THE BLOOD LINE AND KINGSHIP OF JUDAH, WHICH CONTINUES TODAY
God's word will never return back void (Isaiah 55: 11)
Abraham: God blessed Abraham and all of his descendents with an everlasting promise (Genesis 22: 15 - 18)
Isaac: the promise child; son of Abraham
Jacob: God changed his name to Israel (Genesis 35: 10) and he became the father of the 12 tribes (sons) of Israel
Judah: the 4th son of Jacob; God declares him as a young lion (Heraldry), the scepter (kingship) shall never depart from him (Genesis 49: 8 - 12), his blood line would remain pure through to Jesus and on today.
Chapter 38 of Genesis is an very important part in history in comprehending the blood line of Judah (the 4th child of Jacob) and it's continuation even today. This blood line passed down through to Jesus and it continued all the way down to Prince Charles of England today (even though he has not stood up to take the throne, he is still part of that blood line). God intentionally allowed the events of Genesis 38 to be placed in an unusual location in between a continues story of Joseph's traveling's in Genesis 37 & 39, to make it stand out and to show us something that would be significant in future events. This is one of the most significant chapters in the old Testament. If you read the end of chapter 37 and the begriming of chapter 39, it continues straight through stating Joseph's travel lings expect for the injection of chapter 38. Why is this? God is showing us that this blood line of Judah must continue at this point in time before Judah and the whole house of Israel moves to Egypt to live with their brother Joseph. As we look further into the bible we see in Exodus 1: 6 -14 that a new king rose in Egypt and he did not know of Joseph's authority in Egypt and he eventually put the whole house of Israel into bondage, because of their prosperity. God knew this and made sure that the blood line would continue before that point in time, He is also showing us the birth of twins (Zara and Perez), which will be of importance in the future all the way to King Zedikiah. God knows all things and if this blood line would not be able to continue and not be pure, than God's word would return back void (Isaiah 55: 11), because of man's failings. Zara had to be born at this point in time to cover man's (King Zedikiah) future disobedience to God, Zara never went into Egypt and never went through the chastisement of God for their disobedience. Kings descended from the blood line of Zara all the way down to King Eochaidh and in 586 BC meet the daughter of King Zedikiah (Tea Tephi) in Ireland and continued the blood as a pure lineage to this very day as the Lord promised. This blood line continued all the way down to Prince Charles of England of today.
Genesis 38: 1 - 26
1It came to pass at that time that Judah departed from his brothers, and visited a certain Adullamite whose name was Hirah. 2And Judah saw there a daughter of a certain Canaanite whose name was Shua, and he married her and went in to her. 3So she conceived and bore a son, and he called his name Er. 4She conceived again and bore a son, and she called his name Onan. 5And she conceived yet again and bore a son, and called his name Shelah. He was at Chezib when she bore him. 6Then Judah took a wife for Er his firstborn, and her name was Tamar. 7But Er, Judah’s firstborn, was wicked in the sight of the Lord, and the Lord killed him (wow, God killed him). 8And Judah said to Onan, “Go in to your brother’s wife and marry her, and raise up an heir to your brother.” 9But Onan knew that the heir would not be his; and it came to pass, when he went in to his brother’s wife, that he emitted on the ground (wow, he went into her and spilled his seed on the ground), lest he should give an heir to his brother. 10And the thing which he did displeased the Lord; therefore He killed him also (God killed Onan, not for the sexual act but the disobedience). 11Then Judah said to Tamar his daughter-in-law, “Remain a widow in your father’s house till my son Shelah is grown.” For he said, “Lest he also die like his brothers.” And Tamar went and dwelt in her father’s house. 