LION OF JUDAH - (Learning from Sprout).
In Revelation, we learn about John’s vision on the island of Patmos where he is exiled. John was the disciple who was said to be closest to Jesus. He lay with his head on Jesus’ chest during the Lord’s ministry on earth. Yet when he sees Him in Revelation , he was so in awe of His majesty that he is said to have fallen at the feet of Jesus as if he were dead.
In Revelation 5 ,John sees a book on the right-hand side of God sealed seven times.An angel is proclaiming in a loud voice-
‘Who is worthy to open the book and loose the seals thereof?’
They found no man worthy on earth,nor in heaven ,nor under the earth worthy to let alone open the seal but also to look upon it,so John says he wept much because there was no one found worthy.
V5 5 says ‘And one of the elders saith unto me ,weep not :behold the Lion of the tribe of Judah ,the root of David ,hath prevailed to open the book ,and loose the seven seals thereof.’
When John beholds , perhaps expecting to see the Lion of Judah in all his grandeur , what he sees is a lamb as though slain. All the elders are bowing before the lamb and with harps and golden vials full of odors which are the prayers of saints and they are singing ,
’Thou art worthy to take the book ,and to open the seals thereof : for thou wast slain ,and hast redeemed us to God , by the blood out of every kindred , and tongue, and people and nation: ’And has made us unto our God kings and priests : and we shall reign on the earth.’
Lion of Judah.
Jacob blesses his sons and the portion Judah gets due to none of his merit is this.
His blessing is more for the future generation where Kind David is born into this tribe but greater still the Lord of King David, Lord Jesus Christ ‘the Lion of Judah’, fulfils the blessing.It was not just a blessing but a prophecy of what was to come.
Genesis 49 vs 8-12
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,[c]
until he to whom it belongs[d] 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.[e]