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Why Judah
December 17, 2017      |     By: Sam McVay, Jr.      |      Category: Sermons

The Lord provides for Leah, mother of Judah, in her weak and rejected state.  He blesses her in the midst of her pain and leads her to a place of praise.  Sam explains how this praise in the midst of pain contains a purity that God honors by the gift and rule of His son, Jesus Christ.

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Micah 5:2 (NIV)
2 “But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times.”

Genesis 49:10 (NIV)
10 The scepter will not depart from Judah, nor the ruler’s staff from between his feet, until he to whom it belongs shall come and the obedience of the nations shall be his.

The Old Testament is clear that the Messiah/King “would come from the tribe of Judah.”

The genealogies in Matthew and Luke confirm this about Jesus. The question is why?

Judah was the 4th born son of Jacob. Judah has some serious issues. Why Judah??

The answer is most likely found in his mother Leah.

Genesis 29:16-18 (NIV)
16 Now Laban had two daughters; the name of the older was Leah, and the name of the younger was Rachel.
17 Leah had weak eyes, but Rachelhad a lovely figure and was beautiful.
18 Jacob was in love with Rachel and said, “I’ll work for you seven years in return for your younger daughter Rachel.”

  • Leah is the older unattractive, poor sighted, sister that is caught up in a scheme by her father to marry her off to a man in love with her sister.
  • Leah is filled with rejection, insecurity, misery, weakness, and more.
  • Leah has a prayer life and is noticed by a loving God.

Genesis 29:31 (NIV)
31 When the Lord saw that Leah was not loved, he enabled her to conceive, but Rachel remained childless.

The Lord begins to provide for Leah in her weak and rejected state.

Genesis 29:32-34 (NIV)
32 Leah became pregnant and gave birth to a son. She named him Reuben, for she said, “It is because the Lord has seen my misery. Surely my husband will love me now.”
33 She conceived again, and when she gave birth to a son she said, “Because the Lord heard that I am not loved, he gave me this one too.” So she named him Simeon.
34 Again she conceived, and when she gave birth to a son she said, “Now at last my husband will become attached to me, because I have borne him three sons.” So he was named Levi.

God was providing for and blessing Leah in the midst of her pain.
But Leah’s central passion is revealed in the naming of her children.
She wanted to use what God provided to get the love and the acceptance of a distracted earthly man.

But then ...

Genesis 29:35 (NIV)
35 She conceived again, and when she gave birth to a son she said, “This time I will praise the Lord.” So she named him Judah. Then she stopped having children.

The 4th Son is named Judah (Praise) out of a heart that suffers but has decided that - What God has provided will be used to honor and cherish God not man!!

Why Judah? Because:  Praise in the midst of Pain contains a Purity that God honors by the gift and rule of His son.

1. David, from the line of Judah, is the greatest worship leader in the Old Testament. He is praising in the midst of profound pain and suffering.

2. Jehoshaphat, king of Judah, leads a nation to praise God while walking toward an enemy that wants to kill them.
2 Chronicles 20:22 (NIV)
22 As they began to sing and praise, the Lord set ambushes against the men of Ammon and Moab and Mount Seir who were invading Judah, and they were defeated.

3. Mary, a teenage girl from the line of Judah with a scandalous pregnancy, praises God by faith.
Luke 1:47-49 (NIV)
47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
48 for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant. From now on all generations will call me blessed,
49 for the Mighty One has done great things for me—holy is his name.

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