Friday, January 5, 2018

A Meow and a Roar

Judah is a lion's whelp; From the prey, my son, you have gone up. He couches, he lies down as a lion, And as a lion, who dares rouse him up? Genesis 49:9 

A whelp is a cub. God is saying that the Tribe of Judah is like a lion's cub. When it is time to give birth a lioness leaves her pride (a group of lions) and has her lion cubs in dense cover. Cubs remain hidden for one to two months before being introduced to the rest of the pride.

After Jesus was born an angel instructed Joseph and Mary to flee to Egypt because Herod ordered all baby boys who had been born in Bethlehem in the past two years to be killed. They remained in Egypt for up to two years. I find it interesting that the lion's whelp remains hidden for one to two months. Here we see a similarity with hiddenness. Jesus was from the tribe of Judah and before becoming known as the Lion of the tribe of Judah he was a lion's whelp. I know that I have never thought of Jesus as a lion cub but only as the strong Lion of Judah. Yet, before he became the lion he was first a whelp (cub). 

Now I see the birth of Jesus in a new light. He was born as a baby, grew through adolescence, and became an adult carrying out his mission here on earth. Jesus is coming again as the Lion of Judah! No longer a cub but a full-grown lion. Listen for the roar! 


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