By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

"Judah, thou art he whom thy brethren shall praise; thy hand shall be in the neck of thine enemies; thy father's children shall bow down before thee. Judah is a lion's whelp: from the prey, my son, thou art gone up: he stooped down, he couched as a lion, and as an old lion, who shall rouse him up? The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be. Binding his foal unto the vine, and his ass's colt unto the choice vine; he washed his garments in wine, and his clothes in the blood of grapes: his eyes shall be red with wine, and his teeth white with milk."
Genesis 49:8-12
Jacob uttered these words upon his deathbed, to Judah, with all twelve sons surrounding him.
"And Jacob called unto his sons, and said, 'Gather yourselves together that I may tell you that which shall befall you in the last days. Gather yourselves together, and hear, ye sons of Jacob; and hearken unto Israel your father."
Genesis 49:1-2
-It's no small wonder, that the aged man who appoints blessing upon his twelve sons (twelve tribes) is himself the figurehead of "Israel"
 Genesis 32:28
-It's no small wonder that the countless "wrestlings" of Jacob procured for him special blessings from God which translated onto the heads of his sons and conveyed them into promises, provisions, and protection from God Almighty ordained in advance for them.
-It's no small wonder that on the head of "Judah" (the fourth son of Leah) would rest a special anointing different and dominant from the rest, attesting to the future coming of Jesus Christ.
Shiloh ... the name denoting the Messiah, the peaceful one.
The One to convey a sceptre (royal imperial insignia), be a lawgiver (render perfect judgment), and be "couched as a lion" ( the illustration of supremacy and regal station).
-It's no small wonder, dear seeker, that Christ entered into the world exactly as He determined with the selection of Judah as His tribal ancestrial line and the goodness of God attending.
See geneology: Matthew 1:2
The plans of God trickle down through the voice of a man named Jacob (Israel) who most men would have regarded unworthy, untrustworthy, and unlikely;
a candidate of ill repute and marred by unsavory characteristics.
But God chose in advance and He kept to His sovereign plan, and Jacob was part of it all;
Oh the glorious wonder.
Jacob had the joy of bestowing "providential blessings" on each of his twelve sons, but we must wonder if he didn't feel a fortaste and foreshadowing of the Messiah when his frail hand rested on the brow of Judah, and perhaps warmed and tingled in the ushering in of such magnificent prophecy.
The pleasures of God are innumerable and the voice of God unharnessed.
The blessedness of impartation on Jacob and His sons rested on each because God Almighty had determined it;
an extraordinary reality to wrestle with and absolutely rejoice in.
Mmm ... the ways of God are truly unsearchable.
1) Study and review the life of Jacob, beginning at Genesis 27, and work your way forward.
You'll be blessed in an extraordinary way as you reflect on the man who was anointed as "voice" of pronounced blessing and who would pronounce blessing, ushering in the wondrous promise of the coming Messiah.
2) Consider the weighty blessing of "chosenness" on Jacob's life.
Does not such a heavenly Father also tend to you, dear seeker?
How does this affect, challenge, and encourage you this Christmas season?
3) Read Genesis 49 along with the Christmas story. and then complete it with a reading of Revelation and the final conclusion of "Judah's" role.
It will bless you immeasurably this Christmas season:
"... Weep not: behold the lion of Judah, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof."
Revelation 5:5
O the wonder of it all ...