Lion of Judah
Juda = (Judah)the name of one of the Patriarchs, the name of the tribe reputed to be descended from him, the name of the territory occupied by the same, and also the name of several persons mentioned in the Old Testament. 1. Juda = (Judah) the Patriarch The son of Jacob by Lia, whose exclamation on the occasion of his birth: "Now will I praise the Lord" is given as the etymological reason for the name "Juda = (Judah)", which is derived from the Hebrew verb "to praise" (Gen., xxix, 35). It was Juda = (Judah) who interceded with his brethren to save the life of Joseph, proposing that he be sold to the Ismaelites = (Ishmaelite) (Gen., xxxvii, 26, 27)
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Juda = (Judah)the name of one of the Patriarchs, the name of the tribe reputed to be descended from him, the name of the territory occupied by the same, and also the name of several persons mentioned in the Old Testament. 1. Juda = (Judah) the Patriarch The son of Jacob by Lia, whose exclamation on the occasion of his birth: "Now will I praise the Lord" is given as the etymological reason for the name "Juda = (Judah)", which is derived from the Hebrew verb "to praise" (Gen., xxix, 35). It was Juda = (Judah) who interceded with his brethren to save the life of Joseph, proposing that he be sold to the Ismaelites = (Ishmaelite) (Gen., xxxvii, 26, 27). Though not the eldest son of Jacob, he is represented as assuming an important and predominating rôle in the family affairs. It is he who, on the occasion of the second journey to Egypt, persuades the afflicted Jacob to consent to the departure of Benjamin (Gen., xliii, 3-10), for whom he pleads most touchingly before Joseph after the incident of the cup, offering himself to be retained as a slave in his stead (Gen., xliv, 18 sqq.). This earnest plea determines Joseph to exclude his identity to his brethren (Gen., xlv, 1 sqq.). Juda = (Judah) is the one chosen by Jacob to precede him into Egypt and announce his coming (Gen., xlvi, 28), and his prestige is further emphasized in the famous prophecy enunciated by Jacob (Gen., xlix, 8-12). To Juda = (Judah) were born five sons, viz., Her, Onan, and Sela by the daughter of Sue = (Shuah), and Phares and Zara by Thamar (Gen., xxxviii). It is through Phares, according to the First Gospel, that the Messianic lineage is traced (Matt., i, 3). 2. Juda = (Judah), a tribe of Israel Named after the son of Jacob. The unquestioned predominance and providential mission of this tribe, foreshadowed in Gen., xlix, 8-10, appear from the time of the Exodus and throughout the subsequent Israelitish history. From the beginning Juda = (Judah) predominated in point of numbers. When the first census was taken after the departure from Egypt it numbered 74,600 fighting men, while Dan, the next largest tribe, counted only 62,700 and the smallest, Manasses = (Manasseh), only 32,200. The chief of the tribe during the period of the wanderings was Nahasson, son of Aminadab. Among the spies sent to explore the Land of Chanaan = (Canaan), the tribe of Juda = (Judah) was represented by Caleb, son of Jephone (Num., xiii, 7). According to the second census of the Israelites taken on the plains of Moab, Juda = (Judah) numbered 76,500 fighting men. The names of the principal families of the tribe are given in Num., xxvi, 19-21, and more fully in I Par., ii. Caleb was one of the chiefs selected to settle the division of the land among the tribes, and on the occasion of the passing of the Jordan the tribe of Juda = (Judah), together with those of Simeon, Levi, Issachar, Ephraim and Manasses = (Manasseh), was designated to "bless the people" from the top of Mount Garizim (Deut., xxvii, 12). After the death of Josue = (Joshua) the tribe of Juda = (Judah) was chosen to be the vanguard in the war against the Chanaanites = (Canaanites). This honour was probably less a recognition of the numerical strength of the tribe than of the promises it had received (Gen., xlix, 8-10) and the hopes for its glorious destiny founded on these promises (Judges, i, 1-2). Juda = (Judah) was again chosen by the Divine oracle to head the attack against Gabaa = (Gibeah) and the Benjamites (Judges, xx, 18).
