At the end of Genesis Jacob blessed his sons and declared Judah to be a lion, one whom his brothers will praise (Genesis 49:8-9). This prophecy was fulfilled when Judah’s descendant David became King of Israel. After David, all the kings of Israel descended from Judah, all the way to the Messiah (see Matthew 1:6-16). In Genesis 44 Judah steps up and shows his leadership as he pleads on behalf of his brother and father. Here is but one reason why the scepter of the King of Israel was handed to the family of Judah.