At the end of Jacob’s life, he chose to spend some time blessing his children. Genesis 49 gives an account of all of the blessings he gives. These blessings ended up being prophetic words, speaking about the future of his children’s lives. One of these blessings is particularly important.
Genesis 49:8-10 says, “8′Judah,your brothers will praise you; your hand will be on the neck of your enemies; your father’s sons will bow down to you. 9 You are a lion’s cub, Judah; you return from the prey, my son. Like a lion he crouches and lies down, like a lioness—who dares to rouse him? 10 The scepter will not depart from Judah, nor the ruler’s staff from between his feet, until he to whom it belongsshall come and the obedience of the nations shall be his.'”
These are clear words that show the future entrance of the Messiah (Jesus). We know that Jesus was the clear fulfillment of that prophecy.
What’s interesting to me is this: Did Jacob know what he was talking about?
Think about it…did he really understand that he was speaking about the King of all creation, the Creator of all things? Did he really get the fact that the fulfillment of this blessing/prophecy was God Himself?
I don’t think so.
And neither do you.
You don’t know what the future of your words will be. You don’t know how God might choose to use your words for His purposes.
I am NOT saying that you will write another Bible. Nor am I saying that your words are a future prophecy of Jesus coming back.
I am saying that God could use any words you say to accomplish His purposes. This should give us cause for reflection.
Are we speaking words that God could actually use if He wanted to? What words actually come out of our mouths? Do our words tear people down or build them up? Do our words bring slavery or freedom? Do our words bring a heavy load or relief to the listener?
This post is just as much for me as anyone else. Let’s be careful of the words we speak…we never know when God might use them for something grand!