Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | February 12, 2015

Jesus Christ, “the Lion that is from the tribe of Judah”, gives us: “Salvation from our enemies, And from the hand of all who hate us”

Today’s devotion comes from Judges Chapter 1.  Here is a link to this chapter – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Judges+1&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“Now it came about after the death of Joshua that the sons of Israel inquired of the Lord, saying, “Who shall go up first for us against the Canaanites, to fight against them?”  The Lord said, “Judah shall go up;  behold, I have given the land into his hand.”  Judges 1:1-2.

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Judges Chapter 1 shows both the leadership of the tribe of Judah and the greater success over its enemies compared to the other tribes who had more problems driving out their enemies.

Today’s Scripture shows one way in which “He (God) also rejected the tent of Joseph, And did not choose the tribe of Ephraim, But chose the tribe of Judah, Mount Zion which He loved.”  Psalm 78:67-68.

Today’s Scripture also partially fulfilled the prophecy of Jacob:

“8 “Judah, your brothers shall praise you;
Your hand shall be on the neck of your enemies;
Your father’s sons shall bow down to you.
9 “Judah is a lion’s whelp;
From the prey, my son, you have gone up.
He couches, he lies down as a lion,
And as a lion, who dares rouse him up?
10 “The scepter shall not depart from Judah,
Nor the ruler’s staff from between his feet,
Until Shiloh comes,
And to him shall be the obedience of the peoples.”  Genesis 49:8-10.

But, most importantly, today’s Scripture points to Jesus Christ, “the Lion that is from the tribe of Judah”:  “and one of the elders *said to me, “Stop weeping;  behold, the Lion that is from the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has overcome so as to open the book and its seven seals.”  Revelation 5:5.

Jesus Christ, this Lion of the Tribe of Judah, gives us:

“71 Salvation from our enemies,
And from the hand of all who hate us;
72 To show mercy toward our fathers,
And to remember His holy covenant,
73 The oath which He swore to Abraham our father,
74 To grant us that we, being rescued from the hand of our enemies,
Might serve Him without fear,
75 In holiness and righteousness before Him all our days.”  Luke 1:71-74.

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