Lion of Judah

Revelations 5:5  But one of the elders said to me, “Do not weep.  Behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has prevailed to open the scroll and to loose its seven seals.   "

This symbol or name of Jesus is seen from Genesis to Revelations.  In Genesis, Jacob blesses his son Judah as a future tribe, as a lion.  In Revelation, this Lion of Judah is seen again and is shown to have triumphed and is worthy to open the scroll and the seven seals.  Jesus is the One who is worthy.  He is the Lion of the Tribe of Judah.  Both genealogies of Jesus, recorded in Matthew and Luke, show that Jesus is a descendant of the tribe of Judah.  He was a descendent of David. 

What is significant about Judah?  Genesis 49 acknowledges that the sceptre will not depart from Judah.  The Levites were the tribe that the priests came from, but Judah was the tribe of kings.  Hebrews 7:14 says: ‘For it is evident that our Lord arose from Judah, of which tribe Moses spoke nothing concerning priesthood.’  Jesus fulfilled a new order where all disciples of Jesus could be part of the royal priesthood. 

 

When Jesus is revealed through this name, it reveals His deity, as the One True King.  The Lion of Judah humbled himself even unto death, becoming a sacrificial lamb.  He is the Lamb of God and because of this He is also again the Lion who has triumphed.  Luke 1:33: ‘And He shall reign over the house of Jacob forever; and of His kingdom there shall be no end.’

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