The children of God have always had great responsibility. It began before most of us were born and around the time that God decided to call us his people. When a person has lost touch with his roots, it's easy adopt everything else on offer. Family might grow apart but never forget where you came from.
At the end of King Solomon's life, God told him he would strip away most of his tribes for the sins he committed. He would leave Solomon with only two of the twelve tribes of his father David, of which only one would be most faithful. So, Solomon died and the 12 tribes of Israel were divided. The sins of their father left the tribes scattered.
This was a foreshadow of what was to come upon the death of Jesus Christ. Prior to giving himself up to be persecuted, Jesus indicated to his disciples that he was the fulfilment of a prophecy of Zechariah.
“Then saith Jesus unto them, All ye shall be offended because of me this night: for it is written, I will smite the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock shall be scattered abroad.”
While Solomon was struck for his sins, Jesus was sin-less. Jesus was struck for the sins of man. He was struck for those he was sent to redeem.
“I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel”
Though the sheep were scattered, one remained faithful unto the house of David. When Jacob, also known as Israel, told his sons of their futures, he said that Judah would be whom his brethren shall praise. Judah had great responsibility over the house of God. This would prove true as our messiah Yeshua was slaughtered as an innocent lamb but emerged a mighty Lion.
“Remember that Jesus Christ of the seed of David was raised from the dead according to my gospel”
2 Timothy 2:8
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Judah held the responsibility of leading his brothers back to God thereby restoring the house. Like the prodigal son, he did not always live up to the grand expectations that were placed upon him. Judah was anything but perfect. He may not have been perfect but he was still greatly loved by God.
“But chose the tribe of Judah, the mount Zion which he loved.”
You don't have to be a perfect person to produce perfection. There is perfection in us once we have Jesus Christ. Judah was very much human. From the lows of the idea to sell his brother Joseph into slavery to the highs of a mighty King David that even non believers recognise. Judah was incredible at his best and horrible at his worst. He boasted more wicked rulers than righteous but someone from the house of Judah always stood up for the Most High God.
“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?”
Judah came into his own through periods of trials and tribulations. His sins landed him in captivity and desolation but the testing of God brought righteousness out of him.
A sleeping Lion is still King of the jungle but while asleep it's not a threat. It is still greatly feared, so to the rest of the kingdom desiring to rule, it is best kept in a dormant state. In better times, prior to the division of the kingdom of Solomon, God gave hope to his beloved.
“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”
2 Chronicles 7:14
When all refuse to stand, God knows that Judah will stand for him. Jesus Christ walked in humility, prayed to the Father, sought the face of God with tears and live a perfect life all for us. He is worthy of all our praise.
“Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing.”
The sheep have been scattered but God will gather them unto himself again. Righteousness must return to Judah. Who will wake him up? Live in grace, walk in peace and let no man take thy crown.