Jesus, while reaching out to Samaritan Israelites, did not hide his Judean perspective: “You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we (Judeans) worship what we do know…”. The Samaritan woman, despite her own community’s opposition to the claims of David’s family to the throne of Israel, silently affirmed the reasoning of the young prophet – “Salvation is from the Jews,” which in her mind no doubt meant – “Salvation is from the tribe of Judah” (John 4:22).

It is likely that Jesus had a text in mind when he was speaking with the Samaritan woman that would help us understand their agreement about the source of salvation being “from the Jews.”. When blessing his sons before he dies, Jacob reflects on the actions of Judah who was now mature and had repented of his past actions. Despite not being his first-born son, Jacob blesses Judah with these words: “The scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor the ruler’s staff from between his feet, until he to whom it belongs comes, and to him the obedience of the nations.” (Gen. 49:8-10). The Book of Revelation explicitly equates Christ Jesus with the Lion from the Tribe of Judah mentioned in Jacob’s blessing. (Gen.49:8-10; Rev. 5:5-6).

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  1. Who was the Father/Forefathers that the Samaritans worshiped? I guess I have always read into John 4:21 that God is the Father and have always wondered where in the OT does it call God the Father.

  2. I love all you Precious Jews and Pray constantly for YHWH to open your eyes, and believe with all my heart HE is in HIS Time! I believe as they were Closed when HE Came, they are beginning to be closed for us Gentiles Now!! BUT…as we research all of HIS Word from Genesis to Revelation HE now is bring back the Hebrew to a Deeper Understand! I believe now we Gentiles that do Not Understand the Deeper things of the Hebrew language that YHWH spoke HE is using you to help us! I love all I read each day

    • Jews never rejected Y’Shua .This is a false misconception .Y’Shua had many Jewish followers .In 313 AD/CE when Constantine came to power and ruled he set laws /decree’s forbidding Jews to honor Shabbat .When Jews refused to obey the laws they were persecuted and burned alive . Y’Shua practiced Judaism because He is a Jew ! Y’Shua did not start churches .This is false doctrines .

      • The Jews rejected Jesus sacrificing himself for them and all men. They continued to make annual sacrifices at Passover, rejecting the perfect sacrifice of the Perfect Lamb, until God ended their rejection by having the Romans destroy the Temple where they had been continuing their rejectful, no-longer-necessary, sacrifices.

        • The disciples continued to practice the requirements of the Torah. Also, if what you say is true, then why are sacrifices conducted while Yeshua sits on His earthly throne (ex: Ezekiel 44:15). Reading only the Torah or only the NT leads one off-course, read the ENTIRE Bible EVERY year.

  3. Dr. Eli,
    You talk a lot about Jesus in your posts. Do you personally identify him as the Word made flesh, i.e. as God in the flesh and thus God in every respect but at the same time as the only Saviour sinners have because of his atoning, sacrificial death at Calvary? Just curious. Thanks

    • Wow, Graham, that is a very detailed definition. Yes, I identify Yeshua as the Word made flesh, Messiah and savior sent by God the Father into the world whose voluntary death atones for sins.

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      • bad theology he did not come to start a new religion he cannot atone for other people’s sins the tour is very clear about that the only purpose he came was to seek and search out the lost sheep of the House of Israel number one and he represented the father’s word he died for the word just like the rest of the prophets

        • Distilling one’s theology down to a single statement will always be subject to criticism because it is virtually impossible to do perfectly.

  4. King Saul was anointed by vail not by horn, but King David was anointed by horn, so the The Lion from the tribe of Judàh is already done by Samuel.

  5. Because it seems that the scepter DID depart from Judah, as they did not rule themselves after the Babylonian, Pesian. Greek, Roman, etc. empires, ” British Isralites”. explain by saying Judah’s son through Tamar, and others, including decsendents possibly during Jeremiah’s life, moved west and ruled Europe. What is your opinion on the scepter seemingly departing?

    • If scepter equals king, then the problem also exists before Saul the first king. Maybe “shevet” in the Hebrew should be understood as “tribe” instead of “royal scepter”.

  6. Dr. Eli Lizorkin- Thank you much for the teachings you give us on a weekly basis. I see scripture on a whole new dimension.
    Understanding the word from its original language gives me a deeper understanding of my precious savior Jesus. Thanks for your dedication to teach me.

