Read Genesis 49 – Prophecy and blessings – Jacob called his sons together with a prophetic benediction for each one that we will see confirmed with time. It is a sober time.
Reuben, Jacob’s first born, lost his standing when he had sexual relations with his father’s concubine, Bilhah. He is called as stable as water.
Simeon and Levi, next in line, also lost their standing over their cruelty and wrath in Shechem.
Beloved, there is godly and ungodly anger. Theirs was ungodly because it was rooted in bitterness and wrath… It was motivated by self righteousness. God’s Word says in Ephesians 4:26, “In your anger do not sin.” And in Ephesians 4:31 we are told to get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger.
And now, Judah, from whom King David and later, Jesus, would come. He is pronounced the one whom his brothers will praise. Jacob says, “Judah is a lion’s whelp. ” Later, Jesus is described as a lion from the tribe of Judah. (Revelation 5:5)
Jacob’s words over his sons will be confirmed in the land divisions (covered in Joshua), and in Jesus’s life and ministry… It is remarkable and a stretch above me to put it all together.
Beloved, soak in as much as you can and ask God to give you wisdom and insight as you go. 🙏