12Now in the process of time the daughter of Shua, Judah’s wife, died; and Judah was comforted, and went up to his sheepshearers at Timnah, he and his friend Hirah the Adullamite. 13And it was told Tamar, saying, “Look, your father-in-law is going up to Timnah to shear his sheep.” 14So she took off her widow’s garments, covered herself with a veil and wrapped herself, and sat in an open place which was on the way to Timnah; for she saw that Shelah was grown, and she was not given to him as a wife. 15When Judah saw her, he thought she was a harlot, because she had covered her face. 16Then he turned to her by the way, and said, “Please let me come in to you”; for he did not know that she was his daughter-in-law. So she said, “What will you give me, that you may come in to me?” 17And he said, “I will send a young goat from the flock.” So she said, “Will you give me a pledge till you send it?” 18Then he said, “What pledge shall I give you?” So she said, “Your signet and cord, and your staff that is in your hand.” Then he gave them to her, and went in to her, and she conceived by him (WOW; God allowed Tamar to become a whore, so that Judah would have intercourse with her and Tamar would conceive to continue the blood line (WOW; God allowed that to happen. What happen to most Christians stating that sex is dirty). Kings would come from his lineage and Jesus came from his blood line but God did not kill him for having sex with a whore? but God killed Er and Onan. On the contrary God allowed this to happen to continue this blood line). 19So she arose and went away, and laid aside her veil and put on the garments of her widowhood. 20And Judah sent the young goat by the hand of his friend the Adullamite, to receive his pledge from the woman’s hand, but he did not find her. 21Then he asked the men of that place, saying, “Where is the harlot who was openly by the roadside?” And they said, “There was no harlot in this place.” 22So he returned to Judah and said, “I cannot find her. Also, the men of the place said there was no harlot in this place.” 23Then Judah said, “Let her take them for herself, lest we be shamed; for I sent this young goat and you have not found her.” 24And it came to pass, about three months after, that Judah was told, saying, “Tamar your daughter-in-law has played the harlot; furthermore she is with child by harlotry.” So Judah said, “Bring her out and let her be burned!” 25When she was brought out, she sent to her father-in-law, saying, “By the man to whom these belong, I am with child.” And she said, “Please determine whose these are—the signet and cord, and staff.” 26So Judah acknowledged them and said, “She has been more righteous than I, because I did not give her to Shelah my son.” And he never knew her again. 27Now it came to pass, at the time for giving birth, that behold, twins were in her womb. 28And so it was, when she was giving birth, that the one put out his hand; and the midwife took a scarlet thread and bound it on his hand, saying, “This one came out first.” 29Then it happened, as he drew back his hand, that his brother came out unexpectedly; and she said, “How did you break through? This breach be upon you!” Therefore his name was called Perez. 30Afterward his brother came out who had the scarlet thread on his hand. And his name was called Zerah.
Ezekiel 17: 22 - 24 (God reveal's to Ezekiel of what He will accomplish and that it will come to past)
22Thus says the Lord GOD: “I will take also one of the highest branches of the high cedar and set it out. I will crop off from the topmost of its young twigs a tender one (Tea Tephi (Hebrew: Beautiful Wanderer); the daughter of Zedikiah),
and will plant it on a high and prominent mountain. 23On the mountain height of Israel (not the country but Jacob) I will plant it; and it will bring forth boughs, and bear fruit, and be a majestic cedar. Under it will dwell birds of every sort; in the shadow of its branches they will dwell. 24And all the trees of the field shall know that I, the Lord, have brought down the high tree (Perez) and exalted the low tree (Zara), dried up the green tree and made the dry tree flourish (the tribe of Joseph); I, the Lord, have spoken and have done it.”
