Who is Judah?…
Who is Judah? Greater son of Abraham and Isaac? Fourth son of Jacob? Father of a nation (tribe of Judah)? Yes, these things are true. Is there more to the story? Let’s take a deeper look, and really find the importance of who Judah was and how his story effects the present day.
The birth of Judah is recorded in Genesis 29:35. Judah was born to Jacob and his first wife Leah. The turning point in Judah’s life came in Genesis 37. The three eldest brothers of the 12 tribes noticed that their younger brother Joseph was highly favored in the eyes of father Jacob. This made them become envious and they grew hatred toward their younger brother Joseph. They wanted to kill their own brother! They came up with a plan and decided not to kill Joseph, but cast him into a pit with no water. When they returned to the pit, their younger brother was gone! He had been drawn out of the pit by the Mediates and sold for 20 pieces of silver to the Egyptians.This was a turning point in Judah’s life. This would be the reason for Judah be know to hold the scepter over his older brothers.
Jesus Christ was from the tribe of Judah. Yes Judah was directly apart of the man that was Jesus Christ. We all know that Christ was the son of God; on Earth he was the greater son of David, (as it says in Matthew 1:1) who was from the tribe of Judah. Judah was said to hold the scepter until Shiloh come, prophesying the coming and second coming of the messiah, who would come from the tribe of Judah. At this decisive moment, his destiny was to be the Father of a great nation.
The famine in Genesis 41 caused Judah and his family to come to Egypt. They had not known their brother had become a very prestigious man in Egypt. Joseph was the reason that there was an abundance of food in Egypt. God gave Joseph the prophecy of the famine in a dream, therefore they would store food in Egypt 7 years for this day, and for this reason Joseph was let free from prison and became second to the pharaoh over all of Egypt. Here they reunited with their lost brother and dwelled there until the end of their days.
Now there arose up a new king over Egypt, which knew not Joseph (Exodus 1:8). The new king feared the Hebrew people (12 tribes of Israel) because they outnumbered the Egyptians. The king decided to enslave the children of Israel. When the children of Israel cried to God he heard their prayers and he remembered the covenant he made with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. The Lord appeared to Moses (who was from the tribe of Levi) in a burning bush that was not consumed by the fire. Moses learned that he would be chosen by God to free his people from bondage. During that same moment The Lord reveled to Moses his name, I AM THAT I AM. When The Lord reveled his name to Moses in Exodus 3:13-15 he also stated that would be his name forever. Moses would lead his people from to the bondage in Egypt, to the land that God promised to their fore- fathers Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. The Journey would take forty years through the wilderness. Moses delivered God’s chosen people from their captivity in Egypt, but would not make it to the promise land. Moses died in the land of Moab (Deuteronomy 34:5) Moses’ apprentice Joshua would lead the Israelite for the rest of the way to Canaan, where God would give them the land.
Centuries later Israel would be divided in 2 kingdoms. The Kingdom of Judah, being the tribe of Judah and the tribe of Benjamin. The other 10 tribes made up the Northern Kingdom. Many times did the Israelites bring their God to anger by serving other gods and not following the laws, statues and commandments of god.The Lord would use the Assyrians for revenge against his people. The Northern Kingdom of Israel would begin to fall under captivity in approximately 740 BC (2 Kings). The 10 tribes of Israel that was the northern kingdom were forced to flee from persecution. From there they would be carried over the waters into another land, a land where no man had been before as it says in 2 Esdras 13:40-48 (Apocrypha). Those 10 tribes of Israel would never return to Israel.
The destruction and invasion of the Kingdom of Judah had been prophesied by Christ (Matthew 24:15-18) and Daniel (Daniel 9:24-26). Christ told his people that when they saw the abomination of desolation, to flee into the mountains. Many people of the Kingdom of Judah would heed Christ’s warning. Those that did not lived to suffer. It was stated in the book “From Babylon to Timbuktu” there would be over a million Jews (tribe of Judah) that would flee to Western Africa. There were many times that the Israelites angered The Lord, and there were curses that they would have to go through even to this day. Specifically Deuteronomy 28. In Western Africa the Israelites would go on to do as the gentiles would do and serve their gods. Deuteronomy 28:68, God said he would bring his people back to slavery, this time with ships, and they would be sold to their enemies. The result of the actions of The Tribe of Judah would be the Atlantic slave trade beginning in the 16th century.
There were many things that were done to prevent the African Americans of today from knowing that they are truly the Tribe of Judah. Although it was God himself that would be the reason (Jeremiah 17:1-4). Now it is 2014 and the information is out there. Please share this article and pass on this knowledge!