I have been reading about the O.T. scriptures and how they point to Jesus. One such scripture is the blessing that Jacob gave to Judah which relates to Jesus being the Lion of Judah.
Genesis 49: 8-12
“Judah, your brothers shall praise you; your hand shall be on the neck of your enemies; your father's sons shall bow down before you. Judah is a lion's cub; from the prey, my son, you have gone up. He stooped down; he crouched as a lion and as a lioness; who dares rouse him? The scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor the ruler's staff from between his feet, until tribute comes to him;[a] and to him shall be the obedience of the peoples. Binding his foal to the vine and his donkey's colt to the choice vine, he has washed his garments in wine and his vesture in the blood of grapes. His eyes are darker than wine, and his teeth whiter than milk.
There is a serious problem with imagery here with the hand of the neck of enemies and of course the point about tribute of obedience. This imagery seems counter to the entire Christian theology of freedom in Christ and the completion of the Law.
Moving on and reading the blessing of Joseph I see a 'prophecy of Emmanuel' which actually fits what we have come to know and believe.
Genesis 49: 22-26
“Joseph is a fruitful bough, a fruitful bough by a spring; his branches run over the wall. The archers bitterly attacked him, shot at him, and harassed him severely, yet his bow remained unmoved; his arms were made agile by the hands of the Mighty One of Jacob (from there is the Shepherd, the Stone of Israel), by the God of your father who will help you, by the Almighty who will bless you with blessings of heaven above, blessings of the deep that crouches beneath, blessings of the breasts and of the womb. The blessings of your father are mighty beyond the blessings of my parents, up to the bounties of the everlasting hills. May they be on the head of Joseph, and on the brow of him who was set apart from his brothers.
Here we read about the blessing of the woman, how he is set a part from his brothers, how his Father is mighty beyond Jacob's parents, about an everlasting Hill (victory through death on a tree anyone?). There is also the imagery of the rock or stone and of a shepherd.
I know there is a lot of reading into O.T. scripture to draw out what we now believe to be true about Jesus. However, in this case I find it far fetched to read into the blessings Jacob gave Judah (specifically because of the blessing given to Joseph) as a sign of Jesus.
So, my question is, how can one interpret the blessings Jacob gave to Joseph if indeed there is foreshadowing and all those blessings DO NOT apply to Jesus because he is indeed the inheritor of the blessings of Judah - which don't seem to fit very well (round hole square peg it seems)?
Gen. 49:10 The time of His coming Luke 2:1-7; Galatians 4:4
Gen. 49:10 The Seed of Judah Luke 3:33
Gen. 49:10 Called Shiloh or One Sent John 17:3
Gen. 49:10 Messiah to come before Judah lost identity John 11:47-52
Gen. 49:10 Unto Him shall the obedience of the people be John 10:16