Christ Would Be the Lion of Judah

Daily God Walk for Saturday, January 9, 2009

 You are a lion’s cub. Like a lion he crouches and lies down, like a lioness – who dares to rouse him? The scepter will not depart from Judah, nor the ruler’s staff from between his feet, until he comes to whom it belongs and the obedience of the nations is his.    – Genesis 49:8-10 

There are two pictures drawn in this passage of the promised redeemer. First, there is the picture of the lion; the strong and fearsome beast that is looked to as a king among animals. Then there is the scepter, or the ruler’s staff which was the sign of royal leadership.

This imagery seems to project that at some point one would be born in the lineage of Judah who would be a king that would bring people from all nations into obedience.

Because it is the nature of man to think of peace in terms of the stronger ruling over the weaker the family to whom this prophecy was given began to look for one to come who would be as ferocious as a lion and who would subdue the nations making them obedient to him.

That was the picture of the Messiah/deliverer that the Jews had when Jesus was born. They were looking for one who would by force establish Jerusalem as the place from which the world would be brought into obedience to this lion like king.

The primary reason the leaders of the Jews did not recognize Jesus as the messiah was because he did not come according to their expectation. Christ came to bring peace, but the peace he was bringing would not be established with the sword but be established by love.

Jesus came to be the Christ of redemption, opening the door to man being restored in his relationship to God. Once reconciled to God through faith in Christ, we voluntarily submit to his rule and become obedient to his purposes.

The obedience of faith is from the heart and no act of force or violence can produce that kind of obedience. Faith in Christ releases God’s love and peace to believers.

 Principle: Faith in Christ releases God’s love and peace to believers.

 Affirmation: My faith in Christ has released God’s love to me.

 Prayer:  Lord, grant me grace to accept your lordship in my life. Amen.

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