“Judah, you are he whom your brothers shall praise.”
These words were spoken by the Patriarch Jacob when he blessed his sons as he lay a-dying.
But before he finished Judah's blessing, the good old man seemed to forget his son and to turn his thoughts to Jesus, our Lord, of whom Judah was a very significant type.
Jacob compared Judah to a lion and a lion's whelp and in the Revelation we read that one of the elders said to John, “The Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has prevailed to open the book, and to loosen the seven seals thereof.” In the 10th verse of this Chapter we have Jacob's notable prophecy concerning the coming of Christ, “The scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh comes and unto Him shall the gathering of the people be.”
I intend only to speak about Judah so far as he is a type of Christ, and I trust that I shall, by the Holy Spirit's gracious guidance, move all the brethren of the Lord Jesus Christ to praise Him, so that I shall be able to reverently say to Him, “Jesus, You are He whom Your brothers shall praise.”
So I shall speak, first, concerning the praise of Judah and the praise of Jesus. And then, secondly, concerning the glories of Judah as setting forth the glories of Jesus.