Day 3: Vayechi/Genesis 49:1-18
It is easy to think of Yacov blessing Israel in what is read in B’reisheet as a list of inheritances for his sons and their tribes. This really is not the case at all. While some are blessed, some are definitely not so blessed as much as described or even diminished from what was expected. Yacov’s words are, actually, a prophetic portent of future days for the twelve tribes of Israel, some even prophetically depicting end of days.
Some of the foreseen events begin to unfold as early as Israel’s wilderness experience. This is evident in the actions of Simeon and Levi. As they are both dispersed among their other brothers, Levi stands out as a priestly/serving tribe and Simeon is seemingly lost within the others. Meanwhile, Judah stands out as a tribe, which will rule over all the sons of Israel, even Ephraim. This does not begin to be realized until David is anointed as king. Through his lineage/seed, we definitively know Yeshua was born and is the Ruler that will perpetually hold the scepter of Righteousness.
As believers, the tribe in which YHVH chooses to graft us is His business, alone. We do not choose, we do not get to complain, we do not debate the matter; furthermore, in the end, we will all enter through one of twelve gates with the tribal names written upon them. Moreover, the name that must be written upon us is the name of Yeshua; otherwise, we will be denied access. This is what it means to know and be fully known. This is a matter of choosing our own king for ourselves or being told Who the Anointed King is that rules overall.
A name that the Lion of the Tribe of Judah receives is King of kings. We are, through Yeshua, all kings and priests. He is the High Priest of us all and the King to Whom every knee will bow, even those that barter for another king/god.
Are you serving the Master of the house of Judah or are you looking to the structural hierarchy created by man to establish your relationship with YHVH? Perhaps, living vicariously through a parent or spouses’ spiritual relationship is enough for you. One way or another, you will submit to the Righteousness of the King of kings. By submitting now, you will receive the counsel, benefits, and inheritance rights, which belong to sons. It is by this submission that Israel will escape/be delivered in the end of days. Consider to Whom your knee bows and pay the Righteous One tribute with your entire being.
Dwell upon Ezekiel 37:19, “If it is disagreeable in your sight to serve YHVH, choose for yourselves today whom you will serve: whether the elohim which your fathers served which were beyond the River, or the elohim of the Amorites in whose land you are living; but as for me and my house, we will serve YHVH.”