Further Divine Mandates unto Judah
Gen. 49:10 “The sceptre shall not depart from Judah … until Shiloh comes …”
The Hebrew word translated Sceptre here, is ‘Shevet’
Shevet – “tribe; rod.” – a rod denoting rule over a nation as defined in
Ezekiel 19:11 “And she had strong rods for the scepters of them that bare rule,…”
In modern Hebrew, Shevet mainly means “tribe”. In the Tanach it is used 143 times to denote a “tribe,” a division in a nation. It is the preferred term used for the twelve Tribes of Israel Gen 49:16; Ex 28:21.
As ‘a rod’, the word Shevet is used as ’a symbol of authority in the hands of a ruler’. As such it is translated ‘sceptre’ in Amos 1:5,8 and as ‘an instrument of warfare’ by Messiah at the establishment of His Kingdom. “But with righteousness shall He judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and He shall smite the earth with the rod (Shevet) of His mouth…” Isaiah 11:4.
In Gen. 49:10, Shevet is generally translated ‘Sceptre’ – depicting the Rule and authority of Judah. This interpretation however, would result in duplicating the “ruling“ aspect of this Divine Mandate in this Scripture, viz. “The Sceptre (ruling rod) shall not depart from Judah, nor a Lawgiver (Mechoqeck) from between his feet, until Shiloh comes to Whom the Rule belongs.” We may therefore consider to use the alternative and more often used meaning of ‘Tribe’ for Shevet, in the first part of the text. Thus: “The Tribe (tribal identity) shall not depart from Judah, nor a Lawgiver (Mechoqeck) from between his feet, until Shiloh comes.” This would be perfectly valid in terms of the historic fact that, while the Ten Tribes of Israel disappeared because they rejected the Torah authority (Mechoqeck) of Judah and were resultantly cut off and exiled by YHVH. Judah remained identified throughout the 2000 years of their dispersion – all the time retaining and expounding their Mechoqeck (Lawgiver) Mandate.
As for the word ‘Law’, where we have seen various alternative synonyms, the word Shevet also has a synonym: “Matteh” – meaning both ‘rod’ and ‘tribe’. . It occurs 251 times in Tanach. As ‘staff’ it signifies authority or power over another nation. And as such it is used in ref. to the Messianic Rule Ps 110:2. It refers to ‘Tribe’ 183 times. The “tribes” of Israel are each designated as ‘matteh’.
This dual meaning for ‘matteh’ therefore validates the probability that the Divine Mandate to Judah, in Gen. 49:10, could well refer to the maintenance of Judah’s Tribal identity as the ‘Lawgiver’ of YHVH, who should be recognized for it by the Returnees of the Lost Ten Tribes of Israel.
Prophecy predicted the re-identifying of the Ten Lost Tribes of Israel in the End Time, when they would return to Torah and to the Land, by their own free will and out of their Love for Messiah. It should be clear from this, that their Return should then also be preceded by true repentance from their original arrogance and rejection of the authority of Judah and a recognition and subjection to Judah’s Divine Mandate as the Mechoqeckim (Lawgivers) of YHVH.
For a clearer understanding of such a suggested probability, it is necessary that we at this stage do a quick review of the conditions surrounding the historic rejection of Judah and its Divinely mandated Mechoqeck (Law Giver) status, by the Ten Northern Tribes of Israel,