;>j. SELECT SERMONS.
reviewed the whole line of prophecy when he said:
" Prophets and kings have desired to see those things
which ye see, and have not seen them; your father
Abraham rejoiced to see my day, and he saw it and
Jacob was truly inspired; had it been otherwise
with him his words would not have been fulfilled,
but being of divine origin their fulfillment was sure,
of which we to-day are witnesses by reason of the
testimony which we hold.
His words are fulfilled in Christ, who sprang from
the tribe of Judah, whose sway Israel and all man¬
kind must acknowledge. He came and declared
himself the light of the world; the Jews have seen it
and even the Gentiles have rejoiced therein.
II. Judah was the chosen of God, and, therefore,
held the sceptre until the Messiah came. A sceptre
was an instrument used by kings as an ensign of
royalty. Jacob meant that God's favor would
always rest upon Judah even through his posterity,
and that Israel's greatest kings or rulers would
come out of his ranks, nations would call him
blessed, and that there was none in all the earth
great enough to take away his power save Christ
who is Lord of lords and King of kings.
It appears to me that Judah was a star of extraor¬
dinary brilliancy from the cradle. He saved Joseph's,
* Luke x : 24 ; John viii : 56.