One of the names of Jesus is “The Lion of the Tribe of Judah“, but did you ever stop to ask “Why Judah?” Why isn’t Jesus the Lion of the Tribe of Joseph, when Joseph was such a fantastic guy and even had his brothers bowing before him? In fact, Jacob had a whole bunch of sons, and, arguably, some were much more righteous than others! Judah wasn’t even at the top of the list. So, why not Reuben, or Simeon- and why Judah?
Judah was the son of Jacob and the tragically unloved Leah. He was born into the middle of strained and difficult home life with parents who didn’t really love each other. Up until Judah’s birth, his mother had named her other children in hopes that her husband would finally notice her and love her best. However, it was not to be. (Gen. 29:32-34) When Leah finally found her peace within the arms of God, she stopped looking to her husband for love, for him to be her everything, that’s when God broke through. That’s when Judah was born. His name reflects Leah’s newfound love for God, because Judah’s name means “praised”. If you want even MORE on this subject, grab a copy of “The Way of the Worshipper” and dig deep!)
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Jesus is the Lion of the Tribe of PRAISE!
More specifically, the name “Judah” is taken from the Hebrew word “yadah“- one of the seven Hebrew words for praise– and his birth marks the very first time any word for “praise” had been used in the Bible ever. This is HUGE. When Judah, the first in the familial ancestry of Jesus Christ, the Messiah, was born onto the earth, praise was initiated. Prophetically, Judah’s name reflects the very reason why we worship God: Jesus Christ. WOW.
Thought for today
So, why Judah? He made some pretty significant mistakes, and yet God not only used him, but grafted him into the bloodline of Jesus Christ! Judah eventually humbled himself and admitted that he was not as righteous as he wanted others to think (Genesis 38). In Matthew 22:14 Jesus said that many are called, but few are chosen. Judah is proof that God can use anyone, and that He sees us all through the lens of His calling upon us. You are chosen and called and needed, many are! How you respond to that choosing and calling is up to you. When Jesus said “few are chosen” He meant that few are called “the chosen” because they choose to reject the call. Revelation 5:5 refers to Jesus as “The Lion of the Tribe of Judah” because Judah’s birth, the birth of praise, spoke prophetically of the birth of Jesus Christ, the reason why we worship!