W.I.S.H. – Weekly Insights for Spiritual Health 01-05-2022
Read: Genesis 49:8-12
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, 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 to whom it belongs shall come and the obedience of the nations shall be 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.
I am continuing my series “the names of Jesus” into the New Year. This New Year one of my resolutions is to do more regular pleasure reading. I thought I might begin by reading “The Narnia Chronicles” by C.S. Lewis. If you have never read that 7 book series, it is a delight, and is really for all ages. It’s been 30 years since I read them, and it’s time to read them again. In Lewis’ wonderful fiction parallel universe the character of Christ is a giant, powerful lion named Aslan. Lewis’ creative perspective were energized from the Biblical reference to Jesus as, “the Lion of the tribe of Judah”.
That reference occurs in a couple places in the Bible. The first occurs near the end of Jacob’s life he blesses all of his 12 sons. It is in the blessing to Judah that Jacob calls Judah a lion, that his tribe will rule over his brothers, and that the Messiah would come from Judah’s tribe. Jacob’s pride paints a glowing image of his progeny. The bottom line: the Messiah’s reign will be majestic and endure forever!
It’s in Revelation 5:5 that the phrase “the lion of the tribe of Judah” is used to refer specifically to Jesus. John is weeping that no one is worthy to unseal the scroll of God’s revelation, but an elder in the vision tells him not to despair: that the Lion of the Tribe of Judah is worthy to open the sealed scrolls and reveal the hidden word of God. The lion is a powerful, majestic animal, often called, “King of the Beasts”. The symbolism is of power, authority, and triumphant glory. Yes, He is worthy.
Pastor Rob Nystrom