The natural ramparts surrounding their country saved the inhabitants from many of the invasions that troubled their northern brethren; but the children of Ammon, passing over the Jordan, wasted Juda = (Judah), and the mountains proved ineffectual in keeping off the (Philistine) = (Palestine) (Judg., x, 9; I Kings, xvii, 1). In the persecution of David by Saul the tribe of Juda = (Judah) showed great loyalty to the former, and soon after the death of Saul David was enthusiastically crowned at Hebron (II Kings, ii, 4, 7, 10) where he reigned seven years (II Kings, v, 5). When the unfortunate schism took place under Roboam only the tribe of Juda = (Judah) and of Benjamin remained faithful to the House of David (III Kings, xii, 20), and henceforth the Southern Kingdom was known as that of Juda = (Judah). After the Captivity the members of Juda = (Judah) were among the first to return to Jerusalem and begin the reconstruction of the Temple (I Esd., i, 5; iii, 9); in fine, the name "Jews" (Judæi), by which the post-Exilic Israelites and their descendants are generally designated, is, of course, derived from Juda = (Judah). Thus the history of the Chosen People is to a great extent the story of the varying vicissitudes of the dominant tribe of Juda = (Judah). Its military ascendancy and glory reached its height in the person of David, the "lion of Juda = (Judah)". But the true lion of the tribe of Juda = (Judah) is Christ = (Mashiach) = (Messiah) the Son of David (Revelation 5: 5). 3. Territory of Juda = (Judah) The tribe of Juda = (Judah) occupied a rather extensive territory in the southern part of Palestine. It was bounded on the north by Dan and Benjamin, on the east by the Dead Sea, on the south by Simeon, and on the west by the Sephela or plain of the (Philistine) = (Palestine). The principal cities of Juda = (Judah) are enumerated in Josue = (Joshua) (xv, 21-62). The sacred writer divides the cities into four groups, viz., those of the south on the boundary of Idumea, those of the western plain, those of the mountain, and finally those of the desert. In all, mention is made of 134 towns, about one-half of which have been identified or located with a fair degree of certitude. The recently built railroad from Jaffa to Jerusalem passes through a corner of the territory of Juda = (Judah), the general aspect of which is a series of hills covered in the spring-time with grass and flowers, but bare and arid during the rest of the year. A modern carriage-road runs from Jerusalem to Hebron, which lies in a fertile valley between two ranges of green hills. Here and there cultivated fields greet the eye. The slopes of the hills are dotted with terraced gardens and vineyards, among which are to be found grottoes and labyrinths which formerly served as hiding-places. The Kingdom of Juda = (Judah), dating from the beginning of the reign of Roboam, was thus called in opposition to the Northern Kingdom of Israel. The capital, Jerusalem, was situated on the boundary line between Juda = (Judah) and Benjamin. LEGENDRE in VIG., Dict. de la Bible, s. v. JAMES F. DRISCOLL Transcribed by WGKofron
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Excerpts from"The Lion of the tribe of Juda = (Judah)"LOUISE WHEATLEY COOK HOVNANIAN, CSB In the fifth chapter of Revelation we read of a book "written within and on the backside, sealed with seven seals," and the Revelator goes on to say that he "wept much, because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book neither to look thereon." But presently one of the elders said unto him, "Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda = (Judah), the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof." What is this "Lion of the tribe of Juda = (Judah)," we perhaps wonder, which had power to prevail when all else failed? Since the Bible to be correctly understood must be spiritually interpreted, how natural it is to turn at once to that dear companion, ever close at hand, which is indeed a veritable key to hidden treasures, our beloved textbook; and there we find our answer, on page 514 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy. "Moral courage is 'the lion of the tribe of Juda = (Judah),' the king of the mental realm." Who of us has not, at some time or other, been placed in a hard situation, a trying position, an embarrassing predicament, from which there seemed for the moment no possible way of escape? That so-called mind, which is always enmity to God, likes nothing better than to get mortals into "a tight corner," as the saying is, and then stand off and laugh at them. "What are you going to do about it?" it seems to say... Yet as we stand there, praying for wisdom to know what to do, it begins to dawn upon us after a while that the one thing needed to break our bonds and set us free, is moral courage. Following this conviction, quickly comes the realization that no matter how much mortal mind may be laughing at us, there really is a way out after all. If this were not so, would not the one All-power be powerless on some occasions? Divine Love has always and under all circumstances provided "a way out;" let us never forget that. So, as we look about us, gathering fresh courage now from our confidence in God's willingness and ability to help us, a strange thing sometimes happens; instead of seeing no way out at all, we now see two ways,—a right way, which