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Genesis 49:9-10

“Judah is a lion’s cub; …The scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor the ruler’s staff from between his feet, until tribute comes to him; and to him shall be the obedience of the peoples.”

It baffles me that scholars scour the Gospels for blatant statements like, “Behold—I am Jehovah!” and when they don’t find that specific affirmation, they conclude that Jesus must not really be God. Or they scour the Old Testament prophecies for precise statements like, “A virgin named Mary will conceive a son named Jesus, and a carpenter named Joseph will be the adopted father, etc…” and then conclude from the absence of such a reference that Jesus must not be the Messiah. But tell me, scholar: what’s the correlation between a lion and a lamb?—between a scepter and a staff?—between a king and a shepherd? And how can Christ be called ‘The Lion of Judah’ and ‘The Lamb of God’?—‘The King of kings’ and ‘The Good Shepherd’?—the ‘Everlasting Father’ and ‘The Son of Man’?

I’ll give you a hint: because God in His incomparable artistry, in His unrivaled creativity, doesn’t just spell Himself out in black and white. He paints Himself through pictures.