MONDAY, OCTOBER 8
Scripture: Genesis 49:8-10, Matthew 1:1-3
In Matthew 1:1-3 we are told, “The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the Son of David, the Son of Abraham: Abraham begot Isaac, Isaac begot Jacob, and Jacob begot Judah and his brothers. Judah begot Perez and Zerah by Tamar, Perez begot Hezron, and Hezron begot Ram.” It is interesting that sometimes in the written genealogy it records the wife. I wonder why? It is always something we should note for review. In a male-dominated culture, how did the women get mentioned? Why were women included in what was obviously a genealogy that primarily recorded only the men? I wonder if that points us to something? That would be interesting to see. In Genesis 49, Jacob called all of his sons together and gave them each a prophetic word and told them what would befall them. Of Judah he said, “Judah, you are he whom your brothers shall praise; Your hand shall be on the neck of your enemies; Your father’s children shall bow down before you. Judah is a lion’s whelp; from the prey, my son, you have gone up. He bows down, he lies down as a lion; And as a lion, who shall rouse him? The scepter shall not depart from Judah, Nor a lawgiver from between his feet, Until Shiloh comes; And to Him shall be the obedience of the people.” Judah must have been an honorable man to qualify for such a word. What kind of man gets a good word like that? Does his character match his word? Since his word is sovereign, he must have been one amazing, noteworthy and holy individual. Let’s delve into the Word and find out.