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Jacob's Prophecy of Judah.

Jacob's Prophecy of Judah.

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
BY REV. W. THISTLETHWAITE, M.A.


Genxsis xlix. 10.

The sceptre shaU Mt depart from Judahy nor
a lawgiver from between his feet^ urUil
Shiloh come J and unto him shaU the ga-
thering of the people he.
BY REV. W. THISTLETHWAITE, M.A.


Genxsis xlix. 10.

The sceptre shaU Mt depart from Judahy nor
a lawgiver from between his feet^ urUil
Shiloh come J and unto him shaU the ga-
thering of the people he.

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JACOB'S PROPHECY OF JUDAH.BY REV. W. THISTLETHWAITE, M.A.Genxsis xlix. 10.The sceptre shaU Mt depart from Judahy nora lawgiver from between his feet^ urUilShiloh come J and unto him shaU the ga-thering of the people he.In our last sermon on this book we had avery interesting and affecting scene in theinterview which Jaa)b had with Joseph andhis two sons, and in the affectionate manner inwhich he invoked the blessing of God uponthem; and I then observed to jou that thewords of the dying pateiarch were prophetic.That observation applies still more to thelanguage which he afterwards addressed tothe whole number of his children. He hadthem all gathered together into his chamber,for the express purpose, as he informs them.Jacob's prophecy of judah. 19that he might tell than that which shouldbefal them in the last days, that is, in futureages, aocordiug to the times in which Godshould fulfil his purposes and will. Howfar these several prophecies extend it isimpossible to determine. Some of themcertainly refer to the time of the ChristianEra; and it may be that others of themhave even yet to receive their accomplish-ment Did we know the whole history of the tribes of Israel, as well as we do someparticular parts of it, we should be , able topoint out the most minute coincidences be-tween the prophecy and the events, in thosewhich have been already fiilfilled ; and alsoto ahew more exactly which of them stillwait for their complete accompUshment.
 
Of the predictions declared of several of the tribes I shall take a shorter notice, inorder that we may more largely considerthose which relate more particularly to spi-ritual things, and especially to the thingsand times of the Gospel. Reuben, althoughthe first-born, and therefore called by hisfather his might, the beginning of his20 Jacob's prophecy of judah.strength, the exceUency of dignity, and theexcellency of power, is nevertheless stronglyreproved, and in £ict degraded from thehonours of the prinu^enitare, through oneatrocious crime of which he had been guiltysome for^ years before. Simeon and Leviare also marked by their fiather^s reprehen-sion, for their fierce anger and cruelty inthat revengeful and sanguinary scene whenthey slew Hamor the Hivite, and Shechemhis son, and the men of the city, and plun-dered the dty, and carried off all the wealthand the women and little one^ , as has beenrecorded in the thirty-fourth chapter of thisbook. The dyiBg patriarch exp«»»e» hisabhorrence of their conduct, protests againstbeing considered as in any way a party toit, and predicts the manner in which theirposterity should Kye, dispersed and scattei«damong the other tribes.But the prophetic declaration respectingJudah, to which we next come, we mustconsider much more fully, and especiallythe former part of it, as it is so manifesta prediction of the time of the coming of JJacob's prophecy of judah. 21
 
Messiah. These are the words ; " Judab^Thou art he whom thy brethren shall praise ;thy hand shall be in the neck of thy enemies :thy father's children shall bow down beforethee. Judah is a lion's whelp ; from theprey, my son, thou art gone up : he stoopeddown, he couched as a lion, and as an oldlion ; who shall rouse him up ? The sceptreshall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiverfrom between his feet, until Shiloh come,and unto him shall the gathering of the peo-ple be." The name Judah signifies Praise,and the patriarch declared that he shouldhave great praise and honour among hisbrethren. The predictions relate to theirposterity rather than to the individuals them-selves. Jacob prophecied that this tribeshould be generally victorious, that it shouldbe superior to the other tribes, and be amongthem as the lion is among the beasts of theforest. ow this was remarkably the casethrough their whole history. There toemany instances of it previous to the timeof David 3 but then especially God made acovenant of perpetual sovereignty in his22 Jacob's prophecy of judah.line, which wad the line of Judah. Afterthe defection of the ten tribes Judah still washonoured. That tribe ever afterwards gaveits name to the greater kingdom, a kingdomwhich continued four hundred jears, whichwas ruled over by man j pious kings, andwhich was greatly distinguished, in manyrespects, by the favour of the Lord. Afterthe return of the people from the Babylonishcaptivity^ Judah alone was recognized as akingdom; and from that time to the presentthe descendants of Jacob have been univer-sally known by the name of Jews. Thushas this part of the prophecy been remark-ably fulfilled. Bat there is an<ri;her particularwliich establishes the praise of Judah even

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