I can’t explain how much I find comfort and hope in Scripture (Romans 15:4). Lately the main point of life and Scripture jumps out to me in every chapter and verse. I’ve had a strong desire to write about the things I study.
What is the point?
As I read Genesis to Revelation I see consistency in Scripture. On the most basic level the point of it all is Jesus (Yeshua). I want to dig a little deeper. Studying the genealogy of Jesus outlined in Matthew chapter one gives purpose and connection to the Old Testament as relates to Jesus being Messiah. God made a promise to Abraham that his descendants would be great in number (Genesis 22:17,18). Abraham fathered Issac and Issac father Jacob. Jacob, also known as Israel, is the father of the twelve sons/tribes of Israel. One of those sons is Judah. Matthew chapter one verse two explains “Abraham fathered Issac, Issac fathered Jacob, Jacob fathered Judah and his brothers,”. Verse three continues the record of Judah’s descendants leading all the way to the birth of Jesus (Yeshua).
Before I continue I want to note something very special about Scripture. God is Sovereign and knows all things including the beginning to the end of life on this earth. In His Word He declares things well in advance to make it clear that He is God. In Genesis chapter forty nine Jacob tells the future destiny of each of his sons. In verse eight he says,
“Judah, your brothers will praise you. Your hand will be on the neck of your enemies; your father’s sons will bow down to you. 9. Judah is a young lion my son, you return from the kill. He crouches; he lies down like a lion or a lioness- who dares to rouse him? 10 The scepter will not depart from Judah or the staff from between his feet until He whose right it is comes and the obedience of the peoples belongs to Him.
I want to focus on verse ten because it ties in to the message of Jesus (Yeshua). When Jacob spoke of a scepter that would not depart from Judah, he was speaking of the future kingdom that Judah’s descendants would rule. This kingdom began with king David. I’ll discuss more about the kings and the kingdom in a separate post but for now it is important to know that Judah ruled a kingdom promised to the people of God on this earth in the past. Notice a very important part of Genesis forty-nine verse ten, “..until He whose right it is comes and the obedience of the peoples belongs to Him.”
The question becomes who has the right to the kingdom? Who should and will all people obey? Let’s look at Scripture:
Daniel 7:13, 14 I continued watching in the night visions, and I saw One like a son of man coming with the clouds of heaven. He approached the Ancient of Days and was escorted before Him. 14 He was given authority to rule, and glory, and a kingdom; so that those of every people, nation, and language should serve Him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that will not pass away, and His kingdom is one that will not be destroyed.
Could this passage be about Jesus? Of course it is. Let’s connect some dots to make sure:
Notice the part about coming with the clouds of heaven and not lets see where else we find this information:
“After He (Jesus) had said this, He was taken up as they were watching, and a cloud took Him out of their sight. 10 While He was going, they (the disciples) were gazing into heaven, and suddenly two men in white clothes stood by them. 11 They said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking up into heaven? This Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come in the same way that you have seen Him going into heaven.” (Act 1:9-11)
“Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and then all the peoples of the earth will mourn; and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.” (Matthew 24:10)
Of course there are many passages about Jesus coming on the clouds of heaven but for now I think the connection is made and we can see that Daniel spoke of the One who comes with the clouds of heaven, being given a kingdom. That kingdom is THE kingdom and it rightfully belongs to Jesus. Remember what Jacob said about Judah’s kingdom in Genesis 49? That kingdom is given to the One it rightfully belongs to and that One is none other than Jesus (Yeshua).