    Gilberto Sanchez, Jr

  7. Scepter could also mean lineage. The Jews, though exiled, never lost their identity. Detailed records were kept of David’s line. So it was no secret in Israel that Yeshua was the “crown prince,” next in line for the throne if Rome was defeated. Both in the physical realm and the spiritual, He was the one “to whom it (the scepter) belongs” beyond any doubt. So the scepter did not depart from Judah, because the line was preserved. Not so today. Israel has no one they can point to and say he is their “crown prince.” The “scepter” departed with Yeshua.

  8. Are the Jews all the descendants of Abraham, Jacob or Judah? Are Hebrews & Israeli’s the same Jews also? Who were those Jews who Jesus referred to as the synagogue of Satan?

    • “Jews” derives from “Judeans” which consisted and still consists primarily of the descendants of Judah. “Hebrews” derives from “Eber” (Gen 10:21) from whom Abraham is a descendant (Gen. 14:13), but later identified all of the tribes of Israel (Deu. 15:12). Check out this article about the synagogue of Satan.

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  9. Hey Dr. I cannot afford to take your class. But i always wanted to go to Israel and see Gods chosen. I just really gotten started on trying to keep up with Israel and it appears you all stay pretty busy. But well i guess I just wanted to let you know the pics of your Israel are Beautiful and I wish you all well. God Bless.

  10. In 2017 my husband and I had the privilige to go to Israel with a tour group. We understand the Bible much better and I enjoy doing Bible study every day. We are Afrikaans speaking, but I read a lot for better understanding. Also love you teachings. Thank you.

  11. How much passion for his theology a man like Dr. Strong must have had. How reliable(from 1 to 10) do you find his work? Jacob’s passion for his father’s blessing was lifelong, now passing to one of 12 sons. If there’s one verse of Scripture needing translation perfection, it’s this.

    • Strong’s work has made him a household name where the scriptures are studied. His work is very reliable, but no one is perfect.

  12. What happens to H7886 in the translation of Genesis 49:10 you quote? In my own study, this is verse 1484. Verse 7276 is 1Samuel 2:35. 1484+7276=8760. 8760÷120=73. Father doesn’t only use “40” to teach through. Don’t be surprised the 73rd verse of Torah is Genesis 3:17. Numbers are Divine. Blessings!

  13. My Brother, the Lion from the tribe of Judah, rules the world. The King of Kings eternal. Shiloh is the king of Israel. “The scepter shall not… UNTILL”. Why does the scepter depart? Because the head of the 12 tribes is Joseph’s son, through Ephraim, the lost northern kingdom. Rev.5:5=Isa.11:10;Shiloh=Isa.11:1&1Sam2:35.

  14. This mystery begins unveiling clearly in Revelation 11:15. “The kingdoms… are BECOME the kingdoms of our Lord, and of His Christ; and He shall reign for ever and ever.”. The other witness, Elijah’s little brother, presents his Savior His crown he was BLESSED to wear first from Adam’s former throne.

  15. If God’s throne has my brother, the Lord Jesus Christ to it’s immediate right, where would His eternal right-hand man be seated?

    • Yeshua is seated to the right of the Father UNTIL His enemies become His footstool. After that, He will be on Earth on David’s throne ruling the world in righteousness.

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      • A distinction exists for Two Moshiach Theology- Shiloh rules “by the rod of his mouth”, but my Brother Yeshua with a “rod of iron”. This paradigm still needs all Scripture to be accurate, and I don’t read “should” in Psalm 110:1. Is this a Hebrew word? Verse gematria totals 2171.

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      • This article’s topic involves removing Shiloh’s name from the “translation” you prefer. Based on your theology. My theology stays in front of the argument some might suggest–that for Shiloh, a prophet in Rev.11:3, to have global authority(Isa.11:4) would be unprecedented. No–Jeremiah 1:10 states otherwise; it absolutely pertains to your article.

  16. If I am the eternal king of Israel, (1Sam.2:35; Ezek.37:24), and my Brother is the eternal King of Kings, where do you think the Kings of Gen.17:6 will reign from? Who are they? The King of Kings brothers ruling the Earth for eternity! 1Sam.11:8=Judah is set aside to reign forever!

  17. I can’t read Hebrew, so with dramatic joy I share these thoughts with Father’s children who can. Schin-jod-lamed-he. Fire, hand, staff, behold. It can seem slightly like Moses at the burning bush. But with gematria, Shiloh and Moses are identical-345. Can Messianic Jews FAITHFULLY consider Deu.18:18 links to Eze.37:19? Shalom.

