Foundations in Genesis, Part 10

“And Jacob called his sons and said, ‘Gather together, that I may tell you what shall befall you in the last days: Gather together and hear, you sons of Jacob, and listen to Israel your father.” (Gen. 49:1-2)

Jacob’s Prophecy & Christ in Genesis

Jacob Blesses His SonsIsraelite Tribal Blessings

  1. God is Sovereign Over the Destiny of Israel
  2. Reuben, Simeon, and Levi Forfeit the Birthright
    Gen 35:21-22; Gen 49:3-4; Gen 34:25-31; Gen 49:5-7
  3. Judah, the Davidic Dynasty, and the Lion
    Gen 49:8-12; 2 Sam 7:1-17; Rev 19:11-16
  4. The Remaining Tribes (Zebulun, Issachar, Dan, Gad, Asher, Naphtali, Joseph, Benjamin)
    Gen 49:13-27
  5. Christ the Consummate Fulfillment, the “True Israel”[1]
  • Reuben:   Christ’s Excellency and Dignity, Christ as Firstborn
  • Simeon and Levi:  Christ’s Suffering on the Cross
  • Judah:   Christ as King
  • Zebulun:   Christ as our Refuge and Rest
  • Issachar:   Christ as Servant
  • Dan:   Christ as Judge
  • Gad:   Christ’s Triumphal Resurrection
  • Asher:   Christ as the Bread of Life
  • Naphtali:    Christ as Preacher and Prophet
  • Joseph:   Christ’s Rejection, Persecution, and Exaltation
  • Benjamin:   Christ as Fierce Warrior

Prophecies of Christ in Genesis

  1. Protoevangel – Gen 3:15; Isa 7:14; Luke 1:31-35; Gal 4:4-5; 1 John 3:8; Rev 12:7,17
  2. Abraham’s Seed – Gen 12:1-3; Gal 3:14,29
  3. The Lion of Judah – Gen 49:8-12 Heb 7:14; Rev 5:5

Types and Shadows of Christ in Genesis

  1. Adam – Gen 2:7; Rom 5:12-21; 1 Cor 15:21-22
  2. Noah’s Ark – Gen 7:23; 1 Pet 3:18-22
  3. Melchizedek – Gen 14:18-20; Heb 7
  4. Isaac – Gen 22:1-19; John 3:16; Rom 8:32

[1]    A.W. Pink, Gleanings from Genesis, Chapter 39.

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