Christmas Verses – The First Coming #5

Genesis 49:10 NIV

The scepter will not depart from Judah,
nor the ruler’s staff from between his feet,[a]
until he to whom it belongs[b] shall come
and the obedience of the nations shall be his.

Jacob is the speaker of this prophecy about his fourth sons. Judah had the right of the first born, and so would have authority over his brothers.  The words for scepter and staff in Hebrew have about the same meaning – stick.  But the scepter carries the idea of clan or tribe with it.  (There are other Hebrew words for scepter.)  Staffs and rods also can be signs of authority, such as Moses’ rod in the Exodus.  This is one of many passages that talk of the “nations” and them being part of His kingdom.


By Пакко – Picture taken in Veliko Tarnovo exhibition “Symbols of the bulgarian system of state”, 22 of Semtember 2008, CC BY-SA 3.0,