Genesis 49:1-12 — blessings for Reuben, Shimon, Levi, Yehudah

Many people who read Genesis 49 believe that the prophesies Israel gave to his 12 sons were only about their or their immediate descendants. This is not the case. These prophesies encompass our prophetic future and those of our descendants all the way to the very end of time.

Today’s talk focuses on the prophesies given to Israel’s first four sons, culminating with his fourth son, Yehudah (Judah). All four of these sons were sons of Leah, the daughter of Laban as well, which gives us an additional insight as well.

Thought questions

What does the Messianic prophesy in Yehudah’s prophesy mean?
Why were Simeon and Levi mentioned together?
Are these Ya’akov’s (Jacob’s) prophesies or God’s prophesies?
When will these prophesies be fulfilled?
What are the last days?
Why is Ya’akov a prophet?
Why is the name YHWH missing? Why did the person who wrote the story of Yosef (Joseph) not use the name El Shaddai? Why did that author use the name Ha Elohim instead?
How does God “confuse us with the truth”?
What are the “latter days” (Isa. 2:2; Micah 4:1; Deut. 4:30)?
Was Yosef a “brat” for telling his brothers about the dreams God gave him?
How could Yosef have kept quiet about something so exciting?
Who is really speaking in this chapter?
How did Israel describe Reuben?
What does it mean that Simeon and Levi were “instruments of violence”?
How will Simeon and Levi  be separated (Malachi 2)?
How will Yehudah’s hand be on the neck of his enemies?
What is the scepter or rod (Micah 7:14, Psa. 23, Ezek. 21:9)?
Who is the lawgiver which Yehudah will hold fast to in the latter days (Romans 3)?
Who or what is Shiloh (Job 3)?
What is the choice vine Shiloh use (John 15:1)?
What is a “seed”?
How will people look at the Resurrection?
When will the rod and the law depart from Yehudah?

Reader: Joshua Brady. Speaker: Richard Agee.


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