Judah, my son, is a young lion
that has finished eating its prey.
Like a lion he crouches and lies down;
like a lioness—who dares to rouse him?
10The scepter will not depart from Judah,
nor the ruler’s staff from his descendants,
until the coming of the one to whom it belongs,
the one whom all nations will honor.
11He ties his foal to a grapevine,
the colt of his donkey to a choice vine.
He washes his clothes in wine,
his robes in the blood of grapes.
12His eyes are darker than wine,
and his teeth are whiter than milk.
Genesis 49:9-12 New Living Translation
Recently we did a post on the Blessing of Judah from Deuteronomy 33:7. If you missed it I strongly encourage you to go back and read it. It definitely was a blessing and a revelation from the Lord and blessed many people. You have to remember that blessings are timeless and that every blessing is ours through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. As I was studying I discovered another blessing that was given to Jacob’s son Judah before he died. Jesus is of the tribe of Judah and as a result so are we. If you pay close attention you can see Jesus in this particular blessing. Let’s go through this blessing and discover all the spiritual nuggets that are in this great scripture.
The first verse says Judah my son. Jacob, Judah’s father is speaking here and issuing this blessing. This is an allusion of God the Father and Jesus His Son. The remaining part of the verse says Judah is a young lion that has finished eating its prey. This refers to the finished work of Christ. He came to Earth defeated the devil and finished His work. After Christ finished His work He ascended then sat down at the right hand of the Father. The next verse says, “Like a lion he crouches and lies down. But take a look at this translation.
Judah, you are a lion cub. You have come back from the kill, my son. He lies down and rests like a lion…. Genesis 49:9 God’s Word Translation
He lies down and REST like a lion after the kill or after the defeat of his enemy. The preceding verse states, “Like a lioness..who dares to rouse him?” The picture there is a picture of a lioness when she is with her cubs and an intruder dares to come near. A lioness is at their most aggressive when they are with their young. Jesus is our protector and our defense and defender. Verse 10 stills any doubt at all as to Who this scripture refers as it states, “The scepter will not depart from Judah, nor the ruler’s staff from his descendants, until the coming of the One to whom it belongs, the One whom all nations will honor.” This ‘One’ is none other than our Lord, the Lion of Judah Himself, JESUS!!!! The Word declares that of His government there shall be no end.
Verse 11 speaks of the great prosperity of the tribe of Judah through the allegory of wine and vines. A normal grape vine cannot be uses to securely tie an animal to. Also in a normal case, a person would not tie an animal to a vine with fruit for concern that the animal would eat up all the grapes. But in this case, there is no concern of running out or lack so he ties his foal to a grapevine and the colt of his donkey to a choice vine. If you study this out it speaks of the vine being so healthy , prosperous and thick that it produces so much wine he is able to wash his clothes and his robes in the blood of the grapes. The wine is so abundant and free flowing it is able to be used for task that water is normally used for. Also what do you think of when you think of robes? Our robes of righteousness washed in the Blood. The person in the blessing washes his robes in the blood of grapes. The entire blessing so alludes to Christ and His grace and abundance. The land of Judea was known for being very fertile and producing the best wine and milk. This too alludes to our Lord Jesus and is mentioned in the book of Isaiah 55 as an invitation to the Lord’s salvation.
1“Is anyone thirsty?
Come and drink—
even if you have no money!
Come, take your choice of wine or milk—
it’s all free!
2Why spend your money on food that does not give you strength?
Why pay for food that does you no good?
Listen to me, and you will eat what is good.
You will enjoy the finest food. Isaiah 55:1-2 New Living Translation
That is indeed abundance!!!! The latter part of the this particular blessing of Judah speaks of abundance, luxury and only the very finest and best. This is our Lord Jesus and this is the tribe that we are of and it is He Whose we are!!! This is what He has provided for us. ONLY THE BEST!!! Be sure not to settle for less.
All the ‘blessed’ to you!!! Shalom!