Archive of Pastor Darby's Sermon Notes, transcribed from his original typewritten documents

 

Gen 49

TILL SHILOH COME

Dec 7, 1969 pm

ONE OF THE STRANGEST PROPHETIC CHAPTERS FOUND IN ALL OF GOD'S WORD - MARK IT FOR STUDY

  • The blessings of Judah are Messianic- picturing Christ in all his Glory, also Joseph
  • All the prophesies have literal fulfilment in OT history - follow any tribe in study
  • Not all prophesies are good - some show terrible curses- (but called blessings) -

Jacob called his sons, and told them their future- what would yours read?

RUEBEN WAS FIRST, AND MIGHT HAVE REMAINED FIRST BUT FOR HIS SIN  v.2-4

There are 5 types of Christ- 1st born, with might, strength, dignity and power - potential in us

SIMEON AND LEVI - BROTHERS IN MURDER AND CRUELTY THAT BROUGHT CURSE ON ALL v.5-7

  • Israel dared not join their designs of wickedness- Psa 1:1, nor be united with them
  • To avenge Dina they led in slaying - destroyed wall (village) Anger and Wrath - cruelty
  • Divided and scattered - Simeon amalgamated into Judah, disappeared as a separate tribe
  • But Levi found grace- left without property, but grace led him into priesthood - 

JUDAH'S UNUSUAL PROPHECY, PRAISED BY BRETHREN, VICTORIOUS, AND TO RULE ISRAEL - v.8-12

  • The picture of a lion in its various stages- strength, victory, wisdom, regal, David
  • The great prophecy of Shiloh- the mysterious meaning of this word - peaceable v.10
  • The promise that Judah will rule till the Prince of Peace comes, Isa 9:6 not Solomon
  • V.11 pictures an abundance from God; garments washed in wind?- Rev 7:14 Blood of Lamb
  • Wine & Spirit - Eph 5:18 eyes purified, clear vision; Milk of word gives health-
  • All Israel looked and longed for the coming of Shiloh - and so we look and long today

ZEBULUN, NOT MESSIANIC, BUT PROSPEROUS IN PALESTINE AND BLESSED IN OBEDIENCE- v.13

  • Property reaching the sea - Josh 19:11 - reaching the storm troubled world - care, ministry
  • Like the Christian Church- a haven for people in the troubled sea (nations) rescue
  • But borders reached near Zidon- sinful world: an Iron Curtain- fighting and rescuing refugees

ISSACHAR - A TYPE OF WORLDLY COMPROMISING PROFESSOR NOT POSSESSING REAL LIFE v.14

  • Very strong, but a donkey - not a complimentary picture, not a clean animal - Lamb, Ox
  • Very heavily loaded- land to be between two Canaanitic tribes- Sin and false religion
  • Unprepared to fight like lion- servant of sin- surrendered to worldly pleasures- worldly

DAN SHALL JUDGE HIS PEOPLE, MAYBE A PREDICTION OF JUDGE SAMPSON- BUT WEAK, SINFUL v.15,7

  • Like a serpent Dan brought in idolatry - I Kings 12:28-30 a terrible division 0 Jeroboam
  • In the church since Constantine - idolatry - included in Christianity - treacherous - 
  • v.28 a heart rending cry- like Rev 6:10 - How long Lord?  The cry of Israel, Reformation

GAD, AN UNUSALLY SHORT PROPHECY WITH PROMISE OF WEAKNESS BUT EVENTUAL VICTORY  v.19

  • Like Christ- Satan thought he had won, but Jesus did not stay upon the cross- overcame
  • Here is a picture of the weak Christian - who may stumble, fall, but keeps trust in Jesus

ASHER, THAT WOULD FEED BREAD AND ROYAL DAINTIES TO GAD - SHORT BUT SWEET - v.20

  • Not much to comment on, but in Josh 19:24-26 drew land for the breadbasket of Israel
  • Just a plain, productive, hard working Christian may not shine much- but needful to God

NAPHTALI - MEANS WRESTLING, AND IN THIS UNUSAL PROPHECY A HIDDEN BLESSING v.21

  1. Prayerful wrestling gives great power and freedom- prayer freedom
  2. Godly words - the message of freedom to others- witnessing and soulwinning - great glory

JOSEPH, SEVERAL VERSES WITH GREAT MESSIANIC SYMBOLS, BUT NOT DETRACTING FROM JUDAH v.22-

  • Fruitfulness- v.22, a vine reaching over the wall, planted by a well, great picture of Christ
  • Satan's archers hated him, wounded him, so Christ wounded on the Cross of Calvary
  • But the amazing promise of God in blessing, nourishment and provision for many

BENJAMIN, STRANGE AND TERRIBLE PROPHECY INVOLVING THIS TRIBE v.27

  • He devoured his enemies, but also his friends- Judges 20,21 terrible sin, like a world
  • But Paul the Apostle came from this tribe- a wolf at first, but then saved - great apostle
  • So the children of Israel - Jacob heard their future for many hundred years
  • Our future is just as certain according as to how we walk with God and serve Him

AS GOD KNEW THE FUTURE FOR ALL THE 12 TRIBES OF ISRAEL, YOUR FUTURE IS ALSO IN HIS HANDS

  • If you could see what God has ahead for you- would you change your course in life?
  • In Jesus all our troubles can be turned to victory, even chastening becomes precious
  • Will you labor for the Lord till Shiloh comes?  Will you trust Him?