Saturday, October 21st, 2017
Imperfect Heroes (Part 13)
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.
You are a lion's cub, Judah...
The scepter will not depart from Judah,
Nor the ruler's staff from between his feet,
Until He to Whom it belongs shall come
And the obedience of the nations shall be His.
Genesis 49:8-10 (NIV)
The tribe of Judah was favored by God. The words, JEW and JEWISH came from his name. Jesus, the Man, descended from Judah.
But Judah was the 4th of twelve brothers and nowhere near the leading position. He also made some serious mistakes. So how did he win the role of hero?
1. His older brothers exempted themselves from leadership by even greater sins.
2. Judah learned from his mistakes and improved. He then became a worthy example.
Example: When his brothers wanted to kill Joseph, Judah suggest they sell him instead: possibly the only way to save him from the raging jealousy of his kin.
Example: When he and his brothers went to Egypt, he pledged his life to protect Benjamen: Jacob's consolation after Joseph. Judah became a wise and caring man.
Similarly, you must learn and improve to rise into roles of leadership: rising from the pack is your destiny.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Imperfect Heroes series.