The Birthright and the Sceptre
Let us now look at a bit of Bible truth known to but very few.
Note it carefully.
The spiritual promises, the promise of the "one seed,"
and of salvation through him, the Bible calls "the sceptre."
This promise as nearly everybody knows, was handed down through the Jews.
Jesus Christ was of the tribe of Judah, and the House of David
"Salvation," Jesus said, "is of the Jews" (John 4:22).
"To the Jew first," explained Paul,
"and also to the Greek" (Romans 1:16).
This fact is confirmed in Genesis 49:10. "The sceptre shall not depart from Judah."
But-and here is the astonishing
vital fact so few ever seem to have noticed
"but the birthright was Joseph's."
Yes, Joseph whom did his brothers sell down into Egypt,
where he became food administrator and Prime Minister Joseph
who was called "a prosperous man,"
even as his descendants were destined to become.
"For Judah prevailed above his brethren,
and of him came the chief ruler" (sceptre promise);
"But, the birthright was Joseph's" (I Chronicles 5:2).
The birthright, which Esau sold
the promise of national greatness and material wealth,
never was handed to the Jews who are of the tribe of Judah.
So naturally we should not expect to find this promise fulfilled in the Jews today.
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