Judah” was Jacob’s son, but Judah also became the name of the southern kingdom of Israel. During the Jewish civil war prior to King David’s united kingdom, the ten northern tribes were known as Israel and the two southern tribes were known as Judah. Since Jerusalem was in Judah, Judah becomes synonymous with the government/religious hub of the Jewish people.

The Scepter” and “Ruler’s Staff” represented Judah’s authority to apply and enforce Jewish law, which was epitomized by the right to adjudicate and administer capital punishment on its own people.

The Old Testament prophets foretold the coming of Jesus and that he will belong to the line of Judah