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The Coming One

Words of Faith Final

The Coming One
Words of Faith 8-23-2022
Dr. Jeffrey D. Hoy © 2022
Faith Fellowship Church - Melbourne, FL
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Jacob continued to bless his sons…

Genesis 49
[8] "Judah, your brothers will praise you;
your hand will be on the neck of your enemies;
your father's sons will bow down to you.
[9] You are a lion's cub, O Judah;
you return from the prey, my son.
Like a lion he crouches and lies down,
like a lioness--who dares to rouse him?
[10] 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.
[11] He will tether his donkey to a vine,
his colt to the choicest branch;
he will wash his garments in wine,
his robes in the blood of grapes.
[12] His eyes will be darker than wine,
his teeth whiter than milk.

The blessing of Judah was of particular significance. It would be from this tribe that the house of David the king would arise. And from this house, the Messiah would come. In the history of Israel, ten tribes would eventually be scattered by the Assyrians, leaving only the tribes of Judah and Benjamin at the time of Christ. It is from the tribe of Judah from which the Jewish people get their name.
Jacob's blessing predicted a fierce lion-like dominance of Judah over his enemies and his brothers who would praise him. There is a play on words here because the name Judah also means "praise." The dominance of Judah over enemies will be rooted in praise. Battles would be won not by their own strength but by the mighty hand of the Lord. This was a blessing that looked even further to predict the appearance of the Promised One, who would rule the nations causing an earthly paradise. These verses anticipate the kingship in Judah, culminating in the reign of the Messiah. Nations will obey Him.
Jacob's words declared that the scepter of rule would not depart from Judah until He comes "whose it is." With the coming of Messiah there will be paradise-like splendor. This prediction looks toward the millennial reign of Christ described in Revelation 20.
Each line of this description speaks of remarkable abundance and blessing in the golden age of the Coming One. Grapevines will be so abundant that they will be used for hitching posts. Wine will be as plentiful as water with which to wash. People will know excellent health as people's eyes clear and their teeth become white from drinking much milk. In picturesque ways, the blessing of Jacob described a splendor that was to come partly to ancient Judah but, more importantly, to the millennial reign of Messiah.
The striking beauty of this blessing is in knowing that God had a plan of magnificent redemption unfolding and He gave Jacob a glimpse of that plan. God's plan started with the call of Abraham to become a people of faith. The plan was carried through Isaac and Jacob and into the twelve tribes. The plan continued as this family grew in Egypt and then returned to the land of Promise under Moses and Joshua. The plan continued through the building of the Temple and then the coming of Jesus, the Lamb of God who took away the sin of the world. The plan continues even now as we await the return of the Coming One in glory.
This will be the pivotal event in all of human history and was predicted way back in Genesis. It will come about through the Lion of Judah. In our days, we are called to take hold of these promises from the past as we look forward to the fulfillment of the future.

Lord Jesus, I look toward Your glorious return. Guide my life with anticipation of Your triumphant rule. Guide my day with the priorities that You have made. Come, Lord Jesus. In Jesus' name.

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© Jeffrey D. Hoy 2022
Dr. Jeffrey D. Hoy - Faith Fellowship Church (EFCA)
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Melbourne, Florida 32940 (321)-259-7200
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