God is showing us here that man's disobedience is eminent. God knows what man is going to do before he does it, so God has to make sure His word does not return to Him void (Isaiah 55: 11) and intervenes to keep His word of truth. King Zedikiah disobeyed the Lord's prophecy from Jeremiah the prophet and was captured and incarcerated for the rest of his life until his death (Jeremiah 38: 17 - 23). King Nebucnezzar killed Zedikiah's son's, thinking that there would not be an heir to the throne but most Christians at this point in the story think that the blood line of Judah ceased at this point in time but they are stating that God's word did not come true and that He is a liar. They did not realize that 400 years earlier that God knew of this point in time and caused the conception of Tamar from the seed of Judah to continue this blood line through even after the death of King Zedikiah and his son's but King Nebucnezzar did not know of the daughter of King Zedikiah. God knew this was going to happen, so he allowed Tamar to trick Judah into thinking she was a whore on the street and Judah planted seed within her. Tamar then had twins (Perez and Zara), which would serve an important role in marinating the blood line of Judah. Zara's hand came out first and the maids wife put a red string around his wrist, signifying that Zara is the first born, who would receive the birth rights as the oldest son. Now Zara went back into the womb and Perez came out breeching the birth and now Perez receives the birth rights over Zara. Zara; being the low tree (Ezekiel 22:24) would later be exhaulted when God brought down the high tree (Perez) when King Zedikiah (the descendent of Perez) did not listen to the voice of the Lord from the prophet Jeremiah (Jeremiah 38: 17 - 23).
31 And the remnant who have escaped of the house of Judah Shall again take
root downward, And bear fruit upward. 32 For out of Jerusalem shall go a remnant,
And those who escape from Mount Zion. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do
Psalm 89: 3 - 4
3 “I have made a covenant with My chosen,
I have sworn to My servant David:
4 ‘Your seed I will establish forever,
And build up your throne to all generations.’”
Psalm 89: 34 - 37 (God Kept His Oath with David)
34 My covenant I will not break, Nor alter the word that has gone out of
My lips. 35 Once I have sworn by My holiness; I will not lie to David: 36
His seed shall endure forever, And his throne as the sun before Me; 37 It
shall be established forever like the moon, Even like the faithful witness
in the sky.”
8 “Judah, you are he whom your brothers shall praise; Your hand shall be on the neck of your enemies; Your father’s children shall bow down before you. 9 Judah is a lion’s whelp; From the prey, my son, you have gone up. He bows down, he lies down as a lion; And as a lion, who shall rouse him? 10 The scepter 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. 11 Binding his donkey to the vine, And his donkey’s colt to the choice vine, He washed his garments in wine,And his clothes in the blood of grapes. 12 His eyes are darker than wine, And his teeth whiter than milk.
Zedekiah’s Royal “Daughters”When the leaders of the Jewish
remnant decided to flee to Egypt, they asked Jeremiah to seek God’s
will in the matter. Jeremiah took it to God, then told them God’s directive:
“Do not go to Egypt!” (42:1-19). However, their self-willed leaders
flatly refused to obey God’s Word by Jeremiah: “But Johanan the
son of Kareah and all of the captains of the forces took all the remnant of
Judah who had returned to dwell in the land of Judah, from all nations where
they had been driven—men, women, children, the KING’S DAUGHTERS...and
JEREMIAH the prophet and BARUCH [Jeremiah’s scribe].... So they went
as far as TAHPANHES [Gk. Daphne]” in N. E. Egypt (43:5-7).
God also told Jeremiah and the Jews, “Behold, I will give PHARAOH
HOPHRA king of Egypt into the hand of his enemies...as I gave Zedekiah king
of Judah into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, his enemy who sought
his life” (v. 30). Ancient Irish history mentions that—not long
after the fall of Jerusalem in 586 BC—a gray-haired sage (or prophet)
came to Ireland, bringing an Eastern Princess (Tea-Tephi). He was accompanied
by his scribe, “Simon Brach” (sometimes spelled Breck or Berech),
whom the Bible reveals to be Jeremiah’s secretary, BARUCH (Jer. 31:32).
“The word that Jeremiah the prophet spoke to Baruch...when he had written
these words in a book at the instruction of Jeremiah.... Thus says the LORD...to
you, O Baruch.... ‘Behold, I have built, I will break down, and what
I have planted I will pluck up, that is, this whole land.... And do you seek
great things for yourself? Do not seek them; for behold, I will bring adversity
on all flesh.... But I will give your life to you as a prize, wherever you
Jeremiah 38: 17 - 23 (Jeremiah prophesied to Zedekiah)
17Then Jeremiah said to Zedekiah, “Thus says the Lord, the God of hosts, the God of Israel: ‘If you surely surrender to the king of Babylon’s princes, then your soul shall live; this city shall not be burned with fire, and you and your house shall live. 18But if you do not surrender to the king of Babylon’s princes, then this city shall be given into the hand of the Chaldeans; they shall burn it with fire, and you shall not escape from their hand.’”
