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The Coming King: the Lion and the Scepter (Genesis 49:8-12, Psalm 18:40-42, 1 Kings 10:18-20, Revelation 5:5)

Dr. Quentin Falkena, December 1, 2019
Part of the Advent 2019 series, preached at a Sunday Morning service

Tags: king, lion, lion of judah, lion's cub, power, scepter

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Genesis 49:8–12 (Listen)

  “Judah, your brothers shall praise you;
    your hand shall be on the neck of your enemies;
    your father's sons shall bow down before you.
  Judah is a lion's cub;
    from the prey, my son, you have gone up.
  He stooped down; he crouched as a lion
    and as a lioness; who dares rouse him?
10   The scepter shall not depart from Judah,
    nor the ruler's staff from between his feet,
  until tribute comes to him;
    and to him shall be the obedience of the peoples.
11   Binding his foal to the vine
    and his donkey's colt to the choice vine,
  he has washed his garments in wine
    and his vesture in the blood of grapes.
12   His eyes are darker than wine,
    and his teeth whiter than milk.

(ESV)

Psalm 18:40–42 (Listen)

40   You made my enemies turn their backs to me,
    and those who hated me I destroyed.
41   They cried for help, but there was none to save;
    they cried to the LORD, but he did not answer them.
42   I beat them fine as dust before the wind;
    I cast them out like the mire of the streets.

(ESV)

1 Kings 10:18–20 (Listen)

18 The king also made a great ivory throne and overlaid it with the finest gold. 19 The throne had six steps, and the throne had a round top, and on each side of the seat were armrests and two lions standing beside the armrests, 20 while twelve lions stood there, one on each end of a step on the six steps. The like of it was never made in any kingdom.

(ESV)

Revelation 5:5 (Listen)

And one of the elders said to me, “Weep no more; behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has conquered, so that he can open the scroll and its seven seals.”

(ESV)

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