Dream word – PROTECTION
“The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, Nor a lawgiver from between his feet, Until Shiloh comes; and to Him shall be the obedience of the people.” NKJV.
‘Tween the pillars of protection
Babies! They’re quite remarkable aren’t they? I watched a new Father the other day, pick up his young son from the floor. The baby boy had just managed to begin to sit up by himself and also use his hand for grabbing stuff. Everything he got hold of was, of course, brought to the primary source of his investigation in this world! His mouth! The household hound was intrigued by the little pink screamer and took delight in circling him, sticking its snout right up the youngsters own snotty little nose and taking a lick of the cookie crumbs around the wee boys mouth. The baby thought this was just wonderful and on a couple of occasions, grabbed the little dog by its own big ears and would not let it go. Once the father had observed what was going, he picked his boy up from the centre of the floor and then sat down again, placing his beloved on the floor right in front of him, between his open legs. The small child sat there completely protected by the mighty shins of his loving father who looked down at the little bundle sat between the two giant redwoods.
Our text for tonight depicts our heavenly Father like this earthly Dad. Watchful, careful and protective. The church of God sits childlike between His protective shins and I tell you this, if that devil of a dog comes sniffing around, ready to lick the cookie crumbs from around your gentle chops, well, he’s going to get his snout slapped.
Finally of course, the tribe of Judah was enabled by God to be the tree trunk legs of protection for that growing promise of Shiloh, the promised Messiah. Until of course He came! Until that time, they had the right to remove all people they thought were murderers and deceivers. Now, at the time of Christ however, the ruling council of the Sanhedrin had already had any authority to pass the death sentence upon any man, removed from them by the Romans! They were in effect powerless in terms of protection. Judah’s tribal staff, this ‘jus gladii,’ this right of the sword, this right to impose the death sentence, had been taken from them! Yes, they had ceased to posses the ultimate final ability to give and apply law. In Judah, all regal and legal powers had finally been totally removed. Augustin Lemann, in his book ‘Jesue before the Sanhedrin,’, reports a statement by ‘Rabbi Rachmon’ from the Talmud saying that: “When the members of the Sanhedrin found themselves deprived of their right over life and death, a general consternation took possession of them: they covered their heads with ashes, and their bodies with sackcloth, exclaiming: 'Woe unto us for the sceptre has departed from Judah and the Messiah has not come'”
Meanwhile, in small town Galilee, Shiloh was shovelling of the shavings up from the floor his father’s carpenters shop.
Remember tonight then, that God always protects His promises and God always brings His word to pass.
Listen: “Now the sons of Reuben the firstborn of Israel — he was indeed the firstborn, but because he defiled his father's bed, his birthright was given to the sons of Joseph, the son of Israel, so that the genealogy is not listed according to the birthright; yet Judah prevailed over his brothers, and from him came a ruler, although the birthright was Joseph's — the sons of Reuben the firstborn of Israel were Hanoch, Pallu, Hezron, and Carmi.” - (1 Chronicles 5:1-3 NKJV)
Pray: Father, place me between You mighty feet, set me between the safety of those most marvellous of pillars, Boaz and Jachin. Bring all Your good words over me to pass. Be peace to my soul as I wait and protection on all my sides. In Jesus name I pray, amen!
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