Two prophetic words rattling around in my head this morning. The first the dying words of a patriarch, the second the desperate words of a king. The first enveloped with an anticipation of glory, the second enduring the agony of humiliation. The first talking of One who would reign forever. The second? Same thing.
Cue Jacob . . .
“Judah, your brothers shall praise you . . . Judah is a lion’s cub; from the prey, my son, you have gone up. He stooped down; he crouched as a lion and as a lioness; who dares rouse him? The scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor the ruler’s staff from between His feet, until tribute comes to Him; and to Him shall be the obedience of the peoples.
(Genesis 49:8a, 9-10 ESV)
Jacob blessing his son, the Spirit of God looking beyond his son. Jacob given the vision of a kingdom to come, a forever rule yet to be, a sovereign, one day, for all the peoples. The Spirit foretelling of Messiah, a descendent of Judah, coming as King over all.
Then, cue David . . .
But I am a worm and not a man, scorned by mankind and despised by the people. All who see Me mock Me; they make mouths at Me; they wag their heads; “He trusts in the LORD; let Him deliver Him; let Him rescue Him, for He delights in Him!”
(Psalm 22:6-8 ESV)
Some situation prompting David to express such extreme feelings of degradation. And this too, but a portal used by the same Spirit of God to foretell the sufferings of a son of David. And what is mind boggling is that, in both prophetic utterances, the Spirit is looking to the same Person. Jesus the Christ.
Who could have conceived such a path for One who would forever hold the scepter over the kingdom of God? Who would have required a cross before the crown? Who would have determined that the inaugural path for a coming King would find its way, first, by becoming a suffering Servant?
Cue Sunday School answer 101 . . . God!
Hovering in awe afresh this morning as I consider these two prophetic words. Wonder, the only appropriate way to describe it. Worship, the only appropriate response in light of it.
And then, another prophetic word comes to mind, bringing these other two together.
Cue John . . .
And one of the elders said to me, “Weep no more; behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has conquered, so that He can open the scroll and its seven seals.” And between the throne and the four living creatures and among the elders I saw a Lamb standing, as though it had been slain, with seven horns and with seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth.
(Revelation 5:5-6 ESV)
The Lion of the tribe of Judah. The Root of David. The Lamb of God.
O’ what a Savior! O’ what a Sovereign!
From Him we’ve known such abundant grace. To Him only must be everlasting glory!