“The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be.” Genesis 49:10
We have established from scriptures that the above text is a prophetic reference to Jesus whose government (authority) would be forever. Isaiah 9:6-7. A close look at the text reveals that “the scepter shall not depart from Judah…” Judah means praise. The Bible says:
“Judah, thou art he whom thy brethren shall praise: thy hand shall be in the neck of thine enemies; thy father’s children shall bow down before thee.” – Genesis 49:8
Therefore, we can read our main text today thus; “The scepter shall not depart from praise…” We can assemble the key words as; scepter (government, authority, righteousness, then praise), all have to do with royalty. We understand from scriptures that New Testament saints (believers in Jesus Christ today) have been raised as kings and priest to reign on the earth (Revelation 1:6; Revelation 5:10). The Bible says praise is believers’ royal duty:
“But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:” – I Peter 2:9
Believers are called (Romans 8:29-30) to show forth (demonstrate, manifest, present and display) the praise of God. Praise is not a voluntary duty of the New Testament saints; it is a royal commandment given by the King of kings. The Bible says:
“And now, O ye priests, this commandment is for you. If ye will not hear, and if ye will not lay it to heart, to give glory unto my name, saith the LORD of hosts, I will even send a curse upon you, and I will curse your blessings: yea, I have cursed them already, because ye do not lay it to heart. Behold, I will corrupt your seed, and spread dung upon your faces, even the dung of your solemn feasts; and one shall take you away with it. And ye shall know that I have sent this commandment unto you, that my covenant might be with Levi, saith the LORD of hosts.” – Malachi 2:1-4
Murmuring is unroyal! Complaining is anti-royalty! Praise is royal. God desires it. He demands it. He commands it. But praise is only comely to the upright!
“Rejoice in the LORD, O ye righteous: for praise is comely for the upright.” – Psalm 33:1
Holiness is a must. Righteousness is not negotiable!
Scriptures for meditation: Ezekiel 26:7-13; Amos 5:21-23
Jesus is Lord!