Chapter-49/ Psalms 104:21 The young lions roar after their prey, and seek their meat from God.https://www.kingjamesbibleonline.org/Psalms-Chapter-104/ John 4:34 Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.https://www.kingjamesbibleonline.org/John-Chapter-4/ Matthew 26: 39And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.https://www.kingjamesbibleonline.org/John-Chapter-4/ John 19: 30When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.https://www.kingjamesbibleonline.org/John-Chapter-19/
Genesis 49: 10 The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come.https://www.kingjamesbibleonline.org/Genesis-Chapter-49/ Matthew 2:1 Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, 2Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him. …6And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel.https://www.kingjamesbibleonline.org/Matthew-Chapter-2/ Matthew 27: 37And set up over his head his accusation written, THIS IS JESUS THE KING OF THE JEWS.https://www.kingjamesbibleonline.org/Matthew-Chapter-27/
Genesis 49: 11Binding 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 .https://www.kingjamesbibleonline.org/Genesis-Chapter-49/ Philippians 2: 5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:6Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: 7But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: 8And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.https://www.kingjamesbibleonline.org/Philippians-Chapter-2/
Genesis 49:12 12His eyes shall be red with wine, and his teeth white with milk. https://www.kingjamesbibleonline.org/Genesis-Chapter-49/ Matthew 26: 27 And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it; 28For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.. Matthew 26:42 He went away again the second time, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done.https://www.kingjamesbibleonline.org/Matthew-Chapter-26/
Genesis 49: 12His eyes shall be red with wine, and his teeth white with milk.https://www.kingjamesbibleonline.org/Genesis-Chapter-49/ Luke 6:45 A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.https://www.kingjamesbibleonline.org/Luke-Chapter-6/ Psalms 40:7 Then said I, Lo, I come: in the volume of the book it is written of me, 8 I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart. 9 I have preached righteousness in the great congregation: lo, I have not refrained my lips, O LORD, thou knowest.10 I have not hid thy righteousness within my heart; I have declared thy faithfulness and thy salvation: I have not concealed thy lovingkindness and thy truth from the great congregation.https://www.kingjamesbibleonline.org/Psalms-Chapter-40/