looks like a hard way, and a wrong way, which seems to be a very easy way. The question now arises, Which shall it be? It should not take a true Christian Scientist long to decide, and the decision once made, all we need is moral courage to take the next step. Sooner or later, today or tomorrow or next month or next year, according to our faith in the omnipotence of good, this step is taken, and we find that with it our bonds are instantly broken and we are free to go forward as Principle may direct in that right way, though it may seem the hard way. This is wonderful enough of itself, but after a while another even more wonderful thing happens: the right way gradually ceases to be the hard way, and becomes the easy way instead. Why? Because Love is right there with us, to help us through. It may be, however, that some of us have had to learn a much needed lesson by trying to get out of a corner by taking the other path, the wrong way, which seemed the easy way. Then what did we find? Just this,—that we were simply going round in a circle, and would sooner or later find ourselves exactly in the place from which we started. For the easy way is only the hard way camouflaged, as many of us have found to our sorrow. No matter how innocent and alluring it may appear, it never gets us anywhere but right back in our corner again. In other words, the predicament in which a student of Christian Science may find himself will present itself again and again, until he has extricated himself from it in the right way. It may present its claims in a new form and call itself a new set of circumstances; but underneath it all ever lurks the same old lie, the lie which was never squarely faced and overcome, as it should have been, but avoided and evaded and condoned instead. Another thing we find, when we endeavor to escape the issue by a wrong path: we find that the farther we travel, the darker things seem to grow. It is no small thing to have let go of the Father's hand, and of course that is what we are doing when we voluntarily turn from Principle. We no longer have anything on which to rely, no basis for our conclusions, no foundation for our footsteps, no law to govern our actions, no stability, no permanence. We begin to be afraid, and that is only natural; for when we are walking in a wrong path, we have reason not only to be afraid but to be very much afraid. God has not changed in any way, of course; but what has happened? Even that of which Isaiah = (Isaias) = (Yesha'yahu) wrote, "Behold, the Lord's hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear: but your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear." Has not our Leader expressed the same thought on page 19 of Science and Health, "If living in disobedience to Him, we ought to feel no security, although God is good"? Why should we, then, why do we, ever wander into that insecure path which never goes anywhere but round and round in a circle? What keeps us from taking that first right step in the other direction? Nothing but a lack of moral courage. Right is right, and wrong is wrong. There is no convenient middle ground. We stand at the parting of the ways. Will we choose the right path now, or do we prefer to go round in a circle a little longer?... Everyone who has ever done anything for humanity has been misunderstood more or less. Our Master himself was mocked and reviled, as he trod in mighty meekness the shores of Galilee. Then, many centuries later, another great teacher had to stand and face the world alone,—a gentle, patient, loving woman, misrepresented, maligned, misunderstood. Have we ever considered what it must have meant to be the only Christian Scientist on earth? No wonder that the sublime quota of moral courage which enabled our beloved Leader, Mrs. Eddy, to take her single-handed stand for Truth, was also that which opened for her the seven seals, and gave us the complete and final revelation of Truth as contained in our textbook. Let us cultivate this moral courage which enables us to take the required first step, thereby helping others to do the same. "On ne passe pas" should be our daily watchword, as each wrong suggestion is halted and challenged. Let nothing pass which is not in accord with Principle. Let nothing elude our mental vigilance; most of all, that phase of evil which may come in the guise of good. Let there be no good-natured, easy compromise. Since we must take our stand against error, sooner or later, why not meet every question fairly and squarely as it comes? In the presence of "the Lion of the tribe of Juda = (Judah)" it will quickly show itself for what it is; for it dares do nothing else. And why not take our stand at once? Surely there is nothing to be gained by waiting. We live not in a past of unhappy memories, nor yet in a future of vague possibilities. We live in the today of Mind's eternal presence. Excerpts from "'The Lion of the tribe of Juda = (Judah)'"by Louise Wheatley Cook Hovnanian, CSBChristian Science Sentinel, September 20, 1919
[Note: the word Gilgal or Galgal is commonly used as Galila, Gilgala, Galgala, Galil, or "Galilee" where the Lord Jesus = (Yeshua) Christ came from Nazareth of Galilee.]
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"NAMES OF Christ = (Mashiach) = (Messiah)"©... is a book written by Dr. James Modlish, and reprinted here with the author's permission.