  18. Two Moshiach Theology makes these assertions- the scepter passes from Judah to Levi, Shiloh’s tribe. This paradigm next asserts Daniel’s 70 weeks highlights THREE characters, not two. “Prince” would not be omitted from Messiah’s next verse accidentally when it is vital to describe the identity of the third character. Shalom.

  19. To even CONSIDER any man could be soo unthinkably honored as to be included in HaShem’s Eternal Word, described as Messiah, in this way, demands exceptional justification. In Genesis 12 Abram is called to walk with his GOD, and though still 24 years from his new name, promises are made.

  20. Abram’s covenant-Gen.15:18. Abraham’s covenant-Gen.17-through the miracle of Sarah’s pregnancy. Moshiach ben Joseph-natural. My Brother, Moshiach ben David-supernatural. Joseph’s blessing(Gen.49:22-26) through his son Shiloh, natural. Eve’s seed through Sarah to Virgin Mary ending the curse of death-supernatural. Were Abraham and Ishmael circumcised the same day? Yes. Now read Gen.17:20 with Matt.19:28.

  21. Isaiah 66 is tied to May 14, 1948 in the hearts of millions. Still, Ezek.37 teaches BOTH kingdoms will return. Two Moshiach Theology asserts Jere.23:7 illustrates a miracle greater than the Red Sea crossing will bring the Northern Kingdom home. Now read Golda Meir’s autobiography with tears like she deserves.

  22. Two Moshiach Theology centers on two priestly lines. The Millennial Reign will have a High Priest in the order of Melchizedek. The Third Temple will have a high priest from the tribe of Levi, like Aaron. Jeremiah 33 speaks of Levites for a reason. Shalom.

    • I would point to Heb.5:10,6:20,9:24 and Jer.33:17-22 to evidence that Yeshua alone is priest according to the order of Melchizedek and only in the true and heavenly tabernacle, but not on earth. On Earth, Yeshua will sit as King on David’s throne, and the Levites will serve him in the earthly temple. Two-Mashiach theology centers on irreconcilable descriptions of Messiah (suffering servant who dies vs. victorious king who lives) except that there be two Messiahs or else two comings of the same Messiah (my position, obviously).

  23. I’m explaining when Christians convolute the Rabbinic distictions of Moshiach ben Joseph and Moshiach ben David into two arrivals of the same Person, they have to defend the same Person getting both Judah’s and Joseph’s blessings, Gen.49, AND “Messiah the Prince” and “Messiah” being the same person, Daniel 9. No.

  24. Dr. Eli, as an expert in Hebrew and Greek, would you agree that in Genesis 49:11 the subject is Shiloh, and that the prophecy foreshadows the triumphful entry as clearly in the original languages as it does in the KJV? Paradigm-Joseph’s second chariot-big and little chariots, big and little donkeys!

    • Grammatically, it would make more sense that it intends Judah as the subject, but since Yeshua is a member and key representative of Judah, it could prophetically be referring to Yeshua.

      • Do you think it might matter that my Brother, Adonai Yeshua came the first time as the king of the Jews, but returns as the King of Kings? I’m giving you options here, because your interpretation doesn’t seem to address the scepter leaving Judah, my Brother Yeshua’s tribe.

        • But the scepter doesn’t leave Judah, ever. Yeshua is from Judah and He forever possesses the scepter. “Until” (Hebrew ‘ad) doesn’t have to mean that the scepter will depart some day.

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          • I wouldn’t replace “until”. The scepter remained with Judah until Messiah Yeshua came, and Yehsua (being Judah) will forevermore possess it.

  25. There would still be Christian Martyrs without the new testament. Pentacost created a sect of Judaism that needs nothing but the Holy Spirit. Add red letters to this sect, and our faith is unshakable. Yet how valuable are the tanakh’s fulfilled prophecies to our sect? Invaluable. So we argue. Continued…

  26. We agree Gen.49:8&9 is about my Brother, Adonai Yeshua haMashiach- the Lion from the tribe of Judah thanks to pentacost. As we debate the next three verses, a primary divide between Judaism and our sect is played out- how to interpret Messianic prophecy. Let’s compare costs of each others interpretations…

  27. John 15:1. “I am the true vine..”. John 15:5. “I am the vine, ye are the branches…”. I LOVE seeing this analogy between my Brother Jesus and his disciples described also between Shiloh and my Brother Jesus, Shiloh’s Savior(Gen.49:11). I can’t WAIT untill the Rabbis see this connection. Your(?) interpretation….