19And Zedekiah the king said to Jeremiah, “I am afraid of the Jews who have defected to the Chaldeans, lest they deliver me into their hand, and they abuse me.” 20But Jeremiah said, “They shall not deliver you. Please, obey the voice of the Lord which I speak to you. So it shall be well with you, and your soul shall live. 21But if you refuse to surrender, this is the word that the Lord has shown me: 22‘Now behold, all the women who are left in the king of Judah’s house shall be surrendered to the king of Babylon’s princes, and those women shall say: “Your close friends have set upon you And prevailed against you; Your feet have sunk in the mire, And they have turned away again.” 23‘So they shall surrender all your wives and children to the Chaldeans. You shall not escape from their hand, but shall be taken by the hand of the king of Babylon. And you shall cause this city to be burned with fire.’”
Jeremiah 39: 4 - 8 (King Zedekiah disobedience to God. God knew this over 700 years earlier in Genesis 38)
4So it was, when Zedekiah the king of Judah and all the men of war saw them,
that they fled and went out of the city by night, by way of the king’s
garden, by the gate between the two walls. And he went out by way of the plain.
5But the Chaldean army pursued them and overtook Zedekiah in the plains of
Jericho. And when they had captured him, they brought him up to Nebuchadnezzar
king of Babylon, to Riblah in the land of Hamath, where he pronounced judgment
on him. 6Then the king of Babylon killed the sons of Zedekiah before his eyes
in Riblah; the king of Babylon also killed all the nobles of Judah. 7Moreover
he put out Zedekiah’s eyes, and bound him with bronze fetters to carry
him off to Babylon. 8And the Chaldeans burned the king’s house and the
houses of the people with fire, and broke down the walls of Jerusalem.
9Then God appeared to Jacob again, when he came from Padan Aram, and blessed him. 10And God said to him, “Your name is Jacob; your name shall not be called Jacob anymore, but Israel shall be your name.” So He called his name Israel. 11Also God said to him: “I am God Almighty. Be fruitful and multiply; a nation and a company of nations shall proceed from you, and kings shall come from your body. 12The land which I gave Abraham and Isaac I give to you; and to your descendants after you I give this land.” 13Then God went up from him in the place where He talked with him. 14So Jacob set up a pillar in the place where He talked with him, a pillar of stone; and he poured a drink offering on it, and he poured oil on it. 15And Jacob called the name of the place where God spoke with him, Bethel.
11 So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.
When we read the bible from old to new, we see statements from God depicting what His wants and desires are and not ours. When He states something in the bible it will never be changed, un less He changes it for a specific reason, a prime example is King Hezekiah (2 kings 20: 1 - 6). God told Hezekiah to set his house in order and prepare to die but Hezekiah prayed from his heart and pleaded with God to let him live and God gave him another 15 years. Example's of God's word stated in the bible, which are still effective even until this day; are the promises made to Abraham by God (Genesis 17: 1 - 21). God blessed Abraham and all of his descendants forever. Another great promise of God is currently in the process today, when God scattered His people among the gentiles, because of their disobedience, most people think that the tribes of Israel were lost but they are not, God know's were each person is in this world, just like every grain of sand that there is today. He is now gathering all of His people who were scattered thought the world and bringing them back into one place (Ezekiel 37: 15 - 28).
15Then the Angel of the Lord called to Abraham a second time out of heaven, 16and said: “By Myself I have sworn, says the Lord, because you have done this thing, and have not withheld your son, your only son—17blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply your descendants as the stars of the heaven and as the sand which is on the seashore; and your descendants shall possess the gate of their enemies. 18In your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice.”