THE LION OF THE TRIBE OF Juda = (Judah) (Revelation 5:5)Introduction:The lion has long been recognized as "The King of the Beast." A male lion can weigh any where from 350 to 600 pounds. Most males are about nine feet long from the nose to the end of the tail. They are about 3 1/2 feet tall at the shoulder. Male lions are the only cats with manes. This collar of long thick hair covers their head, except the face, and the neck down to the shoulders and chest. As well as providing a majestic appearance, it also protects him during a fight.If God has compared His Son to a Lion there are undoubtedly some necessary application that can be made. The lion is known for several things:
I. HIS STRENGTH (Prov. 30:30)Lions are built for strength. They have been observed dragging 600 pound animals that they have killed considerable distances. The strength of a lion has long been the standard by which to judge real strength. "Saul and Jonathan were lovely and pleasant in their lives, and in their death they were not divided: they were swifter than eagles, they were stronger than lions." (2 Sam. 1:23) Often people make the mistake of supposing Jesus' = (Yeshua) compassion and love is a sign of weakness. Please consider: A. Jesus = (Yeshua) driving the money changers from the temple - (Matt. 21:12,13)B. The officers sent to arrest Jesus = (Yeshua) came back empty handed because of His words - (Jn. 7:32, 45-47)C. The angry mob parted as Jesus = (Yeshua) passed through - (Lk. 4:28-30)D. The ability to carry a cross after being scourged - (Matt. 27:26)E. The Second Coming of Christ = (Mashiach) = (Messiah) - (Rev. 19:11-21)
II. HIS ROAR"The lion hath roared, who will not fear? the Lord God hath spoken, who can but prophesy?" (Amos 3:8) The roar of a lion has been compared to the voice of God."They shall walk after the Lord: he shall roar like a lion: when he shall roar, then the children shall tremble from the west." (Hos. 11:10) (See also Rev. 10:3)According to National Geographic, April 1969, the roar of a lion has more than one function:A. A soft moaning sound - a roar of low intensity - a lioness call's her cubs from the hiding place, generally for food."The young lions roar after their prey, and seek their meat from God." (Ps. 104:21)B. When a member of the pride (family) is looking for others, it will roar loudly, then listen attentively for an answer. (Job 38:1-3,18; 40:1-7)NOTE: Lions usually live and travel in family groups called "prides". There may be as few as 4-6 or as many as 30. The family setup seems to be some what symbolical of the local church. According to the same article in National Geographic: "Although some members of the pride, especially the males, may roam widely, the lions usually confine themselves to a definite territory."Another interesting note is, "Pride members are affectionate among themselves. They rub cheeks when they meet. They rest and hunt together, but strangers or members of a neighboring pride are not usually accepted." (Jer. 31:3; Eze. 16:6-14) Lions never kill unnecessarily but only when there is a need. A lion seldom eats everything, but leaves some for the scavengers. God's blessings overflow to the bystanders. (Matt. 15:21-28, Gen. 30:27)
C. The roar strikes fear because of its deafening, ferocious sound. Of course in the case of the "Lion of the tribe of Juda = (Judah)", there is good cause for fear.
III. AN INSTRUMENT OF JUDGMENTThere have been a variety of occasions where lions have been used by God as an instrument of judgment.A. Judgment upon the Assyrians - (2 Kings 17:24-26)B. The young prophet who disobeyed God - (1 Kings 13:24-26)C. The man who ignored the prophet - (1 Kings 20:35-36)Note: According to Encyclopedia Americana, "Lions after the kill usually rip the carcass open and commence eating the entrails, heart and liver." Jesus = (Yeshua) Christ = (Mashiach) = (Messiah) exposes with one motion our inner most being. "Lest he tear my soul like a lion, rending it in pieces, while there is none to deliver." (Ps. 7:2)D. Lions are known for their powerful teeth. They do not have teeth to chew, but only to tear, swallowing large chunks of meat. (Rev. 9:8; Joel 1:6)-Even the Devil, also pictured as a lion (1 Pet. 5:8), will be used as an instrument of judgment upon Israel. (Hos. 13:8)Conclusion:. Today the Sons of God ought to have the boldness of a lion. "The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are bold as a lion."(Prov. 28:1) The question may well be asked as Nahum did, "Where is the dwelling of the lions, and the feeding place of the young lions, where the lion, even the old lion, walked, and the lions whelp, and none made them afraid?" (Nah. 2:11)Today Christianity has a lot more pussy cats than lions.
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[Note: this note is not from the author of this text, it is from the early church of Jesus.
Note starts: in the king James bible the word Gabaa = (Gibeah) in Joshua 10:26 and in Joshua 7:1 is written as “Hill” instead Gabaa = (Gibeah). “Gabaath” is mentioned in (Joshua 18:28), (Joshua 24:33), First Chronicles 11:31, First Chronicles 12:3, and in Isaiah 10:29. moslem = (muslim) worshipping place in Saudi Arabia called “Kabaa = [Kaaba]” “Al Kabaa” or “Gaaba” also. For more information about Gabaa = (Gibeah), refer to page "Ark of the Covenant" and page “Giants” to read about the "Amalekites" "Amalekite" "Amalecites" "Amalecite" "Amalek" Amalec".]
[Note: the word Rapha, Raphaim, Rephaim, Arapha, or Arafa, means giant
[Note: the word Jesbibenob = (Ishbibenob) is of the giants, and Arapha = (Arafa) means giant also.]
[Note: the word Amalecites = (Amalekites) means giants, Amalec = (Amalek) is giant. Amalecite = (Amalekite), "Nephilim" means giant also. Note ends]
[Note: Ismahel = (Ishmael) = (Ismael) = (Ismail)] [Note: Ismahelite = (Ishmaelite) = (Ismaelite) = (Ismailite)]
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