  28. The analogy is just as clear from Zechariah- “…Behold the man whose name is The BRANCH…”. Zech.6:12. Do you suggest my Brother Jesus isn’t the vine in Gen.49:11, is “The BRANCH” elsewhere(Zech), and then, it’s His disciples who are the branches in John 15? The Rabbis deserve better… Romans 11:32.

    • Of course Yeshua is “the Branch” AND He is “the Vine”. But the dots between Gen.49:11 and John 15 do not need connecting; each is true, but conveying different messages. Tying a donkey to a vine would be silly unless it is a sizable vine. That, therefore, is the point of Gen.49:11. In the days of Messiah, there will be abundance like no other time, where even a vine will be suitable to tie off a donkey.

  29. There are unfulfilled prophecies in the old testament. Ultimately, to study these, you need a Rabbi, because Hebrew is the family tongue of who? Jews. Who wrote the DSS? Jews. Who wrote Torah? Jews. Who knows what it says? Jews. How did they write it? Through the Holy Spirit. Continued…

  30. The gentile’s family suffers exile from the garden of Eden. And the curse of death remains. The Jew’s family suffers this, and exile from Father Abraham’s Promised Land also! Double punishment? Yes. And double reward after the fullness of the gentiles is brought in! Prayerfully, in the Holy Spirit, consider…

  31. Why would new testament end-times prophecy include blessings given to the Jews only? How could 2000 years of gentiles believing a reward applied to their family that didn’t make sense? Written ahead of CENTURIES of Jewish suffering, even the Holocaust, and this while the gentiles fullness was coming in? Continued…

  32. This is why Jews with the old testament, and Christians with the new testament, in the Spirit, hold different end-times beliefs- and only new testament MYSTERY and old testament prophecy match! All Israel will be saved(Rom.11:32) when the Jews are PROVED RIGHT! Moshiach builds the Third Temple before the Tribulation!

  33. One price of your interpretation is “if”- Zechariah 6:15, KJV. How could anything done by my Brother Jesus Christ, be conditional? Your solution? Because my interpretation, that Shiloh is the man called the Branch, “Moshiach,” is clear- the Jews must accept my Brother Moshiach ben David died on a cross.

  34. Two-Moshiach theology rewards those who tremble at HaShem’s word with obvious interpretation in Isaiah 49:6-7. A light(v.6), is chosen(v.7), by who? The Redeemer of Israel AND his Holy One(KJV). HaShem AND my Brother, Jesus, choose Shiloh to raise up the tribes of Jacob-“the gathering of the people” that’s his, Gen.49:10.

  35. Psalm 132:17 again includes Shiloh with his Brother, Jesus Christ- the “lamp” being me and my Brother Jesus “mine anointed”(KJV). Here things get awesome, as lamp is nun-yud-resh. 260 gematria. There are 260 chapters in the new testament. My birth certificate (old)name is Tyler Pierson Alexander- 260 gematria(if a=1&z=26). SDG!!!!!!!

  36. Some may find English gematria too thin for serious theology. I feel they deserve to know, if they don’t, that 26 is not only YHWH, but also GOD. 7,15,4. The English alphabet? 26 letters. The tower of Babel has a new language- English. And it is worthless without Hebrew. Shalom.

  37. You can’t debate gematria exists. You either believe or not. No translation required. KJV has 1189 chapters. Ch.595 is the center. 37’s gematria indicates my Brother Jesus Christ(Gen.37;Eze.37,e.g.). Noah’s father was 595 at his son’s birth. 37×595=22015. Verse #22015 is Dan.9:26. My Brother Jesus Christ × Noah’s “senior” = H4899.

    • Of course Gematria exists, the question is to what extent it is reliable. If you have an agenda (hindsight bias), it is easy enough to find gematrial equivalences by applying a number of arbitrary calculations. Your name is 260 per your calculation which indeed is equal to nun-yud-resh. But it is also equal to qof-lamed-qof-lamed, “to curse”; vav-yud-mem-resh-dalet, “and he rebelled”; mem-chet-resh-yud-beth, “devastator”; and vav-chet-mem-resh-vav, “and his donkey”. Why aren’t these included in your calculations?

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