And then the ULTIMATE!
The most amazing revelation awaits us as we consider yet another Divine Declaration in the Hebrew Scriptures regarding Judah’s designation and calling in the Plan of YHVH for humanity.
Our study thusfar has given us some deeper insight into the Divine Mandate decreed upon Judah, as defined in our main text under review – Gen. 49:10 above. A golden rule of Bible study, is to read any quoted texts in their wider context within a paragraph, chapter or section. In applying this to our theme text, Gen. 49:10, we find, in the verse just prior (verse 8), a staggering bold Prophetic declaration about Judah – the Jews:
Gen 49:8 “Judah, your brothers will praise you; your hand will be on the neck of your enemies; your father’s sons will bow down (mishtachaveh) to you. “
The Hebrew word ‘mishtachaveh’ means ‘to bow down in worship’ The 1st Command, a most logic one, acceptable to even those believers who regard themselves as totally free from the Law, decrees that:
Ex 20:3-5 “You shall have no other gods before Me … You shall not worship (mishtachaveh) them or serve them.“
“The children of Judah’s father” who would bow down (worship?) before Judah (the Jews) could refer to Judah’s 11 brothers, viz. the 10 Northern Tribes and Benjamin. It could also possibly refer to even all 12, including a sector of Judah, if perhaps the object of this bowing down would refer to a select sacred segment within Judah.
Do we have a Scriptural suggestion of a total absurdity here, or is there more to it than meets the